From New Amsterdam in 1654 to today, American Jews have taken up arms to defend their communities and serve their country. Temple Emanu-El proudly honors the veterans in our community with a special blessing at the ark at our Friday evening service during the week of Veterans’ Day. Temple members who are veterans and who are planning to attend should call the temple office at 212-744-1400 to allow us to plan for your attendance.
As our distinguished guest speaker on this occasion, Emanu-El welcomes Rear Admiral (Ret) Paul Becker, a 30-year Naval Intelligence Officer, whose assignments have included Director of Intelligence (J2) for the Joint Chiefs of Staff with the Pacific Command in Hawaii; the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in Afghanistan; U.S. Naval Forces Middle East in Bahrain; command of Central Command’s Joint Intelligence Center; and Assistant Naval Attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France. RADM Becker is the recipient of the National Intelligence Community’s and Department of Defense’s Distinguished Service Medals, National Military Intelligence Association’s Taylor Award for Leadership, the U.S. Army’s Knowlton Award for Military Intelligence, the Office of Naval Intelligence’s Layton Award for Leadership, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.