About me: Leonard Beder

Leonard Beder 298 (photo credit: )
Leonard Beder 298
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TRY ONE YOURSELF>>> Age: 80 Residence: Los Angeles, California Married? With children? Married 55 years with one son and three grand children Occupation: Economist Education: Post Graduate - Economics Pets: None Religious affiliation / observance: Jewish / Reform Last person / party I voted for: Independent Next person / party I will vote for: Not sure My history (100 words max): Born in South Bend Indiana. Served in US Navy during WWII. Spent the better part of my career serving in the federal government. I am now retired Family history (100 words max): Both parents came from a shtettle near Kiev in the Ukraine. My father arrived in the States in time to serve the American Army in World War I My connection with Israel: In 1980 I was posted to Israel to work on a joint project with the Ministry of Defense. In Israel I discovered a whole people, who had preserved its spiritual values and national identity for two thousand years in exile. And unlike any other people in history, retained sufficient vitality to experience the rebirth of their nation on its native soil. I was proud to belong to such a people. I recently came across a stack of notes, taken during my stay in Israel. Organizing them into book format, I called the product of this effort "The Israelites - The Story of an Ancient People" and posted it to my web site www.zionpress.org. Judging by the level of activity it is generating, there is more than a casual interest in the subject On Friday night, I... have Kabalat Shabath, which is special. My daughter-in-law who converted to Judaism leads us in prayer. My grandchildren who are receiving a Jewish education follow along in Hebrew Last book I read was: Power, Faith and Fantasy by Michael Oren Happiness: 1-10 (10 being the happiest) 10 TRY ONE YOURSELF>>> Meet all 'About Me' participants