Jews, Christians and Muslims
sitting around one table to discuss poverty
Monday night, MDHA President and
CEO, Cindy J. Crain, and I had the great pleasure of attending the Jewish
Community Relations Council 3rd Annual Interfaith Seder at Congregation Anshai
Torah in Plano.
The theme this year was "Confronting Poverty". The purpose of this
inspiring event was to use the traditional Seder meal, which Jews practice on
the first two nights of Passover, as a model to highlight and indeed confront
the issue of poverty in Greater Dallas. Many people in Dallas
remain virtual slaves to their difficult circumstances, just as in the Passover
story the Hebrews were enslaved in Egypt.
The Seder was led by
Congregation Anshai Torah's Senior Rabbi, Stefan Weinberg, and included readers
from the clergy of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities. Our good
friend, Susan Hoff, CSO of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, was the keynote
speaker. She urged those present to be mindful of the fact that for too many
people the American promise - that if you work hard, you can rise out of
poverty - is slipping away. She reminded all of us that through collective
action we can change this.
Austin Street Shelter and the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance present a lecture and
discussion: The Victimization Experiences and Health Challenges of Women Who
Dr. Emily Spence-Almaguer
A presentation of a study
conducted by the University of North Texas Health Science Center School of
Public Health involving interviews of 150 homeless women that provides an
understanding of the violence and threats experienced by homeless women on the
street and in emergency shelter settings.
WHEN: Friday, April 10
Noon - 1:30 pm
WHERE:Austin Street Shelter, 2929 Hickory Street, Dallas, TX75226
COST: This is a free
event. Brown Bag - Bring your own lunch
Dr. Emily Spence-Almaguer is an Associate Professor in the Department of
Behavioral and Community Health in the University of North Texas Health Science
Center School of Public Health. She is also the Outreach Core Director for the TexasCenter
for Health Disparities, a National Institute of Health (NIH) Center of Excellence.
She obtained her master's degree in social work from FloridaStateUniversity
and her PhD from FloridaInternationalUniversity.
She began her career providing crisis services to victims of crimes, and has
been conducting research and evaluation studies in the areas of homelessness,
victimization, poverty, and other areas for nearly 25 years. She serves as an
evaluator for several community initiatives and has authored numerous reports,
book chapters and scholarly articles on homelessness and interpersonal
Gabrianna Saks is a medical student at the Texas College of
Osteopathic Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center
(UNTHSC). She completed her Masters degree in Public Health (MPH) and served as
Coordinator for the Tarrant County Homeless Women's Health and Victimization
study during her final year of the MPH program. She regularly volunteers at
health clinics for people who are homeless and was awarded a first-place
Research Appreciation Day award by the UNTHSC ForHER institute for women's
The late Senator Daniel
Patrick Moynihan once said that you are entitled to your own opinion, but you
are not entitled to your own set of facts. Issues of affordable housing seem to
be an area where this reminder is needed more often than one would think.