Gang-to-rabbinate bio topic for Women’s Academy brunch

incredible“Incredible! From the Bronx to Bnei Brak: The Amazing True Story of Rabbi Yossi Wallis” by Rabbi Nachman Seltzer is the title for this year’s Women’s Academy for Jewish Studies community-wide book brunch, which will be presented by Southwest Torah Institute at  Congregation Chofetz Chayim on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 11 a.m., with registration beginning at 10:45 a.m.

“Incredible!” ties 500 years of Jewish history into the life of one family, sharing the saga of Wallis, who rose from membership in an all-Jewish gang in the Bronx to become CEO of Arachim, a global outreach organization. His story includes family ties to the Spanish Inquisition, the Holocaust and pre-State Palestine.

“This is a contemporary true story full of physical and spiritual courage, spine-tingling adventure and utter dedication to Torah,” says Esther Becker, who has presented the annual women’s book event for almost a decade.

“The book shows the powerful way that our ancestors play a significant role in who we are and what we become. The story empowers us to be the pacesetters and ancestors for the generations that will follow us, just in time for the High Holidays,” adds Becker.

Copies of “Incredible!” are available directly from Becker. The cost for the book and brunch is $36, with seating limited to 100 women. RSVP to Becker at 591-7680.