David Passer, z"l Annual Social Justice Lecture
Date: 
November 18, 2018 - 9:15am
Location: 
Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesnewas a dear friend and colleague of David Passer for more than twenty years. Rabbi Pesner currently serves as the Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and also as Senior Vice President of the Union for Reform Judaism. Named one of the most influential rabbis in America by Newsweek magazine, he is an inspirational leader and tireless advocate for social justice.  Rabbi Pesner's work has focused on encouraging Jewish communities to reach across lines of race, class, and faith in campaigns for social justice. He is dedicated to building bridges to collectively confront Antisemitism, Islamophobia, and other forms of hate and bigotry. 
 
During this session, Rabbi Pesner will address issues near and dear to David's heart, including LGBTQ equality, social justice in the United States and Israel, and an inclusive Jewish community. Continental Breakfast will be provided.
 

According to Susan Altman, current TST executive director: "David Passer, z"l, was the first TST executive director and assumed that role in 2008. David was an indispensable part of the professional team at Shir Tikva. He maintained our building with love; he was a point-person for many who celebrated simchas at Shir Tikva; he managed the day-to-day operations and oversaw the communications of our community among other roles."

 
"For many, he was the first person to welcome them into the TST community. He was a problem-solving jack-of-all-trades and a constant source of warmth, stability, kindness and strength. He laid the ground work for me, as the second executive director. He left a big hole in many hearts when he passed away in 2014 and he left big shoes to fill. Those shoes remain under my desk as a constant reminder of who came before me. To honor his memory, the David Passer Annual Social Justice Lecture Fund was created in 2013, as a special fund to be used to educate our community about current and timely social justice
issues in the community." 
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