MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 5, 2009- Alan “Shlomo” Veingrad, a former offensive lineman with the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers, will be a special guest speaker at John F. Kennedy High School (3030 Villeray) in St. Michel on Friday, November 13 (10:30 a.m.).
After his retirement, Veingrad became an ultra-religious Jew. He has become known around the world as the only orthodox Jew who wears a Super Bowl ring when he prays. His message is inspiring to audiences of all religions.
With remarkable candor and alacrity, Veingrad keeps his audiences spellbound with his accounts of the intense training, ruthless competitive atmosphere, and performance requirements of professional football life. He relays his personal breakthroughs and accomplishments during his five years with Green Bay and two years with Dallas, playing for legendary coach Jimmy Johnson alongside Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman and record-breaking running back Emmitt Smith.
Relating his experiences as a professional athlete, a sales and marketing executive, and an observant Jew, his presentations bring audiences laughter, inspiration and valuable insights into both life and business. A captivating speaker and storyteller, Shlomo describes how the lifestyle he fell into after his retirement from professional football left a void that unwittingly lead him to the Torah and Mitzvos.
Veingrad’s visit to Montreal is being sponsored by Congregation Chevra Kadisha B'nai Jacob - Beit Hazikaron in Snowdon, the Sally and Norman Raicek Lecture Fund and the EMSB. The decision for him to address the students at John F. Kennedy High School was chosen specifically as an outreach exercise.
While in town Veingrad will appear at a special Shabbaton at the Chevra Kadisha B'nai Jacob - Beit Hazikaron (5237 Clanranald) on Friday evening Nov. 13 (6 p.m.), a special Shabbat celebration on Sat. Nov. 14 (8 p.m.) geared towards those aged 18 to 36 while on Sunday, Nov. 15 (noon) he will be leading an NFL football clinic at Macdonald Park, open to the community. For more on his story go to: www.alanveingrad.com, www.kiruv.com/forYourInspiration/btStories/From_football_to_faith.asp or