Pursuer of Peace Award


You are Invited
To Recognize Leaders in Addiction Treatment and Recovery
Rabbi Abraham Twerski and Gateway Rehab
Rodef Shalom Congregation’s 2018 Pursuer of Peace Honorees

Sunday, June 24, 2018
Rodef Shalom Congregation
4905 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Tribute Dinner
6:00 pm
Freehof Hall


Award Presentation
7:30 pm

Downloads: Invitation // RSVP Card // Rabbi Twerski Biography

The award presentation is open to the public. All are invited to the dessert reception immediately following in Freehof Hall hosted by Rodef Shalom Congregation. 
Reservation deadline: Friday, June 8, 2018
Dinner by Common Plea Catering

Pursuer of Peace 2018 Honorees
Rabbi Abraham Twerski and Gateway Rehab

Pursuer of Peace 2016
Rabbi Walter Jacob, DHL

Pursuer of Peace 2014
Fred Rogers (Posthumous)

Pursuer of Peace 2012
William E. Strickland, Jr.

Pursuer of Peace 2010
Bishop David A. Zubik

Honorary Chairs
Karen and Steven Feinstein
Robin and Peter Gordon

Pursuer of Peace

Marian and Tom Allen
Valerie and Paul Bacharach
Phyllis and Dr. Lawrence Wechsler

Congregation President
Harlan Stone

Steering Committee
Dr. Michelle and Rabbi Aaron Bisno 
Karen and Richard Brean
Mary Ann Chijner
Adina Cohen
Linda Halpern
Rabbi Sharyn Henry and Dennis Grinberg
Lynne Jacobson
Goldie Katz
Laura and Harlan Stone
Meredith Strassburger

Senior Staff
Rabbi Aaron B. Bisno
Frances F. & David R. Levin Senior Rabbinic Pulpit

Rabbi Sharyn H. Henry

Rabbi Walter Jacob, DHL
Rabbi Emeritus / Senior Scholar

Barry D. Weisband
The Murray Klein Executive Director

Jeffrey Herzog, FTA
Executive Director Emeritus


Tribute Committee

Congressman Mike Doyle
State Senator Jay Costa
State Representative Dan Frankel
County Executive Rich Fitzgerald
Mayor Bill Peduto
Councilman Corey O’Connor
Councilwoman Erika Strassburger
Rabbi Seth Adelson 
Eva Tansky Blum
Rev. Dr. Randy Bush
Alan Cabin
Dr. Neil Capretto
Dr. Sandy Davis
Phillip Diamond
Andrea and Dr. Andrew Eller
Sheila and Milton Fine
Maxine and Dr. Stephen Fisher
Debbie Frankel 
Barbara and Rabbi Jamie Gibson
Dan Gilman
Dr. Jordan Golin
Cantor Michal Gray-Schaffer
Marsha Grayson and Rev. Glenn G. Grayson
Ina and Lawrence Gumberg
Jacki and Jeff Herzog
Rabbi Walter Jacob, DHL
Joseph J. Kennedy IV
Sharon and Alan Lesgold
Betsy and Bishop Dorsey McConnell
Becky and Tom McGough
Mary Lou McLaughlin
Linda Melada and Dr. Arthur Levine 
Mark Nordenberg
Judy and Charles Perlow
Joanne Rogers
Kris Rust
Iris and Philip Samson
Dr. Steven Shapiro
Cecile and Eric Springer
Joy Starzl
William E. Strickland, Jr.
Brenda Tate 
Sarah Twerski, RN, BSN
Dr. Andrew Urbach
Dr. Lawrence Wechsler
Bishop David A. Zubik


Pursuer of Peace 2016 in Review


Greeting and opening remarks from:

  • Eric Schaffer, Past President
  • Karen Wolk Feinstein & Jeremy Feinstein, Co-Chairs of the Event, along with Steven Feinstein & Stefani Pashman
  • Harlan Stone, President

James Kirk, CEO of Mainstay Life Services speaks about Walter & Irene Jacob's work to establish a home for adults with disabilities, Horizon Homes, which would eventually become today's Mainstay Life Services.

Mainstay is the co-beneficiary of the event's proceeds.

Rabbis Debbie Pine & Andy Busch, formerly rabbis at Rodef Shalom & personal friends of Dr. Jacob, speak about the lessons modeled to them by working under Dr. Jacob's leadership. Rabbi Walter Homolka, co-founder and rector of Abraham Geiger College, tells of the school's founding through his partnership with Dr. Jacob and the main trials they overcame to establish Germany's first post-war rabbinical seminary.

Rabbi Aaron Bisno, senior rabbi of Rodef Shalom Congregation, bestows the 2016 Pursuer of Peace Award to Dr. Jacob in honor of his work as a humanitarian, community leader, and scholar.

(Transcript PDF)

Dr. Walter Jacob, reminds us that the pursuit of peace is a challenging one which requires action and creativity.

(Transcript PDF)


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