The Akron Jewish community is invited to come together for a series of Community Shabbat Dinners in 2018. The first will be held on Feb. 16 at Anshe Sfard, starting at 5:30 p.m. with a Kabbalat Shabbat service and dinner at 6 p.m.
The evening's speaker will be Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger. He will share his amazing life story, as chronicled in his book A German Life: Against All Odds Change is Possible, which describes his struggle growing up in Germany in the shadow of his father, a highly-decorated WW II tank commander and Nazi officer. Dr. Wollschlaeger eventually converted to Judaism, emigrated to Israel and served in the Israel Defense Forces as a medical officer. In Spring 2018 he will release his novel Samson's Shadow and his book Stauffenberg: My Live in the Shadow of a Hero.
Sponsored by the Shaw JCC of Akron with Anshe Sfard, Beth El Congregation and Temple Israel and underwritten by the Jewish Community Board of Akron.
Bernd Wollschlaeger, M.D.,FAAFP,FASAM is a board-certified family physician in private practice (Aventura,FL). He received his medical education in Germany and Israel and completed his residency training at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL. He received additional training in addiction medicine and is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Dr. Wollschlaeger also serves as a Voluntary Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Miami. School of Medicine, the Florida International and the Florida State University College of Medicine.
He is a former Board member of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians (FAFP) , the Past President of the Dade County Medical Association (DCMA) and the Past President of the Florida Society of Addiction Medicine (FSAM).
In 2012, he received the FAFP Family Physician of the Year Award and he is also the recipient of the 2014 German American Business Chamber Award of Excellence.
He is a member of the American Jewish Comittee Greater Miami and Broward chapter and was the Chair of the Project Interchange an educational institute of AJC. It brings opinion leaders and policy makers to Israel for a week of intensive travel and learning. Participants experience Israeli society, connect with their Israeli counterparts and learn about Israel’s extensive contributions in their fields.
Dr. Wollschlaeger is also a book author, and his book “A German Life: Against All Odds Change is Possible” describes his struggle growing up in Germany in the shadow of his Father, a highly-decorated WWII tank commander and Nazi officer. He eventually converted to Judaism, emigrated to Israel and served in the Israel Defense Forces as a Medical Officer.
In Spring 2018, he will release his novel “Samson's Shadow” and his book “Stauffenberg: My Live in the Shadow of a Hero.” He also actively participated in the documentary “The Ghosts of the Third Reich” which was aired in the US, Europe, Brazil and China. In addition he is producing a documentary titled “ Elias' Dream: A Man's Journey Towards Peace” highlighting the issue of Jewish – Arab Coexistence in Israel.