Rodef Shalom to honor Fred Rogers for peace

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Rodef Shalom Congregation will honor the late Fred Rogers for his peacemaking efforts this June in a program that will feature music, storytelling and clips of his pioneering children’s television series.

The Latrobe native, Presbyterian minister and iconic host of the long-running public-television program “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” — which traces its roots to his work in the 1950s in Pittsburgh’s WQED — will be the third recipient of the congregation’s Pursuer of Peace Award. Mr. Rogers, who died in 2003, will be the first to receive the honor posthumously.

The award — based on the translation of Rodef Shalom’s Hebrew name — honors individuals who work for peace, tolerance and social justice in their fields.

Mr. Rogers’ widow, Joanne, is scheduled to receive the award on his behalf at the ceremony on June 22 at Rodef Shalom in Shadyside.

Previous recipients of the Pursuer of Peace Award have been Bishop David Zubik of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh and William Strickland, CEO of the arts and technology training organization Manchester Bidwell Corp.

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