Category Archives: Sessions 2017

A Nation of Immigrants

In 2012 the Obama Administration launched the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program granting provisional protected status certain undocumented immigrants. I the wake of elevated anti immigrant rhetoric during the 2016 Presidential Election, and Trump campaign promise a group of bipartisan Senators introduced legislation to preserve this status. Hear from policy experts, community organizers,
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Fighting Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia: Exploring Opportunities and Challenges for Muslim-Jewish Engagement

As anti-Muslim rhetoric and policy increases in the United states the Jewish community can play a strong role in countering anti-bigotry and prejudice. Explore with faith leaders and community relations experts what opportunities exist, how to overcome differences and build Muslim-Jewish partnerships in your own community. Domestic Workshops Monday, February 27 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
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65 Million Refugees: A Global Humanitarian Crises

Join policy experts for a discussion on the unprecedented international refugee crises from a human rights and global conflict perspective. Listen to a Syrian refugee tell their personal story and share their experiences. Find out how local Jewish communities are working with a range of partners to help refugees and how to get your own
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Life After Lockup

Learn more about the challenges and the collateral consequences that returning citizens face and how organizations are helping them overcome these obstacles. Discuss how your local community can be supportive of reentry efforts. Criminal Justice Reform Breakout Sunday February 26, 12:15 p.m.
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Racial Bias in Sentencing Practices

Learn about how disparities in sentencing intersect with race and poverty to create devastating disparities across communities, and hear from top advocates who are lobbying for reform. Discuss how you can get your local community involved in reform efforts. Criminal Justice Reform Breakout Sunday February 26, 12:15 p.m.
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Juvenile Justice: How School Disciplinary Policies Push Kids into the Criminal Justice System

Learn from experts about how schools’ zero-tolerance policies and harsh disciplinary practices push low-income students and students of color out of the classroom and into the criminal justice system. Hear from advocates about their legislative campaigns to ban the use of solitary confinement for minors, and explore local models of success with organizations working to
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The Elephant in the Room: Managing Divergent Perspectives on Israel and Beyond

Tension in the U.S.-Israel relationship, political uncertainties and public splits within our community can deeply affect the development of Jewish identity and unity and can quickly pit allies against one another. Explore what our communities can do to address moments of intra-communal tension – from creating safe space for healthy discourse to consensus-based advocacy to
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