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Discussion centers on ending poverty

Dr. Jim Yong Kim
Dr. Jim Yong Kim

World Bank president Dr. Jim Yong Kim will speak at the at Union Theological Seminary in Manhattan on Wednesday, April 6, at 7 p.m. Dr. Kim will discuss the moral imperative to end extreme poverty and the role that religious communities can play in achieving that goal.

The talk is co-sponsored by the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue and Riverside Church, as well as by UTS.

In 2014, Dr. Kim invited faith-based organizations and religious leaders to discuss ways to work together to end extreme poverty worldwide by 2030. In 2015, the United Nations member states voted to include ending extreme poverty as its sustainable development goal for the next 15 years.

Karenna Gore, director of the Center for Earth Ethics at UTS, will moderate. The respondents are Sarah Sayeed, senior advisor in the Community Affairs Unit of the Mayor’s Office of New York City, and Ruth W. Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service, the world’s leading Jewish organization working to end poverty and realize human rights in the developing world.

This panel will be live streamed, at no charge, beginning at 7 p.m. JTS invites synagogues and other Jewish communal organizations to hold a public screening of the program. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Arrive 15 minutes early and bring photo ID.

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