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Speaker 'Travels' Back in Time for Ambassadors Dinner

November 15, 2007
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(Front row) Leonard and Lynne Barrack and (back row, from left) Lee Sussman, Michele Barrack, Michelle Barrack, Sarah Erlbaum and Jeffrey Erlbaum Photos by Jordan Cassway

Mitch Albom, best-selling author, newspaper columnist and television commentator, essentially traveled back to the future on Oct. 24 when he served as keynote speaker for the 2007 Ambassadors Dinner hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. The dinner setting -- Federation's new Radnor Campus -- is the future home of the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy.

Albom, a Philadelphia native, graduated from the Jewish day school when it was known as Akiba Hebrew Academy. During his talk, he emphasized the profound influence that his day-school experience has had on shaping the values that guide his personal and professional life.

The dinner honors the generosity of the Ambassadors, who make a minimum gift of $100,000 to the Federation.

Leonard Barrack, chairman of Federation's board, and Ira Schwartz, president and CEO of Federation, hosted the program.

For more information about the Ambassadors, call Carol G. Weener, director of Leadership Philanthropy, at 215-832-0521.

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