Award-winning journalist Bari Weiss will keynote United Jewish Appeal (UJA) Aspen Valley’s Annual Fundraiser and Cocktail Reception on Wednesday, August 7 at 5:00 pm. The event is being held at the Chabad Jewish Community Center, 435 West Main Street, Aspen, Colorado.
According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the writing of Bari Weiss “which includes criticism of the right and the left, doesn’t lend itself easily to labels.” As a writer and editor for The New York Times opinion section, Bari tackles the challenging cultural and political issues of the day, including anti-Semitism, Jewish identity and the #MeToo movement. In 2018, she won the Bastiat Journalism Prize for what the judges called “her brilliant, incisive journalism that defends the cornerstone of individual liberty and civil society: freedom of speech.”
Bari grew up in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and had her Bat Mitzvah at the Tree of Life Synagogue. She personally knew victims of the fatal tragedy there in October 2018. Ms. Weiss’ first book, “How To Fight Anti-Semitism” will be published in September.
Powered by JEWISHcolorado, UJA Aspen Valley provides signature programs throughout the community to engage the next generation in being Jewish, unite the people of the Aspen Valley with the people of Israel, and build community through innovative and creative activities and events for all ages.
The Annual Summer Fundraiser and Cocktail Reception raises critical funds to fuel UJA Aspen Valley’s important work, including:
- Scholarships for children to attend overnight Jewish summer camp and religious school programming at Aspen Valley congregations
- Travel stipends to Israel for B’nai Mitzvah students of $1,000 each
- Cultural exchanges for teens with Israeli teen emissaries
- Connections with disabled IDF soldiers who travel to Aspen Valley for respite and renewal, spending a week of skiing and sharing their stories with the community
- A new Regional Security Advisory Program to help Aspen Valley Jewish organizations with safety protocols and grant opportunities