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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.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

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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


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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

Jeffrey Kearns

Ejaz Sabir

The Very Rev. Judith Sullivan

Courtenay and Tom Willcox, M.D.

Rachel Shields

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

Cynthia Stewart

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


For questions about this event, please contact Sara Zebovitz, at:

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