7701 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20012

Social Action Shabbaton

Martin Luther King Weekend

Join us for a Fair Showing off our Current Social Action Projects
Plus a History of Social Action at TI

Jan 15th Friday Evening / Services, Dinner, Rabbi Abramowitz will speak.  Sign-up

Jan 16th Saturday Morning, A featured speaker:   The featured speaker during the January 16 Shabbaton will be Patty Stonesifer, the President and CEO of Martha’s Table, a D.C. institution focused on providing less fortunate D.C. residents nutrition, clothing and educational opportunities. For more than 20 years, TI has been participating in the organization’s van run program, in which TI members and friends have been delivering hot meals, sandwiches, desserts, and beverages to the homeless at two locations in downtown D.C.

Stonesifer joined Martha’s Table in 2013. She spent 10 years as the co-chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Before that, she spent two decades working in the technology industry, particularly for Microsoft.

In an interview with the Washington Post right after she was hired by Martha’s Table, Stonesifer recognized the value of volunteers like TI. “The strength of Martha’s Table is in the thousands of small donors and volunteers that ensure we deliver services every day. I don’t want my coming here to make people step back in any way,” she said.

At the Shabbaton, Stonesifer will discuss the role that Martha’s Table plays in the community and will generate additional interest in the important role the organization plays.

Jan 16th Saturday Afternoon Panel Discussion:  Moderated by Rabbi Seidel. Among those participating will be Schroeder Stribling, Executive Director of the N Street Village, founded by members of the Luther Place Memorial Church, Jack Ventura, immediate past president of the Chesapeake Region of B’nai B’rith International and an active member of its Project Hope, Cynthia Prather, co-director of the Early Readers program at Shepherd Elementary School, which she developed with the assistance of TI members Margie Odle and Carolivia Herron, and a representative from Martha’s Table.

Jan 16th Saturday Afternoon Booth Fair: Featuring a Social Action Fair, which will be open during Shabbat and on Sunday morning. Plan to stop by the booths to learn about current and proposed social action projects. We are particularly pleased to announce a program to share the stories of Jews of Color from Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

Sponsored by Social Action at TI