Inside the Activists’ Studio, DC and NY, cosponsored by Jewschool

Christ on a cracker, I have never seen so many Jewish social justice organizations in one place. These orgs are the answer to the staid and hobbled mainstream, at least in our eyes, and their presence in the Jewish world is all that prevents me from saying “Screw it,” and starting over. A ridiculously just AJWS-Avodah-led partnership including cosponsors NIF-JFREJ-JUFJ-HIAS-JFSJ-6th&I-Zeek-UriL’Tzedek-Jewschool-etcetera excitedly announces these events in DC and NY:

Inside the Activists' Studio

Jewschool’s very own Mobius joins distinguished panels of local, everyday Jewish changemakers in NY and those who attend will benefit from activism skillshare workshops, networking, an earload of local social justice opportunities, and mishegaas.

Sunday, November 23, 2008
Washington, DC
Sixth & I Synagogue
4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 7, 2008
New York, NY
NY Society for Ethical Culture
4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Judaism was meant to be revolutionary. Check the info below the fold.

Inside the Activists’ Studio – DC

Sunday November 23, 2008
Sixth & I Synagogue, Washington, DC
4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Registration begins at 3:30

We’ll start the evening with fabulous workshops by:
Ilana Lipsett, Political Director, SEIU 32BJ
Marta Beresin, Attorney, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless
Adam Tenner, Director, Metro TeenAIDS
Rebecca Shaloff, Co-Op America
Scott Rechsler, Ashoka Foundation
Lindsey Morris, Casa of Maryland

And end the evening with a panel of amazing local change-makers:
Sarah Ackerman, Sexual Health Educator
Josh Hart, Advisory Neighborhood Commission Member
Alisa Glasman, Lead Organizer, Action in Montgomery
Jakir Manela, Kayam Organic Farm Director, Pearlstone Retreat Center

Moderated by: Ronit Avni, Founder of Just Vision

To register for DC, please click here
Got Questions?  Want to Volunteer?  Contact us at or 202-842-1178.

Produced by: The AJWS-AVODAH Partnership, in close collaboration with Jews United for Justice, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society Young Leaders and Sixth & I Synagogue. Co-sponsored by: Zeek: A Journal of Jewish Thought and Culture and

Inside the Activists’ Studio – NY

Sunday, December 7th
4pm – 9pm, registration at 3:30pm
Location: NY Society for Ethical Culture
Address: 2 W.64th Street, New York, NY (near Columbus Circle)
Cost: Sliding scale, $8 – $18 (nobody will be turned away for lack of funds)

Join us to learn from and be energized by local Jewish change-makers and to celebrate the multitude of ways we are all working to create a more equitable world.

Panel discussion with:

Abby Bellows – Congregational Organizer, NW Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition
Daniel Marks Cohen – Real Estate Developer, Social Activist, and Philanthropist
Batya Schwartz Ehrens – Attorney and Immigrant Rights Advocate
Sam J. Miller – Writer/Organizer, Picture the Homeless

Moderated by Cindy Greenberg – Independent Consultant, Activist / Organizer, Political Theater Artist

Skills-share workshops with:

Miriam Barnard, Senior Director of Development, Fortune Society
Andrew Boyd, Founding Partner of Agit-Pop Communications
Jen Chau, Founder of Swirl
Shuli Passow, Director of Community Initiatives, Jewish Funds for Justice
Daniel Sieradski, New Media Entrepreneur
and others!

Reception with music and a light dinner will follow. 

Register for NYC here.

Hosted by the AJWS-AVODAH Partnership and our partners:
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, the New Israel Fund’s New Generations, and Young Leaders of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.

Co-sponsored by: Bronfman Youth Fellowships, Congregation Beth Elohim, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, Jewish Funds for Justice,, Uri L’Tzedek, Village GAP: Jewish Grads And young Professionals at NYU, and Zeek: A Journal of Jewish Thought and Culture.

With special thanks to the Jewish Women’s Foundation.

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