Join us for a panel discussion regarding Shared Legacies, the story of Black & Jewish collaboration during the Civil Rights campaign. Moderated by Rabbi Adam Rosenbaum from Temple Beth Tzedek. Panelists include Rabbi Everett Gendler, interviewed throughout the film, Rev Mark Blue, president of NAACP Buffalo Branch, and Rene Petties-Jones, president National Federation for Just Communities of WNY, Inc.
Everett Gendler interviewed in the film Shared Legacies, is an American rabbi, known for his involvement in progressive causes, including the civil rights movement, Jewish nonviolence, and the egalitarian Jewish Havurah movement. From 1978-1995, he served as the first Jewish Chaplain at Phillips Academy, Andover.
Pastor Mark E. Blue was born in the City of Buffalo in 1963 and has always worked and served to reach out to anyone who may have needed a helping hand. He joined the United States Air Force Reserve in 1983 and retired in 2003 with the rank of Master Sergeant. He was employed at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station – 914th Tactical Airlift Group as an Aircraft Propulsion Technician. During his career at the Air Force Base he also served as a base Equal Opportunity Employment Counselor and served on the Air Force Reserve Base Human Resource Development.
Rene Petties-Jones received her dual B.A. in Psychology and Human Services from the University at Buffalo and is a graduate of Buffalo City Honors School. She has received numerous recognitions and awards including the Business First Women of Influence award and serves on several local and regional boards of directors. She serves as president of The National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York, Inc. (NFJCWNY) one of the region’s oldest human rights organizations.