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Gun Violence Prevention Shabbat

Friday, November 11, 2022 17 Cheshvan 5783

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM


Kol Ami and our Tzedek Council join with congregations across the nation for this Gun violence prevention Shabbat. Our Guest speakers will be Margot Bennett, executive director of Women Against Gun Violence, and Josh Stepakoff, a victim of gun violence and Board member.
History of WoMen Against Gun Violence:  Founded almost 30 years ago, WoMen Against Gun Violence has worked tirelessly and fearlessly to prevent gun violence in our communities, state, and across the nation through impactful legislation and innovative programs.
Margot Bennett:                        A picture containing person, outdoor, personDescription automatically generated       
Margot Bennett is the Executive Director of WoMen Against Gun Violence.  She has served the not-for-profit community as a Board Member of the Fair Housing Council, a founding Director of the Alliance for Children’s Rights, and as the Associate Executive Director of the Inner City Law Center.  After receiving her Master’s Degree from the University of Judaism (now American Jewish University), she continued to pursue her not-for-profit career with the Western Law Center for Disability Rights and with the University of Judaism before joining WoMen Against Gun Violence over 10 years ago.
Josh Stepakoff:                        A picture containing person, outdoor, personDescription automatically generated       
Josh Stepakoff is on the Board of Directors of WoMen Against Gun Violence. He has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Family Studies from California State University, Northridge, and a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. As a 6-year-old, he was shot in an anti-Semitic attack at the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills.  Josh is a mental health advocate and speaks regularly to students about the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and about how being shot at 6 years old impacted his life then and how it impacts his life now that he is a young husband and father of two.  Josh has met and worked with Senator Dianne Feinstein, First Lady Hillary Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and many more to craft local and national gun reform laws.


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