RODEF SHALOM PRESENTS CONNECTING, PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKS BY STUDENTS AT THE AKKO CENTER FOR ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY IN AKKO, ISRAEL

(Sept. 12, 2019 | Pittsburgh, Pa.) -- Rodef Shalom Congregation presents CONNECTING, a photographic exhibit featuring the work of students at the Akko Center for Arts and Technology (ACAT) in Akko, Israel. Opening reception speakers include ACAT founder Mark Frank, ACAT CEO Naim Obeid, and William Strickland, Founder and Executive Chairman of Manchester Bidwell Corporation. 

The opening reception for the exhibit is Monday, September 23, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Rodef Shalom. The exhibit runs from September 23 through October 31, 2019 in the Commons Area of the Congregation, located at 4905 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

Rodef Shalom Congregation bestows its Pursuer of Peace award biannually to an individual or organization that has made a significant commitment to the pursuit of peace. Named the 2012 Pursuer of Peace honoree, Strickland designated his honorarium to support the construction of the Center. Located in Northern Israel, ACAT welcomes people of all backgrounds and provides tuition-free courses in a range of subjects. From photography to 3-D printing to filmmaking and editing, computer-aided Warehouse Management, tourism and the hospitality industry, ACAT provides people with marketable skills and a career path. It embodies Stickland’s vision of transforming people and communities by inspiring hope and innovation.

CONNECTING is a program of Pursuer of Peace: In Action, an ongoing series of events highlighting the work of agencies supported by the Pursuer of Peace award. The opening reception is free to the public but reservations are appreciated. To confirm attendance, go to rodefshalom.org/rsvp. For more information, call Stephanie Rex, Director of Communications and Marketing at 412.621.6566 x124. CONNECTING is supported by Nancy and Bill Rackoff with additional funding from Valerie and Paul Bacharach and William Strickland.

Rodef Shalom Congregation has been a beacon in the Reform Jewish community for more than 150 years. From the middle of the 19th century onward, our congregation has pushed for the modernization of Jewish thought and practice. We are a congregation made up of individuals and families; we are multi-generational, multi-cultural, interfaith and we’re saving a space for you too. Regardless of backgrounds, ours is a community that is socially engaged, spiritually mindful, and committed to ensuring the vitality of Jewish life across generations.

# # #

Contact: Stephanie Rex

Director of Communications and Marketing

Rodef Shalom Congregation

412.463.2942

Rodef Shalom