LimmudFest 2021 LimmudFest 2021

Social Justice

Sunday, March 14, 2021

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Build Power, Do Justice: An Introduction to Congregation-Based Organizing
Broderick Bagert
Broderick Bagert
Together New Orleans, Organizer

This session will introduce a model for engaging our congregations in an approach to doing justice that puts relationships, leadership development, and trust at the center of bringing about change to systems, not just symptoms. At the heart of this model are congregations engaging in deeper relationships with congregations and communities different from their own, especially across the lines of race and class.

By strengthening the capacity of our congregations to act on their missions in the world, we can strengthen the power of “everyday people” to affect the decisions and policies being made about them – decisions upon which the very strength and stability of families and communities depend.

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Spirit and Justice: Jewish Spiritual tools to deepen our commitments to Justice
Dani Levine
Dani Levine
Avodah, National Program Director

Join us for an exploration of the role of Jewish spirituality in our work for justice. Dani will share tools and learning from her participation in the Inside Out Wisdom and Action Project Ovdim Fellowship. (https://www.insideoutwisdomandaction.org/meet-the-leadership-cohort). Participants will have an opportunity to try out some spiritual practices and apply them to their own justice work. We'll look at text, we'll look at Musar, and we'll look at how we can use these tools in the service of committing ourselves to ongoing Justice work.

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Mizrahi Feminism
Hadar Cohen
Hadar Cohen
Feminism All Night, Founder

This talk will weave how aspects of race, gender, and spirituality inform Mizrahi Feminism. Through personal experience and political discourse, this session will highlight the ways Ashkenormativity has taken over the Jewish world and erased the experiences and stories of Mizrahi and Sephardi Jews. It will be rooted in a framework of intersectional feminism that seeks to dismantle systems of oppression. This session is open to people of all backgrounds.

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Israel and Our Jewish Values: Where do they mesh? Where do they conflict?
Rabbi Debra Kassoff
Rabbi Debra Kassoff
Hebrew Union Congregation, Rabbi
Rabbi David Gerber
Rabbi David Gerber
Gates of Prayer Synagogue, Senior Rabbi
Lynne Wasserman
Lynne Wasserman
Avodah, Board Chair

Join our panel of rabbis who lean left, right, and center for an honest discussion on the current state of affairs in Israel relating to the situation vis a vis the Palestinians and all aspects of Jewish life. Moderated by Lynne Wasserman, we will cover not only what we love about Israel, but also what bothers us and why. Bring your curiosity and your questions.

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Jewish Leadership in Turbulent Times
Aaron Ahlquist
Aaron Ahlquist
Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Regional Director
Arnie Fielkow
Arnie Fielkow
Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, CEO

Join ADL Regional Director Aaron Ahlquist and Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans CEO Arnie Fielkow for a discussion moderated by New Orleans Councilman Joe Giarrusso about meeting the challenges facing the Jewish community in an environment of polarization, rising Antisemitism, pandemic, and fraying Jewish unity and identity. The conversation will frame the challenges, and discuss the work being done to navigate the troubled waters.

This session is generously sponsored by the Goldring Family Foundation Center for Jewish-Multicultural Affairs.