Jewish Futures 2019 West Coast Conference

presented by The Hive at Leichtag Commons

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News about the #metoo movement, racial inequity, and immigration fill our news feeds and conversations every day. We crave constructive outlets to unpack these issues and find actionable methods to shift the power balance. When we turn to Jewish education spaces for guidance, our learnings typically focus on holidays, Torah study and Jewish tradition. When we do address social justice, those conversations lean toward supporting those who are less fortunate in their time of need.

What would it look like for Jewish education to be more active in addressing these topics and power dynamics that affect our communities every day?

The Jewish Futures Conference will answer the following questions:

  1. Can Jewish education have a role in addressing contemporary power dynamics in our society?
  2. Why should Jewish education have a role?
  3. How do Jewish educators, those in traditional venues and those who serve as informal educators, currently address these topics through their curriculum and programs and how can we emulate their approaches?

The one-day conference will address three contemporary power dynamics that are prevalent in Southern California and certainly beyond. Experts from across the sectors and Jewish community will unpack these issues and reveal how Jewish education for all ages can host dialog, foster progress, and help us pursue justice.

  1. Sexual Victimization
  2. Racial Inequity
  3. Immigrant Justice

Have questions? Email Director of the Hive Jenny Camhi

Speakers

More to be announced leading up to the conference

Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, Valley Beit Midrash

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz is a social justice warrior and has been on the frontlines of the humanitarian crisis at the US/Mexico Border. He co-founded “Jews for Human Rights in Syria” and founded and leads the Jewish social justice group Arizona Jews for Justice. He also serves on the Phoenix Human Relations Commission. He is the President & Dean of the Valley Beit Midrash (Jewish pluralistic adult learning & leadership), the Founder & President of Uri L’Tzedek (Jewish Social Justice), the Founder and CEO of The Shamayim V’Aretz Institute (Jewish animal advocacy), the Founder and President of YATOM, (Jewish foster and adoption network), and the author of sixteen books on Jewish ethics. Newsweek named Rav Shmuly one of the top 50 rabbis in America and the Forward named him one of the 50 most influential Jews.

Dr. Guila Benchimol, Researcher & Consultant on Sexual Violence

Dr. Guila Benchimol is a researcher and consultant on sexual violence. Guila is currently an advisor to the Safety, Respect, Equity Jewish coalition to address sexual harassment and gender discrimination. She is also a research assistant at the Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence where she works on projects related to homicide and domestic violence cases. Guila brings over ten years of experience as a Jewish educator to her work with various religious groups on gender based violence. She was previously the Managing Director of National Conference for Synagogue Youth (NCSY) Canada, the founder and director of an international NCSY overnight summer program for high school girls, and the Director of Judaic Studies at Tiferes Bais Yaakov where she also taught Tanach to grades 9 through 12. She is a proud alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars program.

Schedule

8:30 Registration and light breakfast

9:00-10:00 Welcome and Framing

10:00-3:00 Issue area experts

3:00-4:00 Optional: Open space sessions with issue area experts

4:00 Cocktails and appetizers on the Farm House Patio

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