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Coming on Connections: Monday, June 24

First hour: Updates from the Foodlink Career Fellowship program

Second hour: Discussing the goals of the Jewish Federation's "Every Voice Counts" survey 

A number of industries -- from manufacturing to food -- are experiencing a middle skills gap. The Foodlink Career Fellowship seeks to help fill those gaps and reduce poverty in the Rochester area. The program will wrap up its inaugural year this week. We sit down with a program participant and organizers who share its results and discuss the state of the industry. Our guests:

  • Gloria Soldevila Ramos, member of the inaugural cohort of the Foodlink Career Fellowship
  • Mitch Gruber, chief strategy officer for Foodlink, and member of Rochester City Council
  • Lindsy Bennage, training and development coordinator for Wegmans

Then in our second hour, the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester has released a survey to help gather feedback from the Jewish community about a range of issues, including the rise in anti-Semitism across the country. The questionnaire, called "Every Voice Counts," is open to people who identify as Jewish, have Jewish heritage, or who have relationships within the Jewish community. It polls participants about services, cultural interests, as well as concerns about security. Our guests discuss the survey, what they hope to learn, and how the results will help them plan for a more inclusive community. Our guests:

  • Meredith Dragon, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester
  • Judy Azoff, chair of the "Every Voice Counts" Jewish Rochester Survey
  • Dr. Jacob Moalem, M.D., vice chair of the "Every Voice Counts" Jewish Rochester Survey, and associate professor of surgery and endocrinology at the University of Rochester Medical Center
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.