Yesterday, Sunday June 7, was the Twelfth Annual Ariel Avrech memorial Lecture.
Larry Elder, the Sage of L.A., spoke about the New Black Anti-Smitism. But Larry’s talk was far more personal than standard politics. Larry spoke lovingly of the Jewish State, a trip he took to Israel in his youth, and a rather unique, if not bizarre interaction, with a group of Arab kids in Jerusalem.
Larry also dwelled at length on and his deep personal connections to Jews in America, who, at every stage of his career, have stepped forward as guides, mentors, and friends.
This was a unique gathering because Larry is the only speaker we have ever had who actually knew Ariel. For when Ariel was in the ICU in Cedars Sinai, I contacted Larry, told him that Ariel was a great fan of his radio show, and asked if he could possibly visit. Larry called back within hours and arranged to visit Ariel that same week.
Even in his weakened state, Ariel was excited and thrilled. After their visit was over, as Ariel was drifting off to sleep, he murmured, “The Sage of LA is a real mensch.”
We had the biggest turnout for one of our memorial lectures ever. The love and respect the audience had for Larry Elder was on full display when he received a long standing ovation. Dozens of people gathered round Larry at the brunch taking selfies and telling him how much influence ha has had over their ways of thinking.
A video of the entire lecture is being edited now and will be posted here at Seraphic Secret in a few days. The lecture will also be posted on You Tube.