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Adath Israel to Honor Rabbi Asher Zeilingold at Gala Banquet


Rabbi Asher and Sema Zeilingold

Rabbi Asher Zeilingold, spiritual leader of Adath Israel Congregation, St. Paul, will be honored at a special event marking his 70th birthday, on Wednesday evening, November 3, 2010, in the “Great Room” at the Mall of America. The event will also mark the 45th year since Rabbi and Mrs. Zeilingold accepted the positions of Rabbi and Rebbitzen of the congregation.  

Rabbi Asher and Mrs. Sema Zeilingold arrived in Minnesota in April, 1966 to assume the leadership of the fledgling Adath Israel Congregation in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul. Adath Israel had recently been formed by a merger of three synagogues formerly located on St. Paul’s West Side.

Rabbi Asher Zeilingold is the most senior pulpit Rabbi in the State of Minnesota.

Over the past four-and-a-half decades, under Rabbi Zeilingold’s guidan


ce and leadership, Adath Israel Congregation and the Orthodox Jewish community of St. Paul have grown, taking an important position on the Minnesota Judaic landscape. Since 1968, Rabbi Zeilingold has prepared and written a regular column for the American Jewish World, entitled A Torah Thought for This Week.

Richard Levine and his wife, Arlene Berenson, will co-chair the event. In an announcement to the community, Dr. Levine noted that the keynote speaker at the event will be the Honorable Yehuda Avner, of the Israel Foreign Service. During a lengthy diplomatic career, Ambassador Avner served as Consul in New York, Counselor at the Washington Embassy, Ambassador to Great Britain, non-resident Ambassador to Ireland, and Ambassador to Australia. Between overseas postings, he served as speech writer, secretary, and advisor to Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin, and Shimon Peres. Ambassador Avner is a frequent guest columnist for the Jerusalem Post.

Yehuda AvnerHis most recent book, The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership, has been published in Israel, and will be released for publication in the United States in early September.

Adath Israel Congregation respectfully requests all Twin Cities Jewish organizations to avoid scheduling conflicting events for the evening of November 3, 2010.

For further information, please call the Adath Israel office, 651-698-8300, press #3 as soon as the greeting begins, and leave a message.