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Schlesinger To Run For Re-Election To Macon City Council

by Amanda Smith

Laurence Schlesinger, Rabbi of Temple Beth Israel in Macon, Georgia and Macon City Council member, has announced his intention to run for re-election to his Macon City Council post.

Schlesinger is a native of Washington, DC and received his B.A. in Religion from the George Washington University in 1973. He 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, as well as its Anna Lurie Prize in Human Relations and the Saul Aronwitz Prize in Jewish History. In 2003, the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Divinity.

A Macon City Council member since 2007, Schlesinger currently serves Ward III, Post 1 and serves on the Public Safety Committee and as Chairman of the Community Resources and Development Committee. Schlesinger is one of five Macon City Council members who are elected by citywide vote and citizens will have an opportunity to vote for his re-election during the Primary election on July 19, 2011. "I want to continue my efforts to revitalize and protect our neighborhoods as well as to continue my focus on economic development throughout the city," said Schlesinger. "When we were running four years ago, we knew that we would have financial challenges and when our sales tax revenues plummeted, it created an uncertain situation," he continued. "I believe the accomplishment of the Mayor and City Council has been that we were able to meet the challenge and keep the city afloat financially."

Schlesinger 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 as a Steering Committee member of the Center for Racial Understanding, the Girl Scouts of Middle Georgia, and the Booker T. Washington Community Center. Rabbi Schlesinger is also a graduate of the Leadership Macon Class of 2006, a member of the Rotary Club of Macon, and serves with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office as a deputized chaplain.

For over thirty years, Rabbi Schlesinger has been married to the former Darrie Simmons of New York City who is currently an AXA Financial Professional in Atlanta, a board member of the Jewish National Fund in Atlanta, and a very accomplished Jewish artist. They are the very proud parents of two grown daughters, Danielle and Arielle.

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