MEET THE PRESENTERS
Luis Fleischman, Ph.D., earned his master's and doctoral degrees in sociology from the New School for Social Research in New York City and a bachelor's degree in political science from Tel Aviv University. He is currently a professor of sociology at Palm Beach State College. Previously he worked for the Jewish Federations of Palm Beach County as Vice President for Community and Political Relations, where he worked on issues related to the Middle East, U.S. national security, and domestic issues. Fleischman is the author of “Latin America in the Post-Chavez Era: The Threat to the U.S. Security”; and “The Middle East Riddle: A Study of the Middle East Peace Process and Israeli-Arab Relations in Changing Times”, (2021). He is the founding co-president of the Palm Beach Center for Democracy and Policy Research.
Ron Friedman is an accomplished professional with strong credentials in non-profits, the private sector, and the public services arena. His disciplines include leadership, management, marketing, strategic planning, and fundraising. In the private sector, he was Vice President of Marketing for American Express Card for the merchant categories and headed task forces for the Chairman and CEO. Previously, he served in account management positions in major advertising agencies. In the non-profit sector, he created and led a team for Operation Exodus for United Jewish Appeal (now called Jewish Federations of North America), which culminated in rescuing approximately 1 million Jews from the Former Soviet Union and resettling them in Israel with about $1 billion raised in support of the effort. He was Managing Director of the State of Israel Bonds and Chief Operating Officer of the Anti-Defamation League. His consulting experience includes health care, where he created and led a private sector team that identified $500 million in net revenues/savings for the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, the largest municipal health care system in the U.S. Ron served as an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at the Fordham University Graduate School of Business Administration. He earned an MBA with Distinction from the New York University Graduate School of Business Administration and graduated first in his class. Ron has a B.A. from Brooklyn College. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and the Air National Guard.
Riva Ginsburg has taught Yiddish Language and Culture at both the State University of New York (SUNY) Binghamton and Florida Atlantic University. While at Binghamton, she was credited as having the largest Yiddish program in the country with over 100 students each semester. She presents lectures and courses through Lifelong Learning at FAU as well as synagogues, country clubs and various organizations. Riva was born in a displaced person camp in Fahrenvald, Germany after World War II and Yiddish was her native tongue. As a daughter of Holocaust Resistance fighters, she lectures on Jewish Resistance and the Generation After the Holocaust. She received an undergraduate degree at Stony Brook University and completed graduate work in the field of education and conflict management.
Rabbi Michael Gold, Ph.D. serves as the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Shalom in Boca Raton, FL. He earned his doctoral degree from Florida Atlantic University with a dissertation on process philosophy and Jewish mysticism. He is an adjunct professor of philosophy and religion at Broward and Miami-Dade Colleges.
Jerrold Goldstein was born and raised in N.J.. He earned his B.A. in History and Political Science at Monmouth University (N.J.) and his Juris Doctorate at American University (Washington College of Law). He was a Civil Trial lawyer in New Jersey from 1967 through 2000 and is the current owner of a consulting company that assists attorneys before trial. He was an Adjunct Professor of history at Kean University in Union, NJ, from 2000 until 2021. He moved to Florida in 2023. His vast experience in lecturing on American History topics at the university level and adult education courses, along with his trial experience, provides a unique experiential opportunity to educate and entertain.
Harvey Granat leads an exciting life as a performer and music historian. He performs at various supper clubs, resorts, and other cultural venues, including Lincoln Center, Norton Museum, Feinstein's at the Regency, Metropolitan Room, Birdland, and Canyon Ranch, where he has performed more than 250 shows. He presents a very popular series on “The American Songbook” at The 92nd St Y in NYC, now in its 7th year. His shows are unique in that they focus on a composer or lyricist, combining the performance of their songs with fascinating inside stories from their lives. Granat produced four-time Academy Award winner Sammy Cahn on Broadway in the very successful “Words and Music”. His friendship with Cahn led to his serving on the Board of The Songwriters Hall of Fame with Cahn. He is a major collector of original letters and manuscripts of some of the greats and there is a "Harvey Granat George and Ira Gershwin Collection" at The Library of Congress