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Richard H Bernstein to speak at Chabad Lubavitch Dinner

Thursday, 16 May, 2013 - 6:43 pm

bernstein2a.jpgRichard H Bernstein will be the guest speaker at the Chabad Lubavitch 'ONE' dinner taking place later this month. 

Richard is a lawyer in a Detroit firm, a lecturer at the University of Michigan, an ardent athlete, and a pro-bono advocate for disabled rights.

Born blind, Richard chose to find meaning in his disability and dedicated his life’s work to rights for the disabled. In one well-publicised case, he challenged the city of Detroit, Michigan, to install wheelchair lifts in public buses - and won.  Another landmark case he won was against the University of Michigan, requiring their stadium to accommodate the needs for disabled seating, restrooms, concessions and parking.

In his tireless work for disabled rights, Richard has also won breakthrough cases against The International Triathlon Union, American Bar Association, Northwest Airlines, Oakland County Road Commission, and the City of New York and New York City Department of Transportation.

bernstein.jpgIn his spare time, Richard is an avid runner and has completed 17 marathons. In 2008, he completed the grueling Ironman Triathlon at the age of 34. The Ironman includes a 112 mile bike ride, 26.2 mile marathon and 2.4 mile swim, without a break. He finished the Ironman in 14 hours and 36 minutes.

Richard has won many awards for his legal advocacy and community work. On April 12, 2013, Richard was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Chabad Lubavitch 'ONE' Dinner takes place on Monday 20th May. At the dinner Chabad Lubavitch UK will be honouring Gerald Ronson CBE and Dame Gail Ronson. Forty years ago, they planted the seeds by helping establish the first purpose-built Lubavitch school in Stamford Hill. There will also be a special guest appearance by Brit Award nominated artist Alex Clare.

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