Since the early 1980s, Fred Israel and his wife, Lesley, have been well-known citizens of Talbot County. Having moved here after Fred’s brilliant career as an engineer, lawyer, entrepreneur, and advisor to Vice President Hubert Humphrey in Washington, the Israels have been active participants and philanthropists with area schools, cultural institutions, the Democratic party , as well as devoted members and leaders of the B’nai Israel Temple in Easton.
But its only after one digs a bit a deeper with Fred Israel and his experiences that you begin to understand his remarkable spiritual journey. A practicing orthodox Jew all his life, Fred nevertheless found himself chairing the academic committees of two highly regarded Jesuit schools, as well as a long time role with his alma mater, the Jesuit-run Georgetown University Law Center.
These experiences, combined with an intense intellectual curiosity on morality, natural laws and the philosophy of religion, would lead anyone to have strong ideas about and therefore the Spy was eager to sit down with Fred, who recently turned 90 years old, as part of our ongoing series on spirituality to talk about his early life, experiences and points of view.
This video is approximately seven minutes in length