BretStephensphotoPress release from Congregation B’Nai Israel

On the morning of Sunday, May 3, Congregation B’nai Israel in Rumson welcomes the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Bret Stephens, for a discussion about Israel, Iran and Global Jihad.

Stephens, the Wall Street Journal’s foreign-affairs columnist and deputy editorial page editor, is responsible for the international opinion pages of the Journal. and is a member of the paper’s editorial board. Following the 11 am lecture, Stephens will answer questions and sign his new book, America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder. Books will be available for sale.

Stephens comes to the Two River area with first-hand knowledge about the Middle East. He began his career in journalism at The Journal but at the age of 28, Stephens became editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post, where he was responsible for the paper’s news, editorial, international and digital editions.

In late 2004, Stephens came back to The Journal and has since reported stories from around the globe. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize he won in 2013 for columns on American foreign policy, he is the winner of a South Asian Journalists Association award for his writing on the Kashmir earthquake (2006), the Breindel Prize for excellence in opinion journalism (2008), the Bastiat Prize for his columns on economic subjects (2010) and the University of Chicago’s Alumni Board of Governors Professional Achievement Award (2014).

In 2005 he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.  Born in the U.S. and raised in Mexico City, Stephens has an undergraduate degree, with honors, from the University of Chicago, and a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics. He lives in New York City.

Scheduled in celebration of Israel Independence Day, the lecture is open to the public and all are invited to attend. Seating may be limited, so advance registration is requested. The lecture is free for members of CBI and the Red Bank Chapter of Hadassah but for all others, there is a $5 fee. To register, go to The lecture is being sponsored by the Adult Education Committee at CBI and the Red Bank Chapter of Hadassah. For additional information about this or other events at the synagogue, please contact CBI Director, Emilie Kovit-Meyer, at (732)842-1800 x 203 or