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January 27, 2012  RSS feed

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Analyst to speak on ‘Muddy Middle East’

Micah Halpern Micah Halpern The community is invited to attend Temple Ahavat Shalom’s annual fundraising program, this year featuring Micah Halpern, well-known author, columnist, social and political commentator, on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m.

Halpern will speak on “Making Sense of The Muddy Middle East” when he appears at the Palm Harbor temple.

A frequent analyst on network television and radio in the areas of terror, the Middle East and Muslim fundamentalism, he is the author of the recently released, best-selling, book Thugs: How History’s Most Notorious Despots Transformed the World Through Terror, Tyranny and Mass Murder.

His voice is recognized by listeners to talk radio across America and to his weekly feature, “A Safer World,” on USA Radio Network. His face is familiar to viewers on CBS, FOX, MSNBC and to those who watch documentaries on PBS, The Learning Channel, The History Channel, Discovery and the Food Network.

In addition to his most recent book he is author of What You Need To Know About: Terror, an online accessible book that succinctly answers the questions we are afraid to ask.

Halpern lectures frequently both in the United States and Israel on issues relating to terror, foreign affairs,

Israel and the Middle East, as well as wine history, and popular culture.

Halpern has been invited for consultations in the White House with terror analysts and has addressed conferences sponsored by the Justice Department. PBS called on his expertise as a historian for their four-part series on Herod and by The History Channel for the documentary film Masada, in which he also appears. He has also contributed religious commentary for CNN and ABC television.

For fun, Halpern writes a column on kosher wines. He is the only exclusively kosher wine reviewer in the Western world.

A native of Annapolis, he currently divides his time between Jerusalem and New York City.

General admission tickets for the event are $18, $36, $54 or $100. Patron level tickets, for $500, include two tickets to the lecture with reserved seating, recognition in the program, and a dessert reception.

Sponsor level tickets start at $1,000 and include dinner with Halpern prior to the lecture, along with other perks, depending on the sponsorship.

For ticket information and sponsorship opportunities, contact the temple office at (727)785-8811, ext. 2 or email

The temple is at 1575 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor.

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