Thursday, May 12, 2011

Ari Fleisher to Speak at Temple Beth El: Stamford Times

Ari Fleischer to speak at Temple Beth El, Stamford

STAMFORD -- Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary will speak at Temple Beth El, 350 Roxbury Road, Stamford at 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, following Kabbalat Shabbat Services.

Services begin at 7:30 p.m.

Fleischer will speak on "The Middle East: What Next?" This program is free and open to the community.

As former White House press secretary, Ari Fleischer was the primary spokesman for President George W. Bush and delivered the daily White House briefings from 2001 to 2003. He previously served as the senior communications advisor and spokesman for the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign. In his almost four years working for Bush, he served as spokesman during the historic presidential recount, Sept. 11, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the anthrax attack.

His book, "Taking Heat," details his years in the White House and reached No. 7 on the New York Times best-seller list.

Prior to joining then-Gov. Bush's campaign, Fleischer was the national spokesman and communications director for Elizabeth Dole's presidential campaign. In November 1994, he was hired as communications director by the House Committee on Ways and Means after Republicans took control of the Congress. He also served as press secretary to New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici from 1989 to 1994. From 1983 to 1989, Fleischer served as press secretary to two members of Congress from New York, and worked on several political campaigns.

Fleischer is a native of Pound Ridge, N.Y., and a 1982 graduate of Vermont's Middlebury College. Now president of his own firm, Ari Fleischer Communications Inc. -- a firm that provides advice to corporations and sports organizations on how to handle the press -- he resides in Westchester County with his wife, Becki, and their two children.

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman, spiritual leader at Temple Beth stated: "At a time of dramatic transition in the Middle East, and on the very day of the Netanyahu-Obama summit, Ari Fleisher offers crucial insight behind the scenes in the West Wing. I'm looking forward to his visit."

For more information on this presentation or Temple Beth El, contact Steven Lander, (203) 322-6901.

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