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When Shelter Is Temporary: A Conversation About Homelessness

Monday October 5, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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One of our Sukkot traditions is to follow the commandment to build, eat, and (if taken literally) sleep in a sukkah during the week-long holiday. These temporary, open shelters symbolize the huts our ancestors lived in for 40 years while they wandered the desert after fleeing Egypt. Sukkot lasts just a week, and if the weather is too wet, cold, or hot, our permanent, comfortable homes are just a step away. Many individuals and families, however, do not have that same basic “luxury.”

Join Rabbi Lustig for a conversation with Jean-Michel Giraud, President and CEO of Friendship Place, who has advanced the entire homeless services system in the Washington, D.C. area by drawing on over two decades of clinical experience in human services, expertise in psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery, and commitment to person-centered programming. His focus on cost-effective, permanent, and rapid solutions to homelessness has been lauded by the D.C. government, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and countless homeless service advocates.

This program is free and open to the entire community. For security purposes, RSVP is required and a Zoom link will be provided in your RSVP confirmation email.

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Monday, October 5


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm








Marsha Humphries