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Cantorial Student Meara Lebovitz Monitoring Pope's U.S. Travels on Social Media for the American Red Cross Chapter in Philadelphia

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Year-In-Israel cantorial student Meara Lebovitz will be monitoring social media for the American Red Cross chapter in Philadelphia during the Pope's U.S. visit. She writes:

"I am thrilled to help support the efforts of my local American Red Cross in Philadelphia during the Pope's visit there this weekend.  While in Philadelphia the Pope will lead Mass with 2 million people expected to attend.  As a long-time Red Cross volunteer, I work as a Disaster Action Team Lead Responder and Communications Volunteer.  The American Red Cross plays a vital role in the Pope's visit to Philadelphia.  Volunteers on the ground will reconnect family and friends who may have gotten lost in the large crowd, work in the medic tents, and so much more.  During the overnight hours in America, I will be monitoring social media for the local team so they can get some much needed rest.  Our social media is an important way we can tell attendees how to prepare for the event, reunite with family and friends, where they can receive medical support and so much more.  I would be volunteering on the ground if I was at home but I'm happy to be able to support the team, even from Israel."

Follow her efforts on social media: @redcrossphilly

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