Honored for ‘Understanding’


Operation Understanding, which originated in Philadelphia in 1985 as a way to build bridges between Jewish and African-American high school students by sending them together on trips to Israel and Africa, celebrated its recent successful forays on domestic fronts, particularly throughout the South. At the gathering at the National Museum of American Jewish History, Urban League of Philadelphia president and CEO, Patricia A. Coulter (second from right), was named recipient of the group’s Founders Award for Distinguished Leadership and Service. Helping fete Coulter: Reed Lyons (left) and James Sanders (right), Operation Understanding co-presidents; and (from left) its executive director, Allison Pokras; Michelle Lawrence; and Judge Flora Barth Wolf.


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