WLL 2024 Women's Leadership Luncheon web header, theme "Women as Peacemakers"

Radical Nonviolent Peacemaking Strategies – Secrets from the Women of the Torah

Monday, March 4, 2024

Networking: 11 to 11:30 a.m.
Program: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

River City Casino & Hotel Event Center
777 River City Casino Blvd
St. Louis, Missouri

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Featured Speaker:

Rabbi Susan Talve, speaker of the St. Louis Women's Leadership Luncheon 2024

Radical Nonviolent Peacemaking Strategies – Secrets from the Women of the Torah

Rabbi Susan Talve

Founding Rabbi, Central Reform Congregation, St. Louis, Missouri
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ashrei Foundation

Rabbi Susan Talve was ordained by Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati in 1981, where she earned a master's degree in Hebrew Letters and a Doctor of Divinity. She was honored with the college's Stephen Levinson Award for community service after founding the Jewish Early Learning Cooperative, Ohio's first licensed infant childcare program in the workplace. She was the first non-Christian to receive an honorary doctorate from Eden Theological Seminary in 2011 for a career of visionary and bold leadership and supporting interfaith relations in the St. Louis community. She was awarded honorary degrees from Washington University, St. Louis and at St Lawrence University, Canton, New York, and has received many awards for her efforts on behalf of the Jewish and non-Jewish community.

Rabbi Susan is the founding rabbi of Central Reform Congregation (CRC), the only Jewish congregation located within the city limits of St. Louis. When other congregations were leaving the city for the suburbs, Rabbi Susan joined with a small group to keep a vibrant presence in the city and to be on the front line of fighting the racism and poverty plaguing the urban center.

Rabbi Susan has led her congregation in promoting radical inclusivity by developing ongoing relationships with African American and Muslim congregations and fostering civil liberties for the LGBTQ community. The core value of radical hospitality has made CRC a safe home for many marginalized individuals and groups.

Access to quality affordable health care has always been a passion for Rabbi Talve. In 2007, she became a founding member and president of Missouri Health Care for All, a statewide grassroots advocacy organization that built a strong coalition for groups and individuals working to bring healthcare access to all Missourians. Rabbi Susan attributes her success to the relationships she has built by showing up; from street corners where violent crime has taken lives to rallies for worker's rights, gun control and access to health care to the bedside of the suffering regardless of religion or membership in her community.

In 2022, Rabbi Susan founded the Ashrei Foundation, a non-profit created to empower and activate the St. Louis community and partners throughout Missouri to promote economic justice, relieve suffering, and interrupt cycles of poverty.

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For more information, contact:
Debbie Rohrich-Tyler | 314-633-7032 | drohrichtyler@ssndcp.org

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