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"Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights" Town Hall Discussion on Race Relations




In honor of International Human Rights Day, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) and the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati will host a panel discussion with local women who have played meaningful roles in human rights advocacy on Thursday, December 10, at 7:00 p.m. at Mayerson Hall on the historic Clifton campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Reservations are recommended. To RSVP call (513) 487-3053 or email

The distinguished panel will be moderated by Rabbi Miriam Terlinchamp, rabbi and spiritual leader of Tempe Sholom in Amberley Village. Panelists include:


·         Iris Roley, a freedom advocate for 13 years who designed and monitored Cincinnati Police Department reform as project manager for the Cincinnati Black United Front

·         Jennifer L. Branch, partner in Gerhardstein & Branch, the firm that won the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges case, which held that the 14th amendment requires States to license and recognize same-sex marriages

·         Dr. Catherine Roma, founder of several choirs including MUSE, Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir, who has commissioned musical works across the barriers of race, class, sexual orientation, age, and imprisonment

·         Marian Spencer, civil rights icon in the Cincinnati community who led the effort to desegregate Coney Island, headed the NAACP, served on Cincinnati Council and was at the forefront of numerous civil rights gains of the past half-century


Reservations for A Celebration of International Human Rights Day are recommended by calling (513) 487-3053 or by email at  Mayerson Hall is located at 3101 Clifton Avenue 45220. For more information visit

Event Date: 
Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 7:00pm