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About the Pursuer of Peace Award

Rodef Shalom Congregation’s Pursuer of Peace Award, presented every other year, recognizes the significant commitment and sustained contributions of an individual or organization to the pursuit of peace through fostering interfaith understanding, encouraging humanitarianism, and/or promoting a social justice agenda to bring healing to our fractured world. This prestigious award honors those who demonstrate a passion and willingness to build a body of good works in the pursuit of peace through personal, religious and/or professional commitments.

Recipients must be of good character as evidenced by involvement within their communities; must speak with authority as a result of their efforts; and must be acknowledged advocates for communal/world repair in any of the following realms: activism, business, education, entertainment, leadership, programming or religion.

The 2022 honorees included the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry, 412 Food Rescue and Just Harvest. These organizations address hunger and food insecurity in the region. They join our past honorees: the Most Reverend David A. Zubik, William E. Strickland, Jr., Fred Rogers (posthumously), Dr. Walter Jacob, Rabbi Abraham Twerski and Gisele Barreto Fetterman.