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Portrait credit: Jiro Schneider

Honoring Valarie Kaur

Civil rights leader, lawyer, award-winning filmmaker, educator, innovator, best-selling author, renowned speaker, Sikh American, mother, woman warrior

Thank you to everyone who attended the See No Stranger event, the 2023 Dare to Understand Awards. It was an amazing way to honor Valarie Kaur for her dedication to revolutionary love, and to celebrate Interfaith Philadelphia’s vital work!

We learned about the ways we can love the other and the opponent, and how we must love ourselves. Valarie Kaur shared inspirational words, and Trina Gary led a meaningful discussion about how we - people of all ages - can put her ideas into practice.

Sincere gratitude to Valarie Kaur for the ways she inspires us daily, and to all of our speakers and presenters, and thank YOU for helping us build a stronger and more understanding future.

Thank You to Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church and Our Sponsors!

Bruce and Nancy Winn


Margaret Barry and Jeffrey Abrams
The Gallagher Family


William and Debbie Becker
Jon and Rabbi Carol Harris-Shapiro
Sharon Parker
Abby Stamelman Hocky and Eric Hocky
Sankey and Connie Williams


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Len and Ellan Bernstein
Rev. Richard Fernandez and Eloise Chevrier
Gish-Rockford Family
Metropolitan Christian Council of Philadelphia
Laddie and Linda Montague
Rabbi David Straus and Lynne Breslau
Julie Dill Williams
Tamra and Steven Zebovitz

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Carol Avins and Rayman Solomon
Richard and Eileen Bazelon
Barbra Berley-Mellits and Bart Mellits
Congregation Beth Am Israel
Rev. Carolyn Cavaness
Krista Dedrick Lai and Terry Lai
Beth and John Dugan
Vance and John Fernandez
First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia
Dr. Charmaine L. Green
Bronwen and Jeremy Henry
The Huron Foundation
Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
Ken Kolodziej and Anne Hagele
Milan and Leslie Kunz
Dr. Arlene Lauf and Dr. Marc Goldstein
Robert and Holly Lankin

Gary and Lynn Laurino
Rabbi Jill Maderer

Andrea and Jay Malamut
Kathy and Bob McDevitt

Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Jeff Pasek
Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill
Reformation Lutheran Church of Media
Elizabeth Pincus Rubin and Bruce D. Rubin
Ashley Rivera
Dr. Moji Saberin
Ejaz Sabir
Randi Siegel Harris and John Harris
Sally and Lawrence Silverman
Statera Coaching and Leadership Consulting
Cynthia Stewart
The Very Rev. Judith Sullivan
Elizabeth Weiler and James Shanahan
Philip Wachs and Juliet Spitzer
Swarthmore Presbyterian Church
Tabernacle United Church
Trinity Lutheran Church of Lansdale
Dr. Ilene Wasserman and Mark Taylor
David and Betsy Wice
Courtenay and Tom Willcox, M.D.

For questions about this event, please contact Sara Zebovitz at

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