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Dear Past Panim Leader,

We are writing to invite you to join the current leaders of Panim in a gathering of people who
are, or had been in the past, involved with Panim el Panim at BJ. This exciting event will take
place on Monday, November 2nd from 6:00-8:30PM in the Reception Room at the BJ
Community House, 270 West 89th Street.
As we approach Panims Bat-Mitzvah year in 2016, we think this is an opportune time to reflect
upon the social justice work that has been done at BJ and, most importantly, to talk together
about ways to strengthen social justice work within the BJ community. We know that some of
you are no longer members of BJ and we value your input.
Panims social justice community organizing initiatives have helped mobilize the BJ community
to take action that impacts the systems and structures, laws and policies that create suffering and
injustice. Some of the many accomplishments, in coalitions with other groups, are listed below.
Our goals for this Panim gathering are to:
Reconnect with previous Panim leaders and develop ways to stay in touch.
Brainstorm and gain new thinking and new approaches to social justice work at BJ
Broaden our thinking about how to strengthen and better infuse social justice work
throughout the entire BJ community.
We plan to spend much of our time on the last two goals. Rabbi Shuli Passow, the Director of
Community Engagement, will help facilitate our discussions.
We hope that you will be able to join us at this gathering. Of course, there will be a time to
schmooze and eat (a light dinner will be provided) from 6:00- 6:30PM. At 6:30PM we will start
the program, which will end by 8:30PM. Please let us know if you can attend by Wedesday,
October 28.
If you are unable to attend and are interested in talking about these issues, we will arrange for
one of the current Panim members to talk with you by phone or in-person (the familiar 1:1). If
you would like to do that, please contact Judith Trachtenberg ( If you have
any questions about this event, please contact Paula Galowitz (
We look forward to seeing you.
The Panim el Panim Task Force
Dale Bernstein, Rochelle Freidlich, Paula Galowitz, Les Judd, Ellen Landsberger, Sandy Rocks,
Renie Rutchick, Lisa Safier, Barbara Schwimmer, Judith Trachtenberg, Sylvia Vogelman,
Marilyn Williams, and Lisa Zucker.

How many of these campaigns have you participated in? Remember:

Passage in the New York City Council of the Health Care Security Act in
Enrolling 100 BJ households in the Greening BJ campaign in 2007;
Lobbying and advocating for the successful passage of Marriage Equality in
New York, including the 2010 wedding march by over 100 BJ members
over the Brooklyn Bridge;
Passage of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in New York State in 2010;
Passage of Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act in the New York City Council
in 2012;
Elder-Care Dialogue and Workforce Development Campaign to improve the
quality of care and training for both workers and consumers.
And so much more!!