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Words Change the World- NEW DATE

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 29 Av 5780

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

We are excited to announce the new date for Sisterhood’s annual donor event, “Words Change the World!”

As previously planned, Barbara Pierce Bush will be featured in a Q & A about her years at the daughter and granddaughter of two United States presidents, her family’s mission to fight illiteracy and her work through her Global Health Corps. We have received over 1,000 new children's books to donate to the Harris County Public Library to be distributed to our area’s underserved children through our partnership with the Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation.

To get involved in the fight against illiteracy, please visit to support the Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation's work by volunteering your time. We urge all registered guests for the original date in MARCH to re-confirm your reservation by contacting the Sisterhood office at 713.529.5771, ext. 233, or by emailing Please know that while the synagogue building is closed, the phones and e-mails are being checked!

You may also contact the Sisterhood office to inquire about additional ticket sales, patron seating or any other questions about the event.


Congregation Emanu El Sisterhood, in partnership with the Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation and Harris County Public Library, will hold its annual fundraising event, Words Change the World. This year’s guest speaker will be Barbara Pierce Bush, humanitarian and co-founder and Board Chair of Global Health Corps.

A Yale University graduate with a degree in Humanities, Ms. Bush co-founded Global Health Corps, which mobilizes a global community of young leaders to build the movement for health equity. She has worked with the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in South Africa and UNICEF in Botswana, is a member of UNICEF’s Next Generation Steering Committee and the UN Global Entrepreneurs Council. Named one of Newsweek’s Women of Impact in 2013, she released Sisters First, a New York Times best seller written with her twin sister and co-author Jenna Bush Hager.

Barbara Pierce Bush is also a supporter of her family’s foundation, the Barbara Bush Literary Foundation, created to improve the quality of lives through the power of literacy. The Foundation, established by Neil and Maria Bush, is dedicated to helping eradicate the literacy crisis in Houston. The Sisterhood’s partnership with the Foundation will donate part of the proceeds raised by Words Change the World to make an impact on the local community by donating children’s book to the Harris County Public Library’s Curiosity Cruiser.

A moderated conversation with Barbara Pierce Bush will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by a Texas-style lunch. Congregation Emanu El’s Sisterhood has a strong dedication to community service and social action as well as progressive Jewish values. Co-chairs for this year’s event are Kathy Parven and Shelley Wisner.

Limited seats remain available for this Sisterhood event. For tickets, contact the Sisterhood office directly at or call 713.529.5771, ext. 233. 


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