Rabbi to share stories

Gershon Weissman

Gershon Weissman

Rabbi Gershon Weissman will speak on the topic “Blessings from Jerusalem! Stories of a Resilient People” at 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 16 at a private home in Agoura Hills.

Weissman, who is from Jerusalem, Israel, is a former rabbi of Temple Beth Haverim and The New Shul of the Conejo

Weissman and his wife, Sheva, made aliyah (immigrated to Israel) in 2012 to Jerusalem where they had met in 1971.

Just like the Jewish people who wandered for 40 years in the Sinai wilderness during the exodus from ancient Egypt, Weissman served congregations for 40 years, primarily in the Los Angeles area, before moving to the Promised Land.

Two of the Weissmans’ three children also live in Israel with their families as well as six of their nine grandchildren. They also have a daughter who lives in Burlingame, Calif., with her family and three children, who annually visit Israel to be with the family.

In Israel, the Weissmans volunteer for Emek Lone Soldiers, which assists young volunteer soldiers in the Israeli Defense Forces who have no immediate family in Israel.

Through this program, hundreds of soldiers have an adopted community of caring families who provide many types of assistance, especially on their days off from service duty.

All friends of the Weissmans are welcome to attend the talk.

To make a reservation, email the rabbi at gershonweissman@gmail.com.