Beth El's head rabbi, Rabbi Alexander Davis, said this event isn't about ethics or about politics; it's about fundraising.
Charles Turchick, Evergreene Digest
Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: On June 12 Beth El Synagogue, in St. Louis Park, MN, announced George W. Bush would be speaking at a fundraiser on September 21. (See related item, below.) This article is author Turchick's satirical response.
June 11, 2012: In a letter to its members, Beth El Synagogue announced today that it is excited about the appearance of David Berkowitz ("Son of Sam") at an August 8, 2012, "important fundraiser for...[the] synagogue." The letter continues, "His appearance coincides with the 35th anniversary of Mr. Berkowitz's arrest for the murder of six people and wounding of several others, a time when New Yorkers came together with a singular purpose."
Because Mr. Berkowitz will be appearing on furlough from Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg, New York, security precautions will limit the attendance to 250 people. Tickets are priced from $1,250 to $3,600. Choice seats and pictures with Mr. Berkowitz in his prison garb will be afforded to the higher-priced ticket holders.
Former President George W. Bush will be speaking at a Beth El Synagogue fundraiser Wednesday, September 21. A candlelight vigil against torture and war crimes will be held outside the synagogue at 5224 W. 26th St. (26th St. and Hwy. 100) in St. Louis Park, 4:00-7:00 p.m. Come any time during the vigil. Security screenings for people attending the $1,250-$3,600 per ticket event will begin at 4:30, and President Bush will speak at 6:00.