Greg has been invited to speak on topics like volunteerism, social justice & philanthropy - including many events that have involved Jewish leaders &/or Jewish audiences. For example, at a day-long event, Greg & Nobel Peace Prize honoree Elie Wiesel were the two speakers. In Africa, Greg delivered the Legacy Lecture to SA Jewish Museum patrons (& his art was exhibited for the night). North American events have included student audiences (i.e. Twin Cities Jewish Youth Service Conference), people who work with students (i.e. event for staff & counselors of JCC's Elaine Frank Apachi Day Camp), philanthropists (i.e. a dinner for donors of an organization that supports Jewish seniors) & gatherings of intergenerational audiences (i.e. an event co-sponsored by Jewish Federation of Peoria & Bradley University Hillel) & older adults (i.e. private event for Holocaust Survivors in California). The books (The Silhouette Man & The First Thirty) based on Greg's story tell the tale of a young Jewish teacher's efforts to make a difference, and the grandparent (& other people) who shape his interest in service, social justice & philanthropy. The First Thirty was NSDLC Multicultural Relations Book of the Year. The page 1 reviews include one from the head of the Holocaust & Genocide Foundation in South Africa. The Silhouette Man was honored in Canada as a book that celebrates the wisdom of seniors. The books &/or companion workbook (A Place To Sit) have been used in a variety of ways by many different schools, companies & organizations. For instance, Temple Sinai got copies of the book in conjunction with its Mitzvah Weekend. The Jewish Center got copies for its Bar Mitzvah students. Organizations (i.e. Genesis Mitzvah Fund & Jewish Association of Aging) have ordered the books, workbooks &/or related posters for Jewish people in their communities. (Scroll down)
A program for emerging Jewish leaders in Pennsylvania got copies for its participants in advance of their group trip to Israel - & had Greg serve as Scholar-in-Residence for a Shabbaton Retreat. The group repeated the same process with their new cohort the next year. Its sister chapters in Canada ordered the books for their participants, too. Zeta Beta Tau got copies for 200 attendees at its Convention & had Greg serve as keynote speaker. He also was honored as ZBT's annual Man of Distinction. Locations like National Museum of American Jewish History, Virginia Holocaust Museum, Museum of Jewish Heritage (NY), Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, The William Breman Museum of Jewish Heritage & US Holocaust Memorial Museum have selected the books for their on-site stores. The books & related posters also have been used in contests (i.e. South African Holocaust & Genocide Foundation gave copies of the Legacy Poster to students who won its art & writing contest). Greg's connections with the Jewish community &/or Jewish leaders have extended into the media as well. The Washington Post wrote a kind story comparing the paths & legacies of Greg & Steven Spielberg. In addition to other mainstream media like Good Morning America and USA Today, he has been featured by outlets like Cleveland Jewish News, Chicago Jewish News & Jewish Journal. At times, he has written for the media as well - including an article for Canadian Jewish News. To read a sample of book/workbook/event-related feedback from Jewish groups & media, click here.