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Social Justice [clear filter]
Friday, February 13
 

1:00pm EST

When Your Brother (or Sister) Sins: Judaism and Mass Incarceration
In the wake of Ferguson, revelations about abuses at Rikers Island and other prisons, and a growing awareness that mass incarceration is not making anyone safer, we've begun a national conversation about policing, imprisonment, and criminal justice. In this session, we'll consider if, when, and how imprisonment plays a role in the Jewish criminal justice system, and what that might teach us about mass incarceration in the United States today.

Presenters
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Jill Jacobs

Jill Jacobs is the Executive Director of T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, which brings a rabbinic moral voice to human rights in North America, Israel, and the occupied Palestinian territories. She is the author of two books about Judaism and social justice: Where Justice... Read More →


Friday February 13, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm EST
Elm

2:30pm EST

My Heart Transplant vs. Your Clean Water: Allocating Scarce Tzedakah Resources
Clearly, we have an obligation to feed the hungry; but with all the hunger in the world, how can we budget resources for cancer research and heart transplants? We’ll examine the Talmudic model of scarce resource allocation with an eye to creating a personal tzedakah-giving plan.

Presenters
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Meesh Hammer-Kossoy

Meesh Hammer-Kossoy teaches Talmud and directs the Social Justice Track at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, an open, co-ed, non-denominational Jewish learning community where students encounter and grapple with classic texts and traditions of Judaism while exploring... Read More →


Friday February 13, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm EST
Waterside

8:45pm EST

'All Who Are Hungry, Let Them Come': Torah and the African Refugee Crisis
Israel is home to more than 50,000 African refugees, mostly from Sudan and Eritrea. Some see taking care of these refugees as a manifestation of our national identity. Others see it as a dangerous avalanche threatening to eclipse a struggling Jewish State. What can Jewish tradition contribute?

Presenters
MH

Meesh Hammer-Kossoy

Meesh Hammer-Kossoy teaches Talmud and directs the Social Justice Track at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, an open, co-ed, non-denominational Jewish learning community where students encounter and grapple with classic texts and traditions of Judaism while exploring... Read More →


Friday February 13, 2015 8:45pm - 10:00pm EST
Willow