HINENI: Living Joyously in Uncertain Times

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The Emanuel Synagogue

160 Mohegan Drive

West Hartford, CT 06117

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Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford invites you to

HINENI: Living Joyously in Uncertain Times

An evening of voices and visions with Dr. Ruth Westheimer

And special guests State Senator Saud Anwar and Reverend gretchen N. Sausville


The Emanuel Synagogue | 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford

5 p.m. networking & cocktails · 6 p.m. dinner · 7 p.m. program

Laws of kashrut observed

CELEBRATE the power of community to create a better world

HEAR Dr. Ruth's amazing personal story from surviving Nazi Germany to thriving in Israel and America

CONNECT with others who share your commitment to the Jewish people

LEARN how Federation is building strong partnerships and a brighter future for everyone


Couvert: $85 per person*

During the event, you will be asked to make a personally meaningful commitment to the 2020 Annual Campaign.**

Advance, paid reservations required.

*Couvert does not represent a charitable contribution.

**Payable by December 31, 2020.


Dr. Ruth Westheimer may best be known for having pioneered talking explicitly about sex on radio and television, but that is only a small part of her rich and diversified life. Born in Germany in 1928, Dr. Westheimer was sent to Switzerland at the age of 10 on the Kindertransport to escape the Holocaust, which wiped out her entire immediate family. At 17, she emigrated to the area then known as Mandatory Palestine. She joined the Haganah (Israeli freedom fighters) as a sniper and was seriously wounded in a bomb blast. She later moved to Paris to study at the Sorbonne and in 1956 came to America, where she obtained a master’s degree in sociology from the New School of Social Research and a doctorate in education in the Interdisciplinary Study of the Family from Columbia University Teacher’s College. Dr. Westheimer is the author of 44 books and the executive producer of five documentaries. A one-woman show about her life, “Becoming Dr. Ruth,” has played in the Berkshires, in Hartford and off-Broadway and continues to tour. Ask Dr. Ruth, a documentary film about her life, premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival and is now streaming on Hulu.

State Senator Saud Anwar was elected in February 2019 to represent the residents of the 3rd State Senate District towns of East Hartford, East Windsor, Ellington and South Windsor, Connecticut. He was first elected to public office in 2011 as a member of South Windsor’s Town Council and was mayor of South Windsor from 2013 to 2015 and 2017 to 2019. Senator Anwar holds an M.D. and a master’s degree in public health from Yale University and chairs the Department of Internal Medicine at Manchester Memorial and Rockville General Hospitals. He is active with interfaith, humanitarian and peace initiatives both locally and around the world.

Reverend gretchen N. Sausville is Pastor/Head of Staff at Arvada Presbyterian Church in Arvada, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. She previously served for 10 years as the Associate Pastor and Acting Head of Staff at Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Hartford, where she became actively involved in interfaith work. A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and the University of Northern Colorado, gretchen is passionate about preaching and creative worship, helping all generations of people think about faith outside the box, and developing interfaith conversations and partnerships. In 2019, she received her Certificate in Community Organizing from Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary. The lowercase g in gretchen’s first name is not a typo; it appears that way on her birth certificate because her mother loved the artistry of the lowercase letter g.


Debbie & Richard Glassman • Monica & Matthew Hoffman Charna & John Kaufman • Patti & Howard Weiner


Carolyn Gitlin, Chair of the Board

Dana Keller, 2020 Annual Campaign Chair

Judy Schlossberg, 2020 Women’s Philanthropy Chair

David Waren, President and CEO

Rachel Berezin, Vice President, Development

Simi Benita, Director, Business Partners

Donna Wilbur, Director, Campaign Operations

Bill Baronas, Administrative Assistant, Development


Marci & Jonathan Alter

Emily & Todd Berman

Lisa & Evan Berman

Carolyn & Stuart Bernstein

Leah & Larry Berson

Alisha & Ron Cipriano

Naomi & Michael Cohen

Sharon & Stephen Conway

Veronica & Steve Dicke

Jill & Rob Dulitsky

Leigh & Greg Farber

Deborah & Ira Feigenbaum

Risa & Roy Filkoff

Katie & Mark Fineberg

Debra & Bruce Fischman

Jessica & Michael Fish

Kathy & Ronald Fishman

Robin & David Gelles

Nancy & Jay Gershman

Carolyn & Jeff Gitlin

Laurie & Bruce Goldsmith

Michele & Daniel Gottfried

Joan & Gary Greenberg

Diane & Larry Greenfield

Pat & Michael Kazakoff

Dana & Jonathan Keller

Sharon & Neil Kochen

Lois & Chuck Koteen

Debbi & A.J. Kritzman

Beth & Cary Lakenbach

Joyce & Richard Leibert

Juanita & Yitz Moss

Arlene & Daniel Neiditz

Leslie & Steven Neiditz

Stefanie & David Ochs

Elise & Jerry Rosenstock

Judy & David Rosenthal

Jayne & Chet Rotter

Maggie Sandberg & Robert Schatz

Judy & Ron Schlossberg

Rebecca & Scott Selig

Ronna & Mark Siegal

Tracy Taback

Gayle & Steve Temkin

Pia Rosenberg Toro & Mickey Toro

Laurie Mandell & Richard Weinstein

Leslie & Richard Weinstein

Melissa & Randy Weinstock

Sara & Ben Wexler

Jessica & Eric Zachs

*As of July 26, 2019.

To learn more about becoming a Federation Business Partner, contact Simi Benita at sbenita@jewishhartford.org, 860.964.0729 (cell) or 860.727.6118 (office).

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