Beth El presents talk on fostering civil discourse

Rachel Eryn Kalish

Rachel Eryn Kalish will speak on the topic of Fostering Dialogue in the Jewish Community at a Lunch and Learn at Beth El – The Heights Synagogue after services (approximately 12:15 p.m.) on Saturday, May 14. A vegetarian-friendly lunch will be served, and the public is invited. The event is free of charge, but attendees should call 216-320-9667 to make a lunch reservation.

In the San Francisco Bay area, when the topic of Israel threatened to rip apart the Jewish community, leadership teamed up with Kalish, a visionary mediator/facilitator to create The Year of Civil Discourse. A little more than a year later, the area became a model of civil discourse. At this time of political polarization, this talk will explain how it was done, and provide some of the basic tools.

Kalish has more than 30 years of experience mediating and facilitating solutions to intractable conflicts within a wide range of organizations, communities, congregations, families and global hot spots, including the Middle East. She is a pioneer in interfaith and intracommunity dialogue, and is author of the Challenging Conversations training program. 

Beth El – The Heights Synagogue is located at 3246 Desota Ave. For more information, visit

Carol Bruml

Carol Bruml is the communications chair and newsletter editor for Beth El –The Heights Synagogue.

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