Rabbi Irving Elson will share his stories from serving as a chaplain for our armed forces in IRAQ.
It promises to be an interesting perspective on his unusual experiences.
Rabbi Elson, a native of Mexico City, earned his undergraduate degree at Yeshiva University and his rabbinic ordination at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He spent most of his rabbinate as a chaplain in the United States Navy and Marines, where he ascended to the rank of Captain (highest ranking Jewish chaplain in all of the U.S. Armed Forces). Upon retirement, Rabbi Elson became the Head of the Jewish Chaplains Council and the Director of Armed Forces and Veterans Services at the Jewish Welfare Board. He currently spends his time recruiting rabbis to serve in the armed forces and veterans affairs chaplaincies. Rabbi Elson also directs professional training conferences and lay leadership workshops, and advises the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs on matters of Jewish welfare in the Armed Forces and at Veterans Hospitals. When not here in Potomac, Rabbi Elson is often visiting U.S. Armed Forces bases and installations worldwide.
Following his talk, there will be time for Q&A.