Temple Beth Sholom Sisterhood and Hazak invite you to join us as Linda Recht shares her story of life in the foreign service from a Jewish perspective. The event is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 20 at 9:15 a.m. at Temple Beth Sholom.
Linda Recht was born in Pittsburgh and grew up in Cherry Hill. Her parents, Ed and Minna Recht, are long-time, active members of Temple Beth Sholom. Always interested in international affairs, she graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. She has a degree in foreign service and an honors certificate in Asian studies.
Linda has worked as a foreign service officer since January 1986 and has served overseas in Caracas, Venezuela; Ottawa, Canada; Lima, Peru; Tashkent, Uzbenkistan, and Dushanbe, Tajikistan. She studied Mandarin Chinese in Taipei, Taiwan and worked in a variety of positions in Washington, including in the Economic Bureau, the Counter Terrorism Bureau, and the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Linda is married to a retired foreign service officer, Robert Watts, and has two children. She speaks Spanish, Russian, and Chinese.
She found working for the State Department to be a wonderful, life-enhancing, unforgettable, yet challenging experience. Linda will speak about life in the Foreign Service, what it is like to observe Judaism all around the world, and some of her and her family’s challenges and unusual experiences.
Guests can register in advance for $5 or pay for tickets at the door for $10. Please RSVP by Dec. 15. A continental breakfast is included. All checks should be made payable to Temple Beth Sholom Hazak.