Medved, who lives in Seattle, will appear at the Chabad Beth Tefillah synagogue Sunday at 7:30 p.m. He will deliver the kickoff lecture of the Atlanta Dayanut Institute winter semester series, entitled “Israel alone? How the Jewish state can continue to flourish in an often hostile world.”
“Basically, what I’m going to be [addressing] is the connection between Israel and the U.S., which is not based upon Jewish political influence as many of Israel’s critics suggest,” said Medved, who is Jewish. “There’s a deep connection that goes back to the beginnings of the American republic — long before the official establishment of the modern state of Israel.
“In other words, I’m going to be speaking on why it is the U.S. alliance with Israel has been so historic, so important and so much more robust in the last two decades, say, than the earlier history of the Jewish state.”
Medved’s three-hour nationally syndicated program airs daily, reaching 3.5 million-plus listeners on nearly 200 radio stations across the country — including Atlanta’s TALK 920 AM.
He expects its broad range of listeners to be represented at Sunday’s appearance. That translates to a crowd of interested parties between ages 15 and 90.
As with his radio show, though, not all of them will likely be on the same page as Medved, who, to borrow a self-effacing line from Ronald Reagan, is “a conservative, but not angry” about it.
“Basically, what’s different about our show is it’s called your ‘daily dose of debate,’” Medved said. “We favor guests and callers who most often disagree with me.
“I think that’s the most important and entertaining way to approach the big issues in life — which is to air them out and talk about them from different perspectives.”
Medved, also a best-selling author, does not take to the airwaves to dish exclusively on politics. Pop culture and American history are also frequent points of discussion.
His Sunday hosts spoke favorably of his scheduled appearance.
“Obviously, he’s a known and recognized [figure], who we hope will attract a wide spectrum of people,” said Rabbi Yossi New. “He’s very intellectually stimulating and a lively personality … I think people are drawn to him, whether they agree or disagree with him.”
If you go:
o What: Michael Medved appearance
o When: Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
o Where: Chabad Beth Tefillah, 5065 High Point Road in Sandy Springs
o Tickets: $15 with advance reservation; $18 at the door
o Information: to RSVP, call (404) 843-2464, ext. 102 or visit www.chabadga.com/medved