The 19th Annual 

Connie Spear Birnbaum Memorial Lecture 

Sunday, May 1 2022, 5:00 pm EDT 

(Rosh Hodesh Iyyar)

at Congregation Beth El-Atereth Israel, Newton

(COVID Precautions Observed)

and Via Zoom 


Featuring Keynote Speaker

Major General Amos Yadlin

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A Multi-Access Event at Congregation Beth El-Ateret Israel

and Via Zoom--Registration is required for both venues

In establishing the lecture which bears Connie's name and growing it from strength to strength over the course of the past 19 years, we have tried to channel her resourcefulness and creative energies by planning a program where we can all draw strength by coming together and being enlightened by a uniquely qualified Israeli Jewish leader-- a military hero, defender of the Jewish state, and diplomat-- Major General Yadlin is just that leader!






Learn more about Major General (ret.) Yadlin in his interview with AIPAC: CLICK HERE.


The Connie Spear Birnbaum Memorial Lecture is free due to the generosity of our donors. If you wish to support us with a tax-deductible gift earmarked for the annual lecture, you may do so on line or by check.


Please note the giving levels for this event:

  • Pillar: $250+ 

  • Patron: $100-249 

  • Sponsor: $54-99 

  • Friend: $36-53 

  • On-line donations: please CLICK HERE and select Donate to Connie Spear Birnbaum Memorial Lecture. 

  • Donations by check: Please make your check payable to The Synagogue Council of Massachusetts, write "Connie Lecture" on the memo line, and mail your check to:

The Synagogue Council of Massachusetts
1320 Centre Street, Suite 306 
Newton, MA 02459

Lecture Topic:


Major General (ret.) Amos Yadlin joins the Middle East Initiative as a senior fellow after 40 years of service in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). He served as a fighter pilot for 33 years, ultimately becoming Deputy Commander of the Israeli Air Force. He then earned the rank of Major General, served as a commander of the IDF Military Colleges and the National Defense College, Defense Attaché to the United States, and Chief of the Military Intelligence Directorate. He was Executive Director of the Institute for National Security Studies from 2011 to 2021; under his leadership it was named the number one think tank in the Middle East and North Africa by the University of Pennsylvania’s Global Go To Think Tank Index Report in 2020.

19th Annual Connie Spear Birnbaum Memorial Lecture Donors

Pillars: $250+ 

Herbert Birnbaum

Fred Cohen

Bruce & Madelyn Donoff

Joni & Rodney Falk

Todd Heller & Ruth Klein

Robert & Janice Kerwin

The Lynch Charitable Foundation

Rabbi Daniel & Ruth Pernick

Rabbi Shayna & Jonathan, z"l, Rhodes

Fabienne Rottenberg

Jill & Larry Sandberg

Erica & Jerry Silverman

Fiza Singh

Susan & Joe Stone

Patrons: $100-249 

Alan Teperow, honorary chair & Suzanne Hanser

Maurice & Sarah Aghion

Arnold & Barbara Andler

Michael & Joyce Bohnen

Gretchen Marks Brandt & Stewart Brandt

Carole & David Decter

Judith Freedman Caplan & Barry Caplan

Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills

Debra & Bernard Friedland

Jack Gilad & Doug Hauer

Arthur Greenberg

Charles Jacobs

Aaron & Ellen Kischel

John & Randi Lapidus

Phillip & Robin Levy

Brian & Judy Miller

Murray & Barbara Miller

Alan Nelson

Jeremy Nussbaum

Keith & Naomi Osher

Rabbi Barbara Penzner

Elizabeth & Bob Pressman

Richard Saltzberg

Rabbi Sam & Jenni Seicol

Rachel Seliber

Danny & Rifkie Silverman


Sponsors: $54-99 

Steven & Renee Bellin

Prof. Solomon Friedberg & Karen Siller

Payson Greene

Michael & Riselle Hirsh

Ronda & Joshua Jacobson

Sally Kaitz

Lawrence S. Milner

Eva & Alan Radding

Mike Rosenberg

Adrienne Ruch

Elliot & Adrianne Sternthal

David & Carol Stollar

Paul Tatelman

Jonathan Tepper

Walnut Street Synagogue of Chelsea

Carol Wasserman

Abby & Daniel Wyschogrod

Friends: $36-53

Irene Gaffin

Lori Gilman

Jesse & Brenda Hefter

Robert Karasov

Lillian Leavitt

Aviva Lev-Ari

Paula Levine

S.A. Levy

Carl & Naomi Lopkin

Marvin & Judy Packer

Edna M. Perlmutter

David Rozenson

Jan Schwartz

Gertrude Stoller

Carol Turkewitz

Nathan Zielonka & Ann Bellows

Tribute Committee

Herbert Birnbaum, lecture founder
Alan Teperow, honorary chair
Rabbi Marc Baker
Rav-Hazan Aliza Berger
Rabbi Daniel Berman
Ben Birnbaum

Joyce & Michael Bohnen
Gretchen Marks Brandt
Rabbi Ariel Burger
Jeremy Burton
Councilor Andrea Campbell
Rabbi Noah Cheses
Fred Cohen
Rabbi Wes Gardenswartz
Professor Lewis Glinert
Rabbi Leonard Gordon
Rabbi Mark Gottlieb
Steven Greenberg
Shirah Hecht
Brenda & Jesse Hefter
Ronda & Joshua Jacobson
Rabbi Howard Jaffe
Bernice Sis Kazis
Aaron Kischel

Rabbi Carl Perkins
Elizabeth Pressman
Rabbi Victor Reinstein
Rabbi Michelle Robinson
Cantor Elias Rosemberg
Jay Sage
Rabbi Benjamin Samuels
Craig Schneider
Rabbi Gershon Segal
Barry Shrage
Jerry & Erica Silverman
Sandy Slavet 
Horace Small
David Stollar
Rabbi Mendy Uminer
Rabbi Moshe Waldoks
Cantor Howard Worona

Rabbi Henry Zoob

Sponsoring Synagogues /Organizations

Sponsored by the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts in cooperation with the following organizations and synagogues:

Chabad of Chestnut Hill
Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP)
Congregation Beth El-Atereth Israel, Newton
Congregation Beth Israel, Metairie, Louisiana
Congregation Beth Israel, Worcester
Congregation Kehillath Israel, Brookline
Congregation Mishkan Tefila, Brookline
Congregation Shaarei Tefillah, Newton
Congregation Shirat Hayam of the North Shore

Hebrew College
JCC of Greater Boston
Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston 
Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts 
Minyan Darchei Shalom of Newton
Minyan Ma'or, Newton
Temple Beth Avodah, Newton
Temple Beth Shalom, Needham
Temple Beth Zion, Brookline
Temple Emanuel of the Merrimack Valley
Temple Emanuel of Newton
Temple Emeth, Chestnut Hill
Temple Emunah Lexington
Temple Etz Chaim, Franklin
Temple Hillel-B'nai Torah, West Roxbury
Temple Isaiah, Lexington
Temple Israel of Natick
Temple Israel of Sharon
Temple Ohabei Shalom, Brookline
Temple Reyim, Newton
Temple Shalom of Newton
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism-Northeast District

Walnut Street Synagogue of Chelsea
Young Israel of Brookline
Young Israel of Sharon


Last Year's Lecture: An Event to Remember 

The 18th Annual 

Connie Spear Birnbaum Memorial Lecture & Chai Anniversary Celebration--

 The event videos

Part 1:  Slide show, welcome, excerpts from previous lectures, "Shabbat Hamalka"

Part 2:  Horace Small, Andrea Campbell, Ben Birnbaum and featured speaker, Yossi Klein Halevi

Part 3:   Excerpts from previous lectures, expressions of gratitude, special guest speaker (Sophia) "Lo Alecha Hamalacha Ligmor", credits