Congregation Beth El, Ohef Sholom Temple, the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy present:

Topics to Chew on:  A Conversation about Faith and Advocacy

Marco Grimaldo – CEO & President, Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy – a leading expert on Regional advocacy issues
& Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz – Rabbi, Congregation Beth El, Norfolk


Sunday, January 13
At Congregation Beth El, 422 Shirley Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23517
10:30 am brunch, provided by Congregation Beth El (donations accepted that morning)
11:00 am program

Open to the community. RSVP by January 9 to Noelle@bethelnorfolk.com or call 757-625-7821.

For more information about this program and other CRC partner events, contact Robin Mancoll, Director, Community Relations Council at RMancoll@ujft.org

The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy is Virginia’s oldest faith-based advocacy group; a nonpartisan coalition of faith communities working to create progressive public policy by engaging people of faith, educating the public about social issues, the legislative process, and the call to advocacy. For more information about the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, visit www.virginiainterfaithcenter.org.

Rabbi Arnowitz
Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz became the Rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Norfolk in 2011.  He came to Norfolk from Congregation Beth El in Voorhees, New Jersey, where he served as the Associate Rabbi from 2003 to 2011. He received his Bachelor of Science degree Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Child Development and Child Care, a social work degree. While studying, he worked with special needs students at local Hebrew schools including tutoring for bar and bat mitzvah preparation. After college, Rabbi Arnowitz studied at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem before beginning his rabbinic studies at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he was ordained in 2003.

He is a member of the Rabbinical Assembly and he completed the STAR PEER Rabbinic Leadership program.  Rabbi Arnowitz serves on the Board of Directors of Jewish Family Service of Tidewater and The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public policy.

Marco Grimaldo
Marco A. Grimaldo is CEO & President of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy.  With more than 20 years of experience in the field of politics and non-profit advocacy, his career has been characterized by a call to public service. Working in both church and community, he has sought to help people care for one another and change public policy to help those most in need.

In his role at the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, he and his colleagues work toward a vision of a world where people of all faiths cooperate to create compassionate communities that are just, peaceful, equitable and sustainable.


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