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Join Jewish Austin Men for delicious dinners, TED-style talks and lively discussions with thought leaders from Austin and beyond.

JAMen membership is open to all Jewish men in Central Texas whether or not you are currently a member of the Dell JCC or a local congregation. All programs take place on the Dell Jewish Community Campus.


Season 7

Purchase a Dinner Package or Single Dinner for May 8, 2024

Jewish Austin Men (JAMen) is dedicated to improving the lives of Jewish men of all ages and backgrounds as fathers, husbands, brothers, sons, friends, Americans and Jews through thought-provoking speakers and small group discussions. JAMen is also a great place to reconnect with old friends or make new ones in our fast-growing Jewish community.

For questions about JAMen, contact Alachua Haskins at

2023-2024 Speakers and Programs

October 18, 2023

What America Needs to Succeed in a Multipolar World

Ambassador Dennis Ross

William Davidson Distinguished Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Affairs

November 15, 2023

How the Talmud Can Change Your Life: Surprisingly Modern Advice from a Very Old Book

Liel Leibovitz

Author, Tablet Magazine Editor-at-Large and Unorthodox Podcast Co-Host 

Generations donors Hurt family

December 13, 2023

The Deadly Rise of Anti-Science: A Scientist’s Warning 

Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD

Author and Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine 

February 21, 2024

Tel Aviv, Texas:  Why Record Numbers of Israeli Entrepreneurs Are Relocating to Austin and What They’re Up To

A Panel Discussion Moderated by Brett Hurt 

April 10, 2024

Inside Operation Thunderbolt: Rescuing the Hostages at Entebbe

Gadi Ilan

Former IDF Sayeret Matkal Entebbe Raid Commando

May 8, 2024

Hook ’em: An Evening of Texas Longhorns Basketball

Rodney Terry

Texas Longhorns Men’s Basketball Coach, University of Texas at Austin

JAMen Forum 

Season 7 Program Planning Committee 

Burt Kunik, Founder and Co-Chair
Jay Rubin, Co-Chair
Sandy Dochen
Robert Frachtman
Brett Hurt
David Kessler
Phillip Klein
Max Kunik
Rabbi Daniel Septimus
James Vertuno

Thank you to our 2022-23 Sustaining Members

Mike Abkowitz
Ted Altfeld
Arthur Altman
Russ Apfel
Bob Baer
Irl Barg
Richard Berkowitz
Robert Bilgrad
Rabbi Neil Blumofe
Ben Brown
Greg Chanon
Marc Cooper
Bruce Corman
Ian Davis
Marty Davis
Mitch Davis
Markus Drexler
David Edelman
Bruce Elliott
Matthew Erlebacher
Steve Feibus
Bob Frachtman
Howard Friedman

Mark Goldberg
Rick Goldberg
Bruce Golden
David Goldstein
Gary Greenblum
Dennis Gross
Adam Grossman
Bradley Harrison
Adam Helsinger
Brett Hurt
Craig Jankowsky
AJ Josefowitz
David Kahn
David Kaufman
David Kessler
Phil Klein
Ben Kogut
Jerrod Kogut
Lenny Krasnow
Lawrence Kroman
Burt Kunik
Daryl Kunik
Max Kunik

Randy Kunik
Joel Kutnick
Dennis Lanning
Carey Leva
Ron Levin
Paul Lewis
Luis Lidsky
Adam Loewy
Charles Mandelbaum
Lawrence Maze
Rob Milman
Dan Montgomery
Jeff Newberg
Alan Nirenberg
Mike O’Krent
Joe Orr
Rick Otis
Wayne Pappert
Jayson Rapaport
David Reifler
Ben Rosenberg
Rick Rosenberg
Charles Rosenblum

Jay Rubin
Alan Sager
David Saidel
Scott Samuelson
Greg Sapire
Michael Scharf
Edward Selig
Bob Senoff
Rabbi Daniel Septimus
Byron Smith
Michael Solka
Matthew Steinberg
Geoffrey Strongin
Jim Sud
Malcolm Trobman
Richard Vane
Jim Vertuno
Scott Winters
Charles Wolchansky
Dan Yahiel
Samuel Zell

As of 5/31/23

Alachua Haskins

Alachua Haskins

Learning and Engagement Director