High Holidays Speakers, Breakout Sessions, and Panels

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Yom Kippur morning, Wednesday, October 5, 11:30 am

Isaiah Talk — Bill & Sharon Murphy, Founders of Mary House

Mary House has successfully resettled hundreds of families seeking refuge from crises occurring all over the world. While families have come from everywhere, from Bosnia to Iraq to Ethiopia, Mary House’s primary population remains immigrant families from Central and South America who have fled from violent situations in their home countries.

Yom Kippur afternoon, Wednesday, October 5, 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

On Zoom

Climate Challenges — Hosted by the Kehila Green Committee with Rafe Pomerance, Chair of Arctic 21 and founder of the Climate Policy Center, presenting on New Climate Legislation

Staying hopeful in Challenging Times — Cherie Brown, director of the National Coalition Building Institute

Aging, Engaging and Saging — Franca Posner, MSW, with Wendy Miller, author of Sky Above Clouds, and Linda Johnson, retired Cornell University Washington Director

Hannah Arendt: Truth and Insecurity — David Luban, Phd, Department of Philosophy, Georgetown University

Judaism and Women’s Reproductive Rights — Hosted by the Kehila Social Action Committee with speaker Allison Korman, Director, DC Abortion Fund


Yom Kippur afternoon panel, Wednesday, October 5, 5:45 pm

Social Justice–Tikkun Olam Panel

In-person and on Zoom

Climate Justice — Hosted by Kehila Chadasha Social Action and Am Kolel Tikkun Olam Advocacy Committees


  • Ann Tutwiler, Senior Fellow at Meridian Institute
    Ms. Tutwiler’s current affiliations include the  Food and Land Use Coalition, the World Benchmarking Alliance, the Just Rural Transition, the Food Forward Consortium, Food Action Now, Climate AI, FoodShot Global, the US Dairy Export Council and CABI (an international research organization). Over her 35-year career, she has held senior positions in the US government in President Obama’s administration, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Central Soya Company, the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council and the National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy.
  • Elliot Roseman, Program Director, United States Energy Association
    Mr. Roseman has decades of domestic and international experience with executives in the energy industries, and expertise in energy resiliency, sustainability, regulation, transmission, and distributed generation. He is currently directing the US Energy Association’s Electricity Market Initiative (EMI), a position designed to integrate the power markets in 11 countries in Southeast Europe.

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