Monthly Archives: September 2015

Innovative Solutions to Confront New Frontiers for BDS

The movement to delegitimize Israel has made significant inroads into new arenas. This session will explore new core BDS strategies, including using Socially Responsible Investing to push forward divestment campaigns, placing public pressure on musical and cultural artists to boycott Israel, and the co-opting of unions and national grassroots movements. We will examine the impact

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Media Training: Best Practices in Message Communication for JCRCs

In this session we would discuss crafting an effective consensus message, using the best messenger and medium, developing relationships with reporters and media outlets, and cutting edge strategies for social media. Speaker: Tamar Abrams

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Campus Coalition and Community Partnership

This session would explore successful models for university students, together with Federations and JCRCs, to advance a broad community relations agenda on priority concerns including social justice, human rights, and a secure and peaceful Middle East.  Speakers: Anna Langer, Hillel; Adam Maslia, Israel on Campus Coalition; Avi Weinryb, JFNA/JCPA Israel Action Network

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Building An Effective Board

What is the role of a board? How do you find the people you need to help lead your JCRC, and what can you do to teach them the skills they need? What information should board members know to be effective and to make sound decisions? Learn leadership development skills, and how to use experienced

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Can You Hear Me? Messaging About Israel

Quite often the words and style that are used to discuss Israel with non-Jewish audiences land flat.  Why?  Come explore how others hear us. What messages get through and which don’t. Speaker: Geri Palast THIS SESSION WILL REPEAT DURING TUESDAY’S WORKSHOPS Background Material: The ABC’s of BDS

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Continuing the Conversation: Extremism in America

Continue the conversation with Ken Jacobson, Deputy National Director of the ADL. How do supporters of radical political ideologies react to Jews, Judaism, and Israel? We’ll closely examine the nature and response to extremism on both the left and right in America today.

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Community Conversation: Race Relations After Ferguson and Baltimore

Hear insights on how we can chart a path forward to address critical questions of race relations, policing, and civil rights today. Speakers: Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, Michele Jawando, Rabbi Susan Talve, Background Material: King’s Dream Remains an Elusive Goal; Many Americans See Racial Disparities

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Jewish and Other Sacred Texts on Addressing Poverty

Poverty is not a new issue. As we grapple with wealth and income inequality, what can we learn from our sacred texts and religious practices? This session explores both Jewish and non-Jewish theology and traditions that provides guidance, moral grounding, and wisdom for the challenges we face today? Speakers: Rabbi Steve Gutow, Imam Talib M.

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Community Conversation: Income Inequality

At no time since the Great Depression has there been a larger disparity between the rich and the poor in the United States. The growth in both income and wealth inequality is creating discontent communities across the United States, spurring activism and political movements, and driving calls for new policies. In this session we will

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David Luchins, Touro College

Dr. David Luchins, chair of the Political Science Department at Touro College, has helped represent the Orthodox Union since his College days almost 5 decades ago. His interest in Social Justice and Communal Service was first shaped by his involvement in the Orthodox Union’s National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY) where he served as National

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