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Rabbi who taped Helen Thomas to speak in Fairfield

Published 6:56 pm, Thursday, December 6, 2012
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Rabbi David Nesenoff, whose 2010 video of White House journalist Helen Thomas' controversial remarks about Jews in Palestine went viral and led to her resignation, will speak at Chabad of Fairfield on Thursday evening, Dec. 13.

Nesenoff will appear at 7:30 p.m. at the 1571 Stratfield Road synagogue and talk about anti-semitism and the use of the Internet to spread hatred.

Operator of his own website, a blogger and filmmaker, Nesenoff in May 2010 interviewed the then-89-year-old Thomas after a White House celebration of Jewish heritage. In the interview, which Nesenoff videotaped, Thomas said Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine" and "go home" to Poland, Germany and the U.S.

The dean of the White House press corps, Thomas had covered 10 administrations as a United Press International correspondent and in more recent years as a columnist for Hearst Corp. Her remarks to Nesenoff prompted outrage. She later apologized but within days resigned.

Chabad of Fairfield said Nesenoff's presentation will be "To Catch an Anti-Semite: A Story of Humor, Danger, Spirituality, the Hand of God, Media Bias and Cyber Hatred."

Tickets are $18 in advance and $25 at the door. Proceeds will cover the cost of the program, Chabad said.

Nesenoff received the Jewish Learning Institute's National Hero Award at the National Jewish Retreat in Greenwich in 2011, Chabad said.

For reservations, visit www.chabadff.com or call 203.373.7551.