Dish It Up
The 11th Annual Dish It Up, which took place on Thursday, March 21st at VIE in Center City Philadelphia, was a smashing success, raising approximately $195,000 for Women Against Abuse's life-saving services and attracting more than 400 advocates, supporters and foodies!
The Purple Dish Award went to Rachel Klein of Miss Rachel's Pantry, while the Purple Dessert Award went to Ruth Scott of Cupcakes by Ruth. Mary Lochary of The Westin - last year's returning champion - took home Honorary Mention.
We were thrilled to honor Rabbi Jill L. Maderer, who has served Congregation Rodeph Shalom since her ordination from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 2001, becoming their senior rabbi in 2017. She is the first woman to serve in this role. Rabbi Maderer works collaboratively across diverse, multi-faith communities in Philadelphia to advance the congregation’s vision for creating profound connections. Rabbi Maderer serves on the Board of the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia, on the Central Conference of American Rabbis Task Force on the Experience of Women in the Rabbinate, as immediate past co-president of the Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia, and as a member of the Jewish Federation Board of Trustees. She has also served as a chairperson of the Center City Kehillah and on the faculty at Union for Reform Judaism Camp Harlam. Rabbi Maderer is a powerful voice for survivors of violence, encouraging others to speak up and to intervene where there are acts of violence, rather than to allow victims of abuse to walk that journey alone. In her message “Our Jewish Leadership Responding to #MeToo and Time’s Up,” Rabbi Maderer emphasizes the importance of addressing the root causes of gender-based violence in our society and mobilizes congregants, Board members, and staff for change. Women Against Abuse is pleased to recognize Rabbi Maderer with the 2019 Advocate of the Year Award for challenging us all “to turn inward to determine the behaviors we need to change, and the power we have to bring change in our spheres of influence.”
The Honorable Jane Cutler Greenspan (ret.) has a distinguished judicial and legal career spanning more than three decades. Justice Greenspan served as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 20 years as a Judge in the Trial Division of the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, and more than 10 years as an Assistant District Attorney, where she served as Chief of the Domestic Violence Unit and Chief of Superior Court Appeals. In that role, she worked closely with service providers, including the Women Against Abuse Legal Center, to secure justice for victims of domestic violence. Justice Greenspan is trained in Title IX to conduct neutral investigations, and has extensive experience as an external adjudicator. She is a member of the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services panel, and was chosen to serve as an Advisor to the American Law Institute Project on Campus Sexual Assault. Justice Greenspan has also served as a Director of the American College of Business Court Judges, and is a member of the American Law Institute. Justice Greenspan serves as an arbitrator and mediator in complex commercial, labor, financial and business disputes nationwide.