Visions & Voices

Sunday, March 7, 2021 (All day)

Visions and Voices a 2021 campaign event

Join Us Virtually on March 7!

Creating our envisioned future is the major driver behind Vision & Voices, a virtual 2021 Campaign event that offers a conversation with extraordinary community builders. Vision & Voices will be one of a series of community events to help us reach our 2021 Campaign goal of $370,000, we are over 80% to goal. On behalf of the Federation, I ask that you help us reach that goal. You have three easy ways to contribute.


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Vision & Voices begins a conversation about our hopes, dreams and desires we have for our Jewish community. What we hold dear are the seeds of our Jewish community. I think you’ll agree, we are the ground within which these seeds must grow if we want to be a community for all Jewish people. This is the type of desired community I’m thinking about. It is my sincere hope this event will renew our focus about our Jewish future. I’m delighted to invite you into this community conversation. Vision & Voices will help prime the pump as will your input to generate and prioritize fresh solutions.

Our Virtual Linup






Morning Wellness Retreat

9:00 – 10 AM

Enjoy yoga with Chelly Freel followed by a smoothie demo from Rina Lerman.

Asking the Big Question: A Rabbinic Panel

10:30 – 11:30 AM

A panel of our community Rabbis discuss the question “For whom are we responsible?”  





Musical Lunch Break

12:00 – 12:45 PM

Join community friend Anna Hagen for a tranquil lunch as she plays harp.




Dr. Claire Sufrin: What have we learned about community building in the last 40 years?

1:00 – 2:00 PM

In choosing the texts and ideas to include in their recent book The New Jewish Canon: Ideas and Debates 1980-2015, co-editors Claire Sufrin and Yehuda Kurtzer sought to capture the most important Jewish conversations of the last three decades. Join us as professor Claire Sufrin reflects on what she learned about American Jews and Jewish communities in the process.

Complete bio. can be found here.




Dr. Amal Elsana Alh’jooj: Building Community: Lessons from a grass-roots community organizer.

3:00 – 4:00 PM 

Dr. Amal Elsana-Alh’jooj will speak on the topic: Building Community: Lessons from a grass-roots community organizer.  As a teenager, Dr. Elsana-Alh’jooj was already a community organizer, founding the first Arab Bedouin women’s organization. After earning her B.A. at Ben-Gurion University, she went on to earn her Doctorate at McGill University in Montreal where she is now Executive Director of the International Community Action Network

Complete bio. can be found here.


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M - Th: 9:00am - 5:00pm
F: 9:00am - 5:00pm Daylight Savings     
    9:00am - 3:00pm Standard
Sun: Varies dependent on programming
Sat: Closed

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