Speakers Series to Address Social Action Issues

Time for Change: Speakers series to address social action issues in Wheeling

Temple Shalom will begin its second annual social action lecture series at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, in the synagogue’s social hall.


The 2015-16 Temple Shalom Social Action Lecture Series will address pressing social action issues that affect Wheeling, as well as West Virginia.

This is the second year Temple Shalom, 23 Bethany Pike, has presented the series, which is free and open to the public. Last year, speakers addressed topics such as climate change, historic preservation and women and families at risk.

The series begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, when Ken Peralta and Danny Swan of Grow Ohio Valley will be the guest speakers.  They will address hunger in the Ohio Valley.

The other topics of this year’s lectures are legislative diversity, the arts & urban renewal and the need for recycling.

In the interest of full disclosure, this reporter is the organizer for the event.

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“From diversity in West Virginia politics to recycling in the Ohio Valley, this lecture series will explore issues of critical importance to all residents of Wheeling,” Temple Shalom President Seth Posin said in a prepared statement.  “Therefore, it is with an open heart that we welcome all Ohio Valley residents to attend and participate in these vital discussions.”



Ken Peralta and Danny Swan will address hunger in the Ohio Valley during the first lecture in the series at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at Temple Shalom. The lecture is free to the public, but RSVPs are appreciated. Please contact the synagogue at 304-233-4870.


Here is the complete lineup of this year’s series. Each program will be held at 7 p.m. Sundays in the Temple Shalom social hall:

• “Hunger in the Ohio Valley: What it Looks Like,” with Ken Peralta & Danny Swan, founders, Grow Ohio Valley, Sunday, Oct. 18.

• “Minorities and Lawmaking: Diversity in the Legislature,” with Del. Michael Pushkin, the only Jewish member of the West Virginia Legislature, Sunday, Nov. 15.

• “Creative City: The Role of the Arts in Wheeling’s Revitalization,” with Susan Hogan of the Mayor’s Commission on the Arts and Culture, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016.

• “Use and Reuse: Recycling in Wheeling,” with Scott Ludolph, owner of Scrappy Pappy’s Recycling and a member of Wheeling’s Sustainability Board and Green Table, Sunday, March 20.