SCHENECTADY–“Seders In Service: Jewish War Veterans Recall their Passover Memories” will be the theme of the Sunday, April 14, Congregation Gates of Heaven Brotherhood Breakfast-and-A-Speaker Program. It will feature a panel of five veterans led by Paul Zonderman, Vietnam veteran and commander of the Jewish War Veterans Post 106 in Schenectady. Zonderman will be joined by veterans from across the region, representing an array of Jewish military experiences, from the Cold War, Vietnam, the Gulf War, the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Breakfast at the temple, 852 Ashmore Ave., Schenectady at 10 a.m. will be followed by the presentation at 10:30 a.m.
Key themes will be how Pesach highlighted a sense of Jewish identity while in service, and how the military culture dealt with this holiday.
Zonderman served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1965-68, with a tour in Vietnam with the Third Marine Division in 1966-67. He will be joined by fellow Vietnam War veteran Al Finkel and New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Jason Lefton, a veteran of multiple tours to Bosnia, Kuwait and Iraq. Retired Army Lt. Col. Lance Wang and New York Army National Guard Col. Richard Goldenberg, both veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom from JWV Albany Post
105, also will share their experiences.
Other area veterans will be welcome to attend and share their experiences about Jewish life in uniform, specifically during the observance of Passover, according to organizers.
Breakfast is free for Gates Brotherhood members, $4 for others. The presentation at 10:30 a.m. is free. No registration is needed.