Next Luncheon

July 11, 2024

Father George Balasko
Retired pastor of St. Ann Church, East Liverpool, OH



Rabbi Joseph Schonberger
Child of the holocaust survivors

Co-presenters since 1997


Topic: “Jesus Took the First Selfie


Father George Balasko retired as Pastor of St. Ann Church, East Liverpool, Ohio, in January 2012, and continues his work in adult education through his programming with the Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center. For decades, Father George has been a leader in the efforts of Ecumenism and Inter-religious Relations, particularly with the Jewish/Christian dialogue that was an outcome of the Nostra Aetate Document, of the Vatican Council II. For his tireless work, he has been recognized through numerous awards such as the Guardian of the Menorah Award (2012) from the B’Nai B’Rith of Youngstown, the Louis D. Brandeis Award, and the Kfar Silver Scholarship Plaque.

Rabbi Joseph Schonberger is a child of holocaust survivors, his extended family greatly influenced him to reinforcing his spiritual identity. His tradition and family have shaped his beliefs that every person has a G-D given Sacred purpose and meaning in this world and beyond. He grew up in Canada then came to America for higher education in Miami and New York City, including Miami Dade Community College, Columbia University and Jewish Theological Seminary. He learned music, psychology, Social Work and was ordained in 1981. Since 1981 he has served two pulpits: Bangor, Maine and Youngstown, Ohio. He has begun a new non-profit Tradition4U with hopes of helping people recognize and actualize their Higher Purpose reinforcing Faith, through learning, fellowship and helping others.