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Thomas Friedman to Speak at Village Shalom Ages of Excellence Celebration


Karen Glickstein, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Village Shalom, today announced  three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas Friedman as the speaker for the 2016 Ages of Excellence Celebration scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the InterContinental Hotel. There will be a patron dinner at 6 p.m., presentation at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. champagne dessert reception. The Co-Chairs are Village Shalom board members Bruce Kershenbaum and Alana Muller.  The Ages of Excellence Celebration proceeds will provide financial assistance to Village Shalom residents who rely on the community for vital care and services. 

Bruce Kershenbaum stated, “We are certainly looking forward to Thomas Friedman's insight into foreign affairs, global issues, economic policy and overall politics just a few days post the general election in November.  I am honored to chair this year’s event with fellow Board Member Alana Muller. Village Shalom's Ages of Excellence event is a wonderful community wide event held to raise awareness and funds for the financial assistance of our residents at Village Shalom.” 

Thomas Friedman is an internationally renowned author, reporter, columnist, the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and the author of six bestselling books, among them “From Beirut to Jerusalem” and “The World is Flat.” Mr. Friedman joined The New York Times in 1981 and was appointed Beirut bureau chief in 1982. In 1984 Mr. Friedman was transferred from Beirut to Jerusalem, where he served as Israel bureau chief until 1988. Mr. Friedman was awarded the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting (from Lebanon) and the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting (from Israel).

Thomas Friedman

 Mr. Friedman's book, "The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century," was released in April 2005 and won the inaugural Goldman Sachs/Financial Times Business Book of the Year award. In 2004, he was awarded the Overseas Press Club Award for lifetime achievement and the honorary title, Order of the British Empire (OBE), by Queen Elizabeth II.

His book, "From Beirut to Jerusalem" (1989), won the National Book Award for non-fiction in 1989 and "The Lexus and the Olive Tree" (2000) won the 2000 Overseas Press Club award for best nonfiction book on foreign policy and has been published in 27 languages. Mr. Friedman also wrote "Longitudes and Attitudes: The World in the Age of Terrorism" (2002) and the text accompanying Micha Bar-Am's book, "Israel: A Photobiography."  

Born in Minneapolis on July 20, 1953, Mr. Friedman received a B.A. degree in Mediterranean studies from Brandeis University in 1975. In 1978 he received a Master of Philosophy degree in Modern Middle East studies from Oxford. Mr. Friedman is married and has two daughters.

His newest book, “Thank You for Being Late: Finding a Job, Running a Country, and Keeping Your Head in an Age of Accelerations,” will be released this fall.

Proceeds from the Ages of Excellence Celebration will provide much-needed financial assistance to Village Shalom residents who rely on the community for vital care and services.  The Financial Assistance Program provides support for seniors living at Village Shalom whom no longer have the financial means to pay for the cost of their care. Helping to address seniors and their families during such a vulnerable time in their lives, the Financial Assistance Program covers the cost of residential care in its entirety, subsidizing everything, including meals, housing, therapies, skilled nursing as well as their emotional, social and spiritual needs. In 2015, Village Shalom underwrote $1.4 million in health care.

Matt Lewis, President and CEO, stated, “We provide a safe harbor for families struggling with the deeply complicated challenges of caring for their loved ones.  What price do you put on that?” He continued, “We work closely with many seniors who have fallen through the cracks of the health care system. For more than 15 years, we have helped hundreds of people and given out more than $20 million to underwrite their care to ensure that our mission is fulfilled for each and every family. Through the support of events like Ages of Excellence Celebration and this generous community, we will continue to serve families for generations to come.”

Information on sponsorships for Ages of Excellence Celebration can be found at or by contacting Village Shalom Director of Philanthropy and Community Engagement Michelle LaPointe at 913-266-8412 or