Published on July 30th, 2012 | by JLedger0
Sherman JCC hosts “A Rabbi in the Marines”
Rabbi Harvey Tattelbaum will discuss his experiences working with the Marines at Parris Island, N.C. as the next guest speaker in the JCC of Sherman’s “World We Live In” series, on Sunday, August 12, 11 a.m.
While stationed in Parris Island, Tattelbaum also became deeply involved with the Jewish communities of the “Low Country,” particularly Beaufort and Walterboro, and dealt with some of the tensions facing the “new/old South” in the aftermath of the major Supreme Court desegregation decision of 1954.
His efforts branched out in numerous directions, but his first priority was to minister to the needs of the Jewish troops — and some non-Jewish troops as well — in the arduous basic training program of the U.S Marine Corps. He found himself not only an officer and Chaplain but also, at times, father, mother and counselor. Basic training was designed to be nearly as stressful as battle for the young candidates. It was his sacred duty to help as many as possible reach graduation from Parris Island in order to get to the next level of training. These experiences created some unforgettable moments.
After military service, Rabbi Tattelbaum served as rabbi of the Village Temple in New York City and then, for 39 years, as Rabbi of Temple Shaaray Tefila in Manhattan. He and his family have had a country home in New Milford for 46 years.
For more information call (860) 335-8050.