On Sunday morning, October 8, at 10:15 award-winning Canadian author/journalist Dean Jobb will be discussing his book “Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler who Seduced a City and captivated the nation” at Emanuel Congregation, 5959 North Sheridan Road in Chicago. The book details, in an engaging story, how during the 1920s, Chicago con-man Leo Koretz pulled off a Madoff-like swindle involving the loss of millions of dollars in a scandal that shocked both the United States and Canada. It is a fast-paced narrative that is brilliantly written. The event is free and open to the public.
Congregation Emanuel, located on the Lakefront, at 5959 N. Sheridan is launching its 2017-18 Speakers Series this fall. Programs are free and open to the public. This year’s series is dedicated to Emanuel’s late Rabbi Herman Schaalman, whose insatiable intellectual curiosity inspired so many over the years.
The first speaker is New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Eig, whose recently published book, Ali: A Life is being acclaimed as the most definite biography of the iconic Muhammad Ali. The author interviewed more than five hundred people who knew Ali, giving us a powerful and compelling personal account of the man known as “The Greatest.” Mr. Eig’s presentation is Sunday, September 24, at 11:15 am.
On Sunday, October 8 , Dean Jobb, the author of Empire of Deception, speaks at 10:15 am. The book is subtitled “The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation.” That master swindler, back in Chicago’s Jazz Age, was Congregation Emanuel member, Leo Koretz, whose investors included at least six prominent Emanuel members as well as congregational Rabbi Felix Levy. Please rsvp by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org for either one or both of these events.