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December 13, 2013  RSS feed

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Rabbi whose interview toppled legendary reporter bringing his ‘world tour’ to Clearwater

Rabbi Dr. David Nesenoff Rabbi Dr. David Nesenoff Rabbi Dr. David Nesenoff, known worldwide for his interview that led to the downfall of longtime White House correspondent Helen Thomas, will speak in Clearwater on Thursday, Jan. 9.

This is part of Nesenoff’s international tour that has taken him to Australia, England, Ireland, Canada and many parts of the United States. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 2580 Gulf to Bay Blvd.

Rabbi Nesenoff is known for his exceptional delivery and humor, as well as his life-changing messages.

He is most famous for his video interview with the dean of the Washington Press Corps, the late Helen Thomas, outside the White House in 2010 following an American Jewish Heritage reception. In the video, that went viral, Thomas told Rabbi Nesenoff that the Jews should “get the hell out Palestine… and go home … to Poland and Germany.”

At that moment both of their lives changed forever. Within days of posting a one-minute excerpt of the encounter on his website,, Thomas was dropped by her speaker’s bureau, castigated by the White House Correspondents Association and abruptly resigned from Hearst Newspapers. For his part, Rabbi Nesenoff earned national media attention including writing an op-ed for the Washington Post on the controversy. He also received hundreds of death threats.

Nesenoff’s one-man show, more than just a lecture, is about everything from his relationship with the divine, his front-row seat in the world media, Israel, anti- Semitism, and his personal, some would say supernatural journey. It is a story of cyber hatred, life-threatening danger and oddly enough, humor.

“The entire greater community is excited to catch Dr. Nesenoff’s very unique, funny and meaningful program while he is locally in town,” said Rabbi Levi Hodakov of Chabad of Clearwater. “We are fortunate and blessed to actually be able to schedule him.”

“From the White House to Pinellas County; it’s been quite a journey,” Rabbi Nesenoff said. “I enjoy traveling, inspiring and most of all making my audiences laugh and laugh!”

“David’s journey is unique to him, but also universal,” said Rabbi Shalom Adler, director of Chabad of Pinellas County. “He faced the ugliness of bigotry and anti-Semitism, but has come out stronger and even more confident than before.”

Admission is $10 per person, or $180 for sponsors. To RSVP, log on to or or call (727) 265-2770 or (727) 89- 0408.

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