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Ari Schonbrun Speaking at Kushner Academy

img_7423For some reason or other I was very nervous today before I spoke. I was at the Kushner School in Livingston, NJ and after I was introduced they showed a short video of the events of 9/11. It took me back to a very difficult place and it took me longer than usual to gain my composure. Maybe it’s because it’s the 15th Anniversary, maybe it was the fact that most of these high school kids were not even born when 9/11 happened. I really don’t know. What I do know is that once I got into it I was really going strong. You could hear a pin drop. The auditorium was huge. There were 500 kids along with teachers, staff members and a few parents. I also had the opportunity to meet Donald Austin, the head of Newark Academy before the program began. By the time I was done I had kids and adults alike coming over to me telling me how they now have a new outlook on life. How amazing is that. The Principal came over to me and said that they have had literally hundreds of speakers over the years but I was by far the best speaker that they ever had. He was amazed that the kids sat for an hour without so much as a peep. I was touched to hear that even after the program had ended, the students talked about what I had shared in my presentation in the hallways and in their classrooms. That made me feel good. It is statements like these that always gives me renewed strength to keep doing what I’m doing because I am making a difference.

Please help me to continue spreading my message. If you know of any organization or any company that is looking for a motivational speaker, please send them my way. They won’t be disappointed.

I can’t thank you enough for yesterday. The students and faculty  enjoyed and were very much inspired by your talk enormously.. The conversations even continued back in the classrooms. Many different points resonated with different people. Your talk also motivated us to take the tragedy and do our part to make a difference in the world. It made a huge impact on all of us.

Rabbi Richard Kirsch
Kushner Academy

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