Reproductive Health and Rights Workshop
March 1 @ 4:00 pm - April 10 @ 6:00 pm
March 1, 4:00-6:00pm
Temple Sholom, 55 N. Church Lane, Broomall
It’s a confusing time for supporters of women’s access to reproductive health and their right to choose; however, local reform synagogues, an area legislator, and nonprofit organizations are coming together to bring the topics to light.
The Women ofReform Judaism (WRJ) Atlantic District and the Religious Action Center ofReform Judaism (RAC), in collaboration with the Sisterhoods and Social Actioncommittees of Beth David, Temple Sholom, and Main Line Reform Temple, are sponsoring the workshop.
According to Rabbi Peter Rigler, whose synagogue is hosting the event, “Reform Jews have a responsibility to help others. It is our hope that attendees – male and female, of all denominations, will learn the steps they can take to provide a clearer path to healthcare and choice access for women.”
There will be reflections from area rabbis plus a dynamic panel of speakers, who are well-versed on current issues surrounding reproductive health and rights, and will offer an insider’s perspective on the issues, challenges and the steps one can take to make a positive impact in 2020.
State Representative Mary Jo Daley – Montgomery County’s 148th Legislative District
Daley currently serves Montgomery County’s 148th Legislative District in the House of Representatives and has served in a government role since 1992. As the House Democratic Chair of the Women’s Health Caucus, Daley considers reproductive rights a top priority. During the workshop, she will discuss legislation and laws that can protect or harm reproductive health services.
Melissa Weiler Gerber – AccessMatters
Since August 2010, Melissa Weiler Gerber has served as the president and CEO of AccessMatters in Philadelphia. AccessMatters advances sexual and reproductive health outcomes to promote health equity for individuals, families and communities. Weiler Gerber will speak on AccessMatters’ connection to the nation’s family planning program Title X. She will also provide tips on how to get involved in federal and state initiatives that will help close the gap between those with and without access to sexual and reproductive health care.
Lula Defersha – New Voices for Reproductive Justice
Lula Defersha is the associate director of New Voices for Reproductive Justice, a grassroots human rights organization that utilizes the reproductive justice framework to engage black women, femmes and girls in local movements for social change. Defersha will educate the audience on the history of reproductive justice, the issues and needs of those who do not have access to privilege, power and resources, and how to support the movement.
Ally Karpel – Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) and Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC)
As the WRJ-RAC reproductive health and rights campaign associate, Ally Karpel drives strategy around the Reform Movement’s reproductive rights advocacy and mobilizes the Reform communities to take action on a local, state, provincial and federal level. Karpel will advise audience members of the advocacy opportunities that they can take part in right now.
A Chance to Help Women in Need
In lieu of an admission fee, please consider donating pads and tampons to be distributed to local charities in support of the Period Project.
Light refreshments and food will be provided by the Sisterhood of Temple Sholom in Broomall.