Women of Vision Ponder Societal Issues Via Multiple ‘Tea on Tuesday’ Sessions


Throughout the fall, the Women of Vision affinity group of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia hosted a series of events for the community entitled “Tea on Tuesday.” Each event featured inspiring women who are making an impact in communities across the country.

The events were planned in partnership by the programming and advocacy committees of Women of Vision, led by programming co-chairs Mary Relles and Rabbi Lynnda Targan and advocacy co-chairs Karen Model and Bonnie-Kay Marks.

The first “Tea on Tuesday” session, hosted on Sept. 22, featured Women of Vision member Shira Goodman interviewing Tamar Manasseh, founder and president of Mothers/Men Against Senseless Killings (MASK), who explored issues related to race and violence in America today.

Goodman serves as the Philadelphia regional director of the Anti-Defamation League. Prior to that, she was the executive director of CeasefirePA. Registered guests had access to the documentary “They Ain’t Ready for Me.” This feature-length documentary explores Manasseh’s work as an African American rabbinical student leading the fight against senseless killings on Chicago’s South Side.

The second session was hosted on Oct. 20 and was retitled as an “Equali-Tea” session. The program featured a discussion with author, food blogger and cooking coach Laura Kumin. If the battle for suffrage brings to mind images of women in long white dresses parading on city streets, the attendees were in for a surprise.

Women of Vision member Marilyn Lieberman moderated the discussion.
Together with Kumin, Women of Vision explored how the women of Pennsylvania (and elsewhere) fought for the right to vote with cookbooks and food, rather than picket signs and hunger strikes. They also learned how to make a pie for a suffragist’s doubting husband and how the invention of Tastykakes fits into history.

The third and final session, hosted on Dec. 1, was retitled as “Responsibili-Tea.” The session featured a discussion with Amy Spitalnick, executive director of Integrity First for America (IFA). IFA is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to holding those accountable who threaten long-standing principles of our democracy — including our country’s commitment to civil rights and equal justice.
Women of Vision member, Jewish Community Relations Council chair and Philadelphia attorney Arlene Fickler served as moderator.

Integrity First for America’s (IFA) Charlottesville, Virginia, lawsuit is the only current legal effort to take on the broad leadership of the white supremacist movement. It provides a tangible way to take action against the violent white supremacy and broader extremism that’s poisoning this country — bankrupting the leaders and hate groups at the center of the movement.

To learn more about Women of Vision, visit jewishphilly.org/get-involved/affinity-groups/women-of-vision or email Affinity and Donor Engagement Manager Shara Swift at sswift@jewishphilly.org.


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