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Saturday, Sunday, and Monday: Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 W. 83rd Street, New York, NY 10024

Friday night: Romemu, 165 W. 105th Street, New York, NY 10025



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Social Justice [clear filter]
Sunday, February 17
 

8:45am

Learning and Modeling Justice: Torah & Today
Explore how interpretations of tzedek (justice) from the book of Deuteronomy, can impact our thinking and decision making. Navigate how meanings of justice and the teaching "tzedek tzedek tirdof, justice, justice you shall pursue,” can inform our lives and the ways that we try to model our best selves for the children, tweens and teens in our lives.

Presenters
avatar for Abby Eisenberg

Abby Eisenberg

Abby Eisenberg is the founder and lead educator of ExploreJewish and Judaics Tutoring NYC. She works with NYC families, creating and teaching individualized text-based Judaics curricula to kids and parents. Abby also officiates at lifecycle events and teaches regularly at the 92Y... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2019 8:45am - 9:45am
Room 4 (5th Floor)

10:00am

Listen, Act, Change
“Justice, justice you shall pursue.” This session will take a look at the California Juvenile Justice system, and how the Advot project uses Jewish values arts to heal, empower, and take action.

Note: Naomi also presented this session on Saturday evening.

Naomi Ackerman's participation was made possible with generous support from The Covenant Foundation.

Presenters
avatar for Naomi Ackerman

Naomi Ackerman

Naomi Ackerman, the founder and executive director of The Advot Project is an experienced actress, consultant and facilitator creating curricula that use drama techniques to deal with social, gender, and educational issues as well as exploring identity and promoting tolerance and... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 9 & 10 (5th Floor)

11:15am

We Were Strangers, Too: Obligation, Love, and Fear
Over the last year, the number of refugees and displaced people across the world has grown to more than 68 million -- the worst refugee crisis in history. In this interactive session, we will ground ourselves in some basic facts about the crisis and then explore meanings of the term ger (stranger), the evolving Jewish imperative to welcome the stranger, and how to reconcile fear of the other with our obligation to the other.

Presenters
avatar for Rachel Grant Meyer

Rachel Grant Meyer

A graduate of Columbia University, Rachel Grant Meyer was ordained by HUC-JIR. She currently serves as the Director of Education for Community Engagement at HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, where she develops educational materials, resources, and programs that educate American... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Eisner Auditorium (6th Floor)

12:45pm

Intersections of Justice
This session will illuminate the ways in which the particulars of race, gender and other identities can impact questions and issues related to poverty and economic justice. It will look at traditional and modern Jewish texts, contemporary writings on race, and data about poverty and gender, race, and sexual orientation. It will include time for participants to think through the implications of this learning in their own lives, work, and social action engagement.

Presenters
avatar for Adina Alpert

Adina Alpert

Adina Alpert is the Program Manager for Bend the Arc’s Selah Leadership Program, which transforms and connects Jewish leaders and organizations to build a powerful social justice sector. In this role, she works to evolve leadership development programming and work on organizational... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Waldbott

Sarah Waldbott

Sarah Waldbott is the Director of Development at the National Council of Jewish Women New York, with a background in the Jewish communal sector, philanthropy, fundraising, community organizing, and advocacy. She has worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations in New York in both... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Room 6 (5th Floor)

2:15pm

Find Your Voice-And Be a Voice
“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when?" Using interactive drama exercises and creative writing, we will explore social action. Discover your voice and learn how to become a voice for others.

Naomi Ackerman's participation was made possible with generous support from The Covenant Foundation.

Presenters
avatar for Naomi Ackerman

Naomi Ackerman

Naomi Ackerman, the founder and executive director of The Advot Project is an experienced actress, consultant and facilitator creating curricula that use drama techniques to deal with social, gender, and educational issues as well as exploring identity and promoting tolerance and... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 7 (5th Floor)

2:15pm

Our Immigrant Stories and What They Teach Us About Welcoming the Stranger Today
Come learn about the connection between HIAS -- the world’s oldest, and only Jewish, refugee resettlement organization -- and Jewish immigration to the U.S., and how that historical work laid the groundwork for helping refugees and asylum seekers of all faiths and ethnicities today. We will also explore the historic and contemporary connection between anti-Semitism and anti-immigrant sentiment and ways that folks can take action for refugees today using your own family story.

Presenters
avatar for Rachel Grant Meyer

Rachel Grant Meyer

A graduate of Columbia University, Rachel Grant Meyer was ordained by HUC-JIR. She currently serves as the Director of Education for Community Engagement at HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, where she develops educational materials, resources, and programs that educate American... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Board Room (4th Floor)

3:30pm

Immigrant Song: Ruth and the Politics of the Foreigner
How does the Book of Ruth inform our thinking about contemporary immigration? Let’s examine how readers of the book have mined its story for insights into one of the more pressing issues of our era.

Presenters
avatar for Stu Halpern

Stu Halpern

Stu Halpern is Senior Advisor to the Provost of Yeshiva University and is responsible for developing interdisciplinary educational and communal initiatives. He has edited 15 books, including Books of the People: Revisiting Classic Works of Jewish Thought, and he has lectured in adult... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Board Room (4th Floor)

3:30pm

Lessons Learned in Starting and Scaling a Jewish Non Profit
Having a great idea is the first step in the long journey to building a national program. We will review step by step the process of going from an idea to a national program that has impacted over 4,000 people. It has been an incredible journey with lots of stresses along the wayQ Maybe I can save you from a few pitfalls... Let's explore together what it takes to go from dream to reality. We will have time to strategize about your vision as well.

Presenters
avatar for Audrey Lichter

Audrey Lichter

Audrey Litcher was the founding Director of Yachad, the the award-winning Greater Hartford Jewish Community High School, for 16 years. In 2009, Audrey became the founding Director of Chai Mitzvah, a national Jewish engagement program for teens to adults. She has received many community... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 8 (5th Floor)

4:45pm

The Value of Time: Work, Rest, and Social Justice
What is a good use of our time? What is a waste of our time? These are questions that are as old as time itself. In this session, we will explore a wide range of ancient and contemporary texts that prompt us to think about how we use our time, both strategically and practically, as well as in a way that is driven by a commitment to live an ethical life and to create a society in which everyone's time is valued.

Presenters
avatar for Sarit Kattan Gribetz

Sarit Kattan Gribetz

Sarit Kattan Gribetz is on faculty at Drisha and teaches Jewish Studies at Fordham University. She received her B.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University, studied Talmud and archaeology as a Fulbright Fellow at the Hebrew University, was a post-doc at Harvard University and JTS, taught... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Room 11 (5th Floor)