Rabbi Yosef Goldman will lead PJLC’s flagship event, the Annual Labor Seder, which brings together the Jewish and Labor Communities to celebrate a traditional and inclusive Passover Seder. The theme this year will be “Resistance.” As we retell the story of the Jews’ exodus from tyranny and oppression in Egypt, we will ask what it means to “resist” abuse of power and denial of rights in 2017. Along with Rabbi Yosef, we will be joined by key leaders on the frontline of this struggle, who can share their perspectives and engage in lively discussion.
To RSVP please email or call (215-668-5454) Michael Hersch.
Suggested cover of $25, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Reverend Gregory Holston, Executive Director of POWER Philadelphia, is a seasoned pastor, businessman, activist, entrepreneur, college professor, speaker and community activist known for advocating for racial and economic justice by promoting fairer workforce development policies, improved job opportunities and skills development for the underserved and disadvantaged in the Philadelphia area. As a leader of POWER, Rev. Holston helped to lead a coalition of faith groups, unions and social justice activists on campaigns to raise the living wage to $12 per hour for nearly 4,000 workers at the Philadelphia International Airport and pass city-wide sick leave. Rev. Holston is the Senior Pastor of New Vision United Methodist Church in North Philadelphia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University of Pa., a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University, a Masters of Education degree from Cheyney University and a Masters of Divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia.
Imam Kenneth Nuriddin of Philadelphia Masjid was born and raised in West Philadelphia. Imam Nuriddin is a US Army Veteran and former City of Philadelphia official. A life-long builder of bridges, he was instrumental in the creation of programming within the Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also served as the Imam for the Muslim Student Association through the Office of the Chaplain. He continues to serve as a member of the Penn Religious Community Council and is a Board Member of The Interfaith Center of Philadelphia. As the Resident Imam of the Philadelphia Masjid, he oversees one of the largest Mosques in the region. As a member of the Economic Inclusion Commission for the University of Pennsylvania s Office of Government and Community Affairs, he helps to oversee the equitable of Contracts for Construction, Goods and Services and the workforce composition for various projects involving Meds and Eds in the West Philadelphia area.
Gabe Morgan is Vice President and 32BJ PA/DE State Director, which includes 18,500 workers throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware. The districts include: Mid-Atlantic, District 1201 and Western Pennsylvania. He represents hard-working men and women in property service, school districts, security, municipal, and water maintenance. Over the course of his career, Gabe has led campaigns in Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore to raise wages and improve conditions for working men and women. Gabe became the 32BJ PA State Director in 2011. In this capacity, he directed District 1201’s successful campaign to keep 3,000 blue-collar Philadelphia public school workers from being laid-off while working across the state of Pennsylvania to prevent further privatization of public education. Gabe serves as President of the SEIU Pennsylvania State Council, the political voice of SEIU in PA. He is on the National Board of the Working Families Party for PA and on Philadelphia City Council’s Waiver Committee.
Cathryn Miller-Wilson is the Executive Director of HIAS Pennsylvania. Prior to that she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Villanova University School of Law where she co-taught the Civil Justice Clinic. From September, 2008 through June, 2011 she was both the Deputy Managing Attorney at the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania and an adjunct professor at Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law. She has been a Custody and Support Master in Philadelphia’s Family Court, coordinator of the Delivery of Legal Services Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Director of the Parents with HIV/AIDS Project at the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania and a staff attorney at Community Legal Services, Inc. where she represented parents accused of abuse and neglect. She is the primary author of Pennsylvania’s Standby Guardianship Act which became law in December, 1998. With support from the Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, she created a medical/legal partnership between the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania and the Jonathan Lax Treatment Center at Philadelphia FIGHT in 2007. She graduated from Tufts University in 1989 and from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1993 and currently sits on the law school’s Board of Managers. In 2004 she was awarded the Penn Law Alumni Society’s Young Alumni Award for Professional Achievement.
Rabbi Yosef Goldman of Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel is a teacher, spiritual artist, and pastoral caregiver. He is passionate about building sacred community. received his rabbinic ordination in 2013 from the Jewish Theological Seminary with a concentration in pastoral care and counseling and earned a Masters in Sacred Music. He has trained in spiritual direction with Lev Shomea, and in community organizing with JOIN for Justice’s Seminary Leadership Project. Yosef joined BZBI after serving as a chaplain resident at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. As a singer and percussionist, he is a founding member of the Philadelphia Jewish music collective the Shir Singing Circle.
We will also be welcoming John Dougherty, IBEW 98 Business Manager, who will be honored for his meaningful show of solidarity with the Jewish community at a time when religious freedom is under attack.