Is It Good for the Jews Part 4 with Al Treidel

Is It Good for the Jews? Part 4

A History of Jewish Involvement in American Politics from the Founding Fathers to the Present

Thursday, November 11, at 10:00 a.m. in the TBS Multi-purpose Room and on Zoom

Join us for a fascinating examination of Jewish involvement in American politics, how it has evolved and where we may be heading. “Is It Good for the Jews” is an interactive Nosh and Learn series that promises to capture both our curiosity and imagination. Since the time of the Founding Fathers, Jews have played a major role in the politics of our country. A high-profile member of George Washington’s Cabinet is believed to have had a Jewish parent. Florida’s first US Senator was Jewish. A Jew turned down a Supreme Court appointment from President Millard Fillmore and again later on from President Franklin Pierce. In 1863, a Jewish friend of President Abraham Lincoln successfully negotiated an end to the Civil War with the Confederate Cabinet, only to see it turned down by the Union Cabinet. President Theodore Roosevelt was the first to have a Jew serving in his cabinet. Today, Jews occupy seats on the US Supreme Court, in Congress, and in Presidential Cabinets far beyond their number in the US population.

• Join us for an in-depth discussion about the important role that Jews have played
In the political history of our nation.
• Learn about the many Jews who have served as major players in American politics.
• Hear how the Jewish experience in European politics has influenced Jewish political behavior.
• Explore a guiding principle for Jews when viewing political decisions: Is It Good for the

Al Treidel has served as an educator and educational leader for more than 51 years. He has taught students from upper elementary grades through university graduate students. Al has served as a public-school administrator and Director of Jewish Life Education in various congregations in Fairfield County, Connecticut. He spent the final ten years of his career as a turnaround specialist for struggling schools. Al presently serves as the Chairman of the TBS Program and Education Committee.

This 4-session program takes place on the following Thursday mornings at 10:00 am; Nov. 11, Nov. 18, Dec. 2, and Dec. 9

Please register by contacting the Temple Beth Sholom office at 941-955-8121 or

This program is free to TBS members; the cost for non-members is $20.00.