The Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford will highlight the stories of people and whose lives have benefited from the agency’s lifesaving work at “HINENI: ‘Here I Am’ — An Evening of Voices and Visions,” to be held on Thursday, Oct. 4 at The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr. in West Hartford. The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and dinner, followed at 7 p.m. by the program and dessert.
Guest speakers will include:
- Yael Ross, director of Children at Risk’s Center for New American Children in Houston, whose home was destroyed by Hurricane Harvey; ,
- Harold Gernsbacher, a Hurricane Harvey recovery volunteer who is also CEO of Chain Link Services LP, vice chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, and immediate past national campaign chair for Jewish Federations of North America;
- Ivy Schamis, the recipient of the Anne Frank Award, and a social studies teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high School in Parkland, Fla., whose Holocaust Studies class was ambushed by a mass shooter in Feb. 2018;
- Allison O’Mara, parent of a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student and the Kehillah coordinator for Jewish Federation of Broward County;
- Darlene Wolliston, the foundation and program officer at the CREC Foundation who managed volunteer and philanthropic efforts for CREC’s Relief Center for Our Caribbean Friends in Hartford.
A minimum gift of $365 to Federation’s 2019 Annual Campaign is required. Admission is $75. RSVP by Sept. 13. To register: bit.ly/hineni2019RSVP.