Symone Sass

Symone Sass coordinates the Meal Partners Program for Jewish Federation & Family Services of Orange County. The program organizes meals between Holocaust survivors and volunteers to reduce isolation and broaden survivors’ support systems.

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Lennon Flowers

Lennon Flowers is the co-founder and executive director of The Dinner Party, which facilitates conversations about loss over shared meals. She also leads The People’s Supper, which addresses ideological, political and racial divides.

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Karen Erlichman

Karen Erlichman is a spiritual consultant for The Dinner Party, which creates connections between and hosts dinners for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

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Juliane Hammer

Juliane Hammer is an associate professor of Islamic studies at the University of North Carolina. Her research interests include American Muslims, marriage and family, women’s rights and food.

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Matthew E. Boxer

Matthew E. Boxer is an assistant research professor of modern Jewish studies at Brandeis University, where he studies American Jewish life and identity.

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Justin Welby

The Most Rev. Justin Welby is the archbishop of Canterbury, head of the Church of England. He has engaged a number of social issues since being installed in this role in March 2013, including poverty, climate change and medically assisted suicide.

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Liat Ayalon

Liat Ayalon is deputy director of the school of social work at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, where she specializes in aging. She is also a member of the Bioethics Advisory Committee of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

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Daniel Cox

Daniel Cox is a research fellow in polling and public opinion with American Enterprise Institute. He previously served as research director for Public Religion Research Institute.

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