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A Yom Kippur Commitment

Online on ZOOM

September 16, 2021

2:30-3:45 pm

Moving Beyond Hate: Lessons from Billings, MT and Life in Pittsburgh, PA

Thursday, September 16 – 2:30-3:45 pm
Free and open to all
Register HERE for this Zoom event

Join the JCC’s Center for Loving Kindness on the holiest day of the Jewish year to reflect on the moral impact of responding to hatred in Billings MT, Pittsburgh, and our country.

A brick thrown through the bedroom window of a six-year-old Jewish boy in 1993 in Billings, Montana, sounded an alarm for the increase in extremism and intolerance and inspired courage and solidarity from residents. Hear from former Montana Senator Margaret MacDonald who reflects on her 28 years of countering hate and the power of community-wide solidarity in responding to hate.

Other special guests include award-winning stand-up comedian and motivational speaker Gab Bonesso, mural artist and advocate Camo Customz, and founding Program Manager for the Office of Interfaith Dialogue and Engagement at the University of Pittsburgh, Emiola Oriola who will share the creative energy they use to move beyond hate. Rabbis Ron Symons and Aaron Bisno, Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife and Spiritual Leader Sara Stock Mayo will guide us in a contemporary Yizkor (Remembrance) service for all those we lost.

Community Partners include:

  • 10.27 Healing Partnership
  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
  • Kesher Pittsburgh
  • Not in Our Town
  • Repair the World
  • Rodef Shalom Congregation
  • Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition

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