Joint Learning W/Kehilat HaKerem

 

Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 2pm EST

Join sister synagogue's, America's Pittsburgh Beth Shalom and Israel's Kehilat Hakerem, for a Joint Adult Learning make up session titled, Equality in the USA - Can We Practice What We Preach.

Ilyssa Manspeizer will lead a discussion about equity and equality based on her work as the director of Landforce recruiting, employing and supporting adults who have faced structural barriers to stable, family sustaining, employment based upon race or personal histories.

Ilyssa Manspeizer, Ph.D. is the founding Executive Director of Landforce, a Pittsburgh area nonprofit that works towards equity and environmentalism by nourishing a culture of self-empowerment for people aspiring towards meaningful and stable employment, as we protect and improve the environment. Ilyssa is an anthropologist with nearly 30 years of experience working in community-based development and natural resource conservation. Formerly the Executive Director of the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation, she has also managed programs and conducted research on conservation and community development in the United Kingdom, Ethiopia, Zambia, and the US. Ilyssa’s experience includes managing non-profits, creating and developing programs, raising funding for community investment, enhancing community-centric development, developing urban parks, conserving and monitoring African elephants, and evaluating rural African community development programs. Uniting all her work is a commitment to equity.

Ilyssa has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Binghamton University (SUNY), an M.Sc. in Nature Conservation from University College London, and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Cook College, Rutgers University, and has published peer reviewed papers and spoken at national and international conferences. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Pittsburgh’s Jewish Family & Community Services.

For information about Landforce, check out their website: https://www.landforcepgh.org/

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