Listening to the Lament, Finding Our Dissent
a Tish'ah b'Av program led by Maria Pulzetti
Saturday, August 13th at 8:00 PM at Germantown Jewish Centre
Service and reading of Eicha (Lamentations) following the program.
We will consider what it means this year on Tish'ah B'Av to mark the destructions of Jerusalem while holding in mind the tragedies and injustices of our own time. Maria will pose questions about racial justice and mass incarceration that arise in her work as a public defender and, more broadly, in our lives as citizens of our city and our country. As we prepare to read Lamentations, we will reflect upon similarities between that moment of destruction 2,000 years ago and the present day. How do we define our obligations to our communities, and how are we called upon to engage?
Maria K. Pulzetti is an Assistant Federal Defender in the appeals unit at the Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Previous to this position, she represented death-sentenced prisoners in the office's capital habeas unit. She worked in Moscow as the executive director of the Russian Justice Initiative, which represents victims of human rights violations at the European Court of Human Rights. She also co-founded the Day of Silence, a student-led day of action against homophobia, bullying and harassment in schools. Maria is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Yale Law School. Maria, her wife Abby Horn, and their two children are members of Germantown Jewish Centre.