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Schlesinger Runs For Ponder's Vacant Macon City Council Seat





On Friday, April 13, 2007, Larry Schlesinger will announce his intention to run for the vacant Macon City Council in Ward 3, currently held by Anita Ponder, who is running for mayor.  The press conference will be held at 12:15pm at the Booker T. Washington Community Center at 391 Monroe Street, Macon, Georgia.


"My campaign for this seat is the result of what has become an ongoing personal mission to improve communication, understanding and the quality of life in this city, as well as my commitment to bring fresh ideas and new beginnings to the table that are designed to bring our diverse city together and restart its thinking," says Schlesinger.


A native of Washington, D.C., Larry Schlesinger received his B.A. in Religion from The George Washington University in 1973, and went on to rabbinic studies at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City where he received his M.A. in Hebrew Literature in 1976, Rabbinic Ordination in 1978, and the degree of Doctor of Divinity in 2003.

Schlesinger is a servant leader who is very active in Macon community affairs and civic activities.  He helped found and organize the Downtown Macon Clergy Association - a coalition of African-American and white clergymen and -women.  He also serves on the Steering Committee of the Center for Racial Understanding and as a board member of the Booker T. Washington Community Center.  Schlesinger is a member of the Macon chapter of the NAACP, is chairman of the Tubman Museum's 2007 Pan African Festival's Interfaith Service, and serves on the planning committee of Mayor C. Jack Ellis' Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day clergy breakfast and observance.

Schlesinger is also a graduate of the Leadership Macon Class of 2006, a member of the Rotary Club of Macon, a board member of the Girl Scouts of Middle Georgia, and he serves the Bibb County Sheriff's Office as a deputized chaplain.  Last year, he appeared onstage in the Macon Little Theatre's production of 'The Diary of Anne Frank,' and he is a regular "Faith and Values" columnist for the Telegraph.

Schlesinger lives in downtown Macon where he serves as Rabbi of Temple Beth Israel.  For over thirty years, he has been married to the former Darrie Simmons of New York City, and they are the proud parents of two grown daughters, Danielle and Arielle.




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