MEET THE PRESENTERS
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.
Lance Goldberg has worked in the wine industry for more than 20 years. He is a certified specialist of wine, a member of the Society of Wine Educators, and holds a Level one certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers. He is a sommelier and store manager at Gourmetphile, a little slice of Europe in Boca. Most of the store's wine and food cannot be found at big box stores or in retail. The store is highly curated – more than 50 bottles are tasted for every one that is brought in, and many of their foods have won major awards.
Bill Gralnick attended PS 217 and Midwood High School. He attended George Washington University (twice), has a certificate in Urban Planning from the U. of Pittsburgh, and an Honorary Doctorate from FAU. Throughout his career, he has had approximately 900 op-ed pieces published in newspapers around the country, and for seven years, he was a columnist for the Boca News. He has published four books, one of which is "The War of the Itchy Balls and Other Tales from Brooklyn.”
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
Martin Green, D.C. has been an avid car collector and enthusiast for 42 years and has lectured on cruise ships on the history of the automobile industry and the evolution of the car hobby. He has extensively studied how the U.S. economy continues to be influenced by the automobile industry, particularly fuel prices and the socioeconomic implications thereof.
Deborah Green is a retired commercial litigation attorney, native Yiddish speaker and translator, and the daughter of Holocaust survivors. She has translated numerous Yiddish books and articles, primarily Yizkor [memorial] books written by Holocaust survivors and Yiddish newspaper articles written during that time. Her current work focuses on books written by Jews who volunteered to fight in the International Brigades and fought against Franco during the Spanish Civil War. She recently translated "Journey through the Spanish Civil War", a nonfiction narrative describing life in the Spanish hinterlands during the Spanish Civil War, based on articles written at the time the events were happening by S.L. Shneiderman, a foreign correspondent for the world-wide Yiddish Press. She is currently writing "Kaddish for the Fallen: Jews Fighting Fascism," based on never-before translated information that explodes the myth of Jewish pacifism and communism before, during, and after World War II and explains the reasons for those myths.