2014 Peacemaker Awardees
Rabbi Ron Muroff
After a devastating fire in 2009 that completely destroyed their synagogue; Rabbi Ron led the Chisuk Emuna congregation through the process of purposefully rebuilding within Harrisburg to follow their mission to Harrisburg and inspire, in Rabbi Ron’s words, “a vision of a future that’s more peaceful, more respectful, and better than the world we live in now.” He is involved nationally with Jewish Women International in raising awareness about sexual and domestic violence and clergy abuse in the Jewish community; and locally with the Harrisburg Chapter of Heeding G-d’s Call, an interfaith effort to saves lives through gun violence prevention.
Hector R. Ortiz, Ph.D.
Hector has been working for many years on human and civil rights, equity, equality, socioeconomic disparities, diversity, and inclusion. Hector has founded/co-founded Estamos Unidos de Pennsylvania; the Latino/Hispanic Professional Association of Central PA; and the Latino Hispanic American Community Center.
Kay has made her mark on our community with her extreme dedication to volunteer service, most notably through her service as a Housing Counselor at the Harrisburg Center for Peace and Justice and with her conflict medication work with Neighborhood Dispute Settlement. She’s been a member of the Religious Society of Friends since she was 10 years old.
Starla J. Williams
Starla has served as Executive Vice President for Child and Family Services in a statewide private non-profit agency servicing over 1300 children and youth in foster care. She often addresses community groups and professional organizations on important topics, including leadership development, diversity in the legal academy and racial equity in child welfare.