Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life



September 10, 2023    
9:30 am - 11:00 am

JEWISH FEDERATION OF WESTERN CT. will be running their Annual Campaign Kickoff Breakfast and presenting their annual Sylvia & Burton ALBERT HABONIM Awards.

They are pleased and we are proud to announce that long-time Coalition member, pioneering community leader and activist Carolyn Setlow will be honored.

Following is a description of the  committee and some of the efforts Carrie spearheaded, on behalf of the Coalition and our local interfaith community, in recent years:

The Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life has a long tradition of participating in local interfaith programs and, in many cases, initiating those programs.  We value them for many reasons. They offer us opportunities to increase each others’ knowledge of and respect for the beliefs and traditions of all faiths practiced in our community, and to identify shared community needs.

Over the years, we have collaborated with clergy and lay members of several local churches.  These programs have included interfaith Thanksgiving services; panel discussions among Jewish, Christian and Islam clergy and others.

In recent years, the activities of the Coalition’s “Community Social Action Committee” have broadened in response to a local call for action.  In May, the Coalition and its CSAC was invited to join the newly-formed “Washington Council on Congregations” in the town of Washington.  Together, seven religious organizations gathered, seeking to serve their neighbors through a variety of collaborative efforts and to address the shared issues and growing needs of our challenging times.  In little time, WCOC was up and running with a series of successful food drives and a blood collection, raising much-needed funds and resources and engaging many members of the community with their timely initiative.

Alan Rosenstock, President of Tomche Shabbos of Rockland County, a nonprofit group providing a multi-faceted approach to addressing hunger and poverty, will be the program’s guest speaker.

All are encouraged to attend and support the event, kindly RSVP by September 7.

Cathy Conti, 203.405.7009