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Author/Journalist Peter Golden Offers “Synagogue Scholars” Talk at B’nai Sholom

B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation wraps up its popular “Synagogue Scholars” lecture series with a talk by award-winning author/journalist and B’nai Sholom congregant Peter Golden.

Golden will present his talk, “Jews, the Cold War, and Do Facts Really Matter?” during the congregation’s Friday, February 21, Shabbat service. The service and program, open to all who wish to worship and learn, begin at 8 p.m. B’nai Sholom is located at 420 Whitehall Road, Albany.          

                Golden’s lecture will focus on some of the favorite political stories American Jewry has been telling itself since the end of World War II, a number of which lead to the question: Do facts really matter?

Author of six full-length works of non-fiction and fiction, Golden has had his writings published in the Detroit Free Press Magazine, Times Union, New Jersey Monthly, Microsoft’s eDirections, Beyond Computing, Electronic Business, Midstream, The Forward, and Capital Region Magazine. His Quiet Diplomat, a biography of industrialist and political insider Max M. Fisher, made the Detroit Free Press bestseller list. Among those he interviewed for the book were Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush; Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, Alexander Haig and George Shultz; and Israeli Prime Ministers Yitzhak Shamir, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin. In 2012, Golden published O Powerful Western Star, a history of the Cold War, for which he re-interviewed Kissinger, Shultz and other world leaders, including Mikhail Gorbachev. Golden lives in Guilderland.


Begun in 2004, the “Synagogue Scholars” lecture series spotlights B’nai Sholom congregants who are recognized scholars in their fields. The popular program will return in 2015.

For more information, visit or contact the B’nai Sholom office at or phone 518-482-5283.



Founded in 1971, B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany is a home for contemporary Reform Judaism in the Capital Region. More than 150 diverse households from six counties seek religious, educational and social fulfillment at B’nai Sholom

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