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Guest Speakers


We often invite experts and representatives of various community organizations to be guest speakers at our Shabbat evening services or other programs.

If you have a suggestion for a Friday night guest speaker, please contact Rabbi Ahuva.

2022 – 2023 Speakers

  • Friday, September 9 – Kailie Smith from Safe Harbor speaking about the impact of the pandemic on mental health and how we can help victims of domestic violence
  • Sunday, December 4 (4 pm – 5 pm) – Rabbi Nikki DeBlosi and actor Bonz Swencionis on Judaism, Gender, and Nonbinary Includion
  • Friday, February 24 (7:30 pm to 9 pm) – Shannon McKay (Executive Director of He, She, Ze & We) on what it is like to be the parent of a transgender child
  • Sunday, March 19 (2 pm – 3 pm) – Dr. Jake Newsome on LGBTQ experiences during the Holocaust


Past speakers have included:

  • Irina Manelis about Changing Immigration Policies
  • Erin Patterson about Opioid Addiction
  • Romy Dragon about Organ Donation
  • Dr. Hsien Marx about Heart Health
  • Dr. Bruce Cohen about a Developing Healthy Work/Life Balance
  • Ginger O’Neil from Habitat for Humanity about Affordable Housing
  • Marvin Harris about the historical African American Evergreen Cemetery
  • Marcia Grimsley about being a Jewish woman who befriended a white supremacist man
  • Shauna Ely & Cristina Ramirez, on a Jews of All Hues Panel about what it is like being Jewish and a person of color
  • Jenne´Nurse about race and education in America
  • Professional Storyteller Valerie Davis presents the story of Nancy Green
  • Rachel Levy and Mark Miller about Jewish values, civic engagement, and what it’s like to run for office