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High Holidays of Hope

Levinson Hall, JCC Squirrel Hill - Enter the JCC through the Darlington Road door

September 26, 2022

Rosh Hashanah

Immigrants, Refugees, and Yinzers: All of Us Neighbors

Monday, September 26 • 3-4 pm
Levinson Hall • JCC Squirrel Hill

Join us for a soulful conversation with our Pittsburgh neighbors no matter their country of origin. Our conversation will be highlighted with the sounding of the shofar (ram’s horn) as a wake-up call to all of us for how we need to “love the stranger because we were strangers in the land of Egypt”. We will share apples and honey for sweetness.

Our moderator, Feyisola Akintola, Manager, Office of Immigration Affairs for the City of Pittsburgh, will guide us through a conversation with neighbors including those from Afghanistan, Ukraine, the Congo, Latin America, and Asia.

Feyisola Akintola, Manager, Office of Immigration Affairs for the City of Pittsburgh

Feyisola Akintola is the Manager of the Office of Immigration Affairs for the City of Pittsburgh. In her role Feyisola is charged with overseeing the city’s Welcoming Pittsburgh initiative which aims to build bridges across cultures. Feyi believes it is her job to focus on how she can better open the doors of local government to ensure residents and communities have access and feel welcomed. In addition, she manages the city’s involvement with Sister Cities. Feyisola graduated from the University of West Georgia and Chatham University. She lives in Carrick.

We are grateful to Rabbi Ron Symons, Melissa Hiller, Maggie Feinstein, Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife, Spiritual Leader Sara Stock Mayo, and for their spiritual leadership of these programs.

Please RSVP HERE

Vaccines are required on the honor system.  Please feel free to wear a mask if you like.

Enter the JCC through the Darlington Road door.  All other JCC entrances will be closed. (Electronic door will be kept open.)

LIVESTREAM THE EVENT HERE No need to register


Yom Kippur

When Rights are Challenged – Standing UP with Our Neighbors
Women and Their Families – The Incarcerated and Their Families – The LGBTQ+ community and Their Families

Wednesday, October 5 • 3-4 pm
Levinson Hall • JCC Squirrel Hill

Join us for an essential conversation about our responsibility to stand UP with our neighbors when their reproductive health rights, civic engagement rights, and gender identity rights are restricted. Our conversation will be highlighted with modern interpretations of the Yom Kippur confessional prayers. We will conclude with a contemporary Yizkor – Memorial Service.

This program provides the community with a spiritual way of better understanding the challenges our neighbors face. While each of us might have our own opinions, the JCC – as an agency – focuses on the impact on our neighbors and how we can stand UP with each other. We choose a values-based approach rather than a partisan approach.

Our moderator, Lisa Schroeder, President and CEO of The Pittsburgh Foundation will guide us in a conversation with Sydney Etheredge, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania; Anna Hollis, President and CEO, Amachi Pittsburgh; and Lynz Sickler, Executive Director, Proud Haven.

Sydney Etheredge, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania
Dedicated and motivated health care professional with a strong background in health center operations and non-profit program management. Focused on improving the sexual and reproductive health care landscape for people in this county by working in roles with increasing responsibility and leadership within companies at the forefront of the movement. Deeply committed to fighting for health equity and the elimination of health disparities in the United States. Proven ability to direct successful team projects, including budget management and implementing effective policies and procedures. Background in health policy and business development.

Anna Hollis, President and CEO, Amachi Pittsburgh
Dedicated to improving lives of families affected by incarceration. Anna Hollis is the long-time Executive Director of Amachi Pittsburgh, a local non-profit working with children who have an incarcerated parent. She has extensive knowledge of local and state criminal justice issues, especially as they pertain to families. Anna also has vast experience managing mid-sized nonprofits, fundraising, lobbying, and serving as a consultant and public speaker.

Lisa Schroeder, President and CEO of The Pittsburgh Foundation
Lisa Schroeder is President and CEO of The Pittsburgh Foundation. She was appointed in February of 2019 and took the helm in June of that year to lead the philanthropy, which was established in 1945. As the leader of one of the oldest and largest of the country’s 750 community foundations, Lisa is only the sixth president and first woman in the position.

Lynz Sickler – Proud Haven, Executive Director
I am a community advocate with over 25 years of experience working directly with LGBTQIA+ youth, young adults, and those experiencing crisis. I serve on multiple nonprofit and community-based boards to support the greater LGBTQIA+ community and help increase my ability to encourage collaboration and increase resources for those we serve. I am an avid volunteer, love working with people, and work well both independently and in groups. I love a challenge.

We are grateful to Rabbi Ron Symons, Melissa Hiller, Maggie Feinstein, Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife, Spiritual Leader Sara Stock Mayo, and for their spiritual leadership of these programs.

Please RSVP HERE

Vaccines are required on the honor system.  Please feel free to wear a mask if you like.

Enter the JCC through the Darlington Road door.  All other JCC entrances will be closed. (Electronic door will be kept open.)

LIVESTREAM THE EVENT HERE No need to register

 

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