25 Women in Leadership: Susan Katz
August 17, 2021
Susan Katz is the heart and soul of Jewish life in Peoria and a huge advocate for diversity and inclusion.
She has been the Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Peoria for almost 21 years. Her work brings her into contact with other community leaders from different religious and cultural backgrounds and interaction with a variety of government entities.
Susan’s goal is to build a community of love, tolerance, and compassion. She has led numerous educational trips from Peoria to Israel, which have been open to people of all faiths and nationalities. She was also instrumental in the creation of the Peoria Holocaust Memorial which now stands at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.
This memorial represents the six million Jews and five million enemies of the state who lost their lives in the holocaust.
Susan also strives for inclusion and works with Jewish, Muslim and Christian groups. Pride in heritage, tolerance, compassion and education – Susan Katz works to make this world a better place.
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