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Renowned author Rabbi Harold Kushner to speak at Temple Beth El in January

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Rabbi Harold Kushner – author of the best-selling book “When Bad Things Happen to Good People” – will lead a public lecture on “Knowing Your Life has Made a Difference” on Jan. 12 in Fort Myers. Kushner’s appearance is being presented by Hope HealthCare Services. Dinner with Kushner begins at 5 p.m. at the Crown Colony Golf & Country Club, followed by the lecture on grief, loss and faith, at Temple Beth El at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $125 for dinner and $35 for the lecture. Both events are open to the public. Following the 1977 death of his 14-year-old son, Aaron, from the incurable genetic disease progeria, Kushner was faced with one of life’s most difficult questions: “Why, God?” In his grief, Kushner was inspired to write his best-selling book, offering wise and compassionate advice on how to cope with tragedy, what to do about anger and how to keep from feeling guilty. “Providing hope and healing to families who have experienced loss is part of our mission at Temple Beth El,” said Rabbi Jeremy Barras, leader of the Temple Beth El congregation. “Rabbi Kushner is an amazing and inspirational speaker, and his own experiences are extremely touching and insightful. We’re so pleased to help bring his message to Southwest Florida.” Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Kushner was educated at Columbia University and obtained his rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Kushner has also studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, taught at Clark University and the Rabbinical School of the JTS. He has received six honorary doctorates and many national awards. Kushner was named among the “50 people who have made the world a better place in 50 years” by the nonprofit organization, the Christophers, and Clergyman of the Year by Religion in American Life. His best-selling books have been translated into 14 languages. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 239-433-0018, ext. 101.

Occurs once: Jan 12, 2014 (5:00 PM to 9:00 PM)

Crown Colony Golf & Country Club
8851 Crown Colony Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33908

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