MANALAPAN, NJ --  International television and radio personality and bestselling author Rabbi Shmuley Boteach will speak about his recent meeting with Pope Benedict XVI at a presentation on Thursday, May 6, at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive.

The free 7 p.m. lecture is part of the Library System’s month-long lineup of events to commemorate Jewish American Heritage Month this May.

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Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Rabbi Shmuley, a strident critic of Pope Pius XII's proposed elevation to sainthood, has been invited by the Vatican to view documents relating his beatification.  Rabbi Shmuley will share his experiences about meeting Pope Benedict XVI, in preparation for his upcoming Pope Pius XII debate in New York City on May 26.

Pope Benedict XVI has moved to bring the controversial World War II pontiff, Pius XII, a step closer to sainthood, despite persistent allegations from historians and Jewish groups that he did not do enough to help prevent the murder of six million Jews at the hands of Nazi Germany, according to news reports.

While in the Vatican, Rabbi Shmuley also planned to ask the Pope for his support for Shumley’s “Turn Friday Night into Family Night” initiative, which encourages parents to spend Friday nights at home with their family to give children one uninterrupted night focused on them. “I hope the Pope joins me in support of ‘Turn Friday into Family Night,’ which I believe is a program that will positively impact the world’s families, of any religious denomination” Rabbi Shmuley says on his website.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach is the international best-selling author of 23 books and hosts “The Shmuley Show” on WABC, 770AM, in New York City and the national TV show 'Shalom in the Home,' on Planet Green. He is the founder of This World: The Values Network. His website is www.shmuley.com

For more information about Rabbi Shmuley’s visit to the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, or about other upcoming Jewish American Heritage Month events, please call 732-431-7220, or click on www.monmouthcountylib.org.