On May 26th, Interfaith Philadelphia together with communities around the region marked an unprecedented season of faith in the face of fear, as we began to emerge out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Interfaith Philadelphia builds bridges between people and communities to create a more just and equitable society. Dr. Ala Stanford and Dr. Anthony Fauci, our 2021 Dare to Understand awardees, offered steady, trusted leadership at the local and national level, shepherding us through a public health crisis, with integrity and equity. Throughout the pandemic, they valued faith communities as vital to the fabric of our society. We, the interfaith community of Greater Philadelphia, are honored to recognize their leadership.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Dr. Ala Stanford, founder of the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium
The event lifted up stories of frontline workers from all sectors—many hidden from public view—who have dared to serve. We looked back and acknowledge the toll of illness, loss and care-giving, and honor the sacrifice, service, and faith on the frontline. We looked ahead to ways that Interfaith Philadelphia, together with diverse community partners, will continue to heal, serve, and re-build thriving, beloved communities.
See below for a link to watch the community ritual, mark this profound season, remember the year that has passed, and to gaze forth to imagine a future we must build together.
Thank you to our generous sponsors:
Barbara and Charles Kahn, Jr.
The Gallagher Family
Margaret Barry and Jeffrey Abrams
Jon and Rabbi Carol Harris-Shapiro
Abby Stamelman Hocky and Eric Hocky
Sankey and Connie Williams
Rev. Richard Fernandez and Eloise Chevrier
Steve and Daurie Larimer
Carrie Gish and Marc Rockford
William and Debbie Becker
Elizabeth Pincus Rubin and Bruce D. Rubin
Sally and Lawrence Silverman
Rev. Margaret Somerville
Rabbi David Straus and Lynne Breslau
Milan and Leslie Kunz
Julie Dill Williams
Steven and Tamra Zebovitz
Len and Ellan Bernstein
Statera Coaching & Leadership Consulting, LLC
Arlene Lauf, Ph.D and Marc Goldstein, M.D.
Andrea Malamut and Jay Malamut, M.D.
Rev. William and Camellia Shaw
John and Vance Fernandez
The Huron Foundation
Seed the Dream Foundation
Randi Siegel Harris and Mr. John Harris
Jeffrey Pasek and Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D
Sandra Werthimer and Jeremy Primer
Rev. Jesse and Allen Garner
The Very Rev. Judith Sullivan
Courtenay and Tom Willcox, M.D.
Beth and John Dugan
Richard and Eileen Bazelon, M.D.
Seth and Rabbi Nancy Kreimer
Elizabeth Weiler and James Shanahan
William and Linda Madway
Jeremy and Bronwen Henry
Amanda and Dick Smoot
Local Baháʼí Spiritual Assemblies of the Philadelphia Region
Robert and Holly Lankin
Prof. Ellen Charry
Betsy and David Wice
Carol Avins and Rayman Solomon
Phillip Wachs and Juliet Spitzer