Messinger to speak at Barnert

Messinger to speak at Barnert

Ruth Messinger

Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service, will speak at Barnert Temple in Franklin Lakes on Sunday as part of the congregation’s Africa Action Initiative.

The program, to be held from 6 to 8 p.m., will explore how attendees can become involved in the synagogue’s planned projects in Darfur, Rwanda, and Uganda.

Messinger, whose group works to alleviate poverty, hunger, and disease in the developing world, was recently appointed to the White House Task Force on Global Poverty and Development as a result of her work on Darfur. Before assuming the reins of AJWS, she served on the New York City Council and as Manhattan borough president. In 1997 she was the first woman to receive the Democratic Party’s nomination for mayor.

Also speaking at Sunday’s meeting will be Ridgewood resident Jordan Namerow, who will discuss her work in Uganda.

The shul’s three current Africa projects – chronicled in past issues of this newspaper – will be described by Rabbi Joel Soffin, social action rabbi-in-residence at Barnert. Rabbi Elyse Frishman, religious leader of the congregation, will talk about opportunities for involvement.

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