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It's not too late to hear it

Aside from all the other amazing leaders and activists ( for those who care abut such things, quite a number of “Forward Fifty” amongst the panelists, including….
Jewschool’s founder Dan Sieradski in a panel (Monday) on using technology and social media to create social change)
This is the third of RHR-NA’s conferences, and they do not disappoint. Unlike many much- ballyhooed or better-known gatherings, RHR-NA’s biannual gatherings feature people who are actually out there doing work to make the world a better place for all, and doing it Jewishly.
RHR-NA conference
Dec 5-7th
Human Rights Under Fire: A Jewish Call to Action
A Conference on Judaism & Human Rights, Rabbis for Human Rights-North America
For Rabbis, Cantors, Activists, Students, Journalists, Congregants, Jews, Muslims, Christians, and people of conscience from all backgrounds or faith traditions
Sunday, December 5th through Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
Congregation B’nai Jeshurun (257 West 88th Street, NYC)
& The Conference Center (130 East 59th Street at Lexington Avenue, NYC)
To deepen our knowledge, promote discussion, strengthen our advocacy, and support human rights work in North America & Israel through Jewish visions of justice, freedom and equality
Click to register for the conference and/or awards event:

Highlights of the conference program include:
* A multi-denominational Student Pre-conference for Rabbinical, Cantorial and Yeshiva students on Sunday, Dec. 5th, 8:30 AM-2:15 PM
* Opening Plenary: “Human Rights Under Fire in the Age of Obama and Netanyahu” with Dr. Naomi Chazan and Iain Levine (Human Rights Watch), Sun. Dec. 5th, 6:30 PM
* Breakfast Breifing: Park 51 & the Crisis on Islamaphobia – Rabbi Joy Levitt (JCC of Manhattan), Reverend Chloe Breyer (Interfaith Center of New York), Daisy Kahn (American Society for Muslim Advancement), Rabbi Gerry Serotta (Clergy Beyond Borders), Tuesday, Dec. 7th, 8:00 AM
* Closing Plenary: “Israel, Exceptionalism, Human Rights and the Road Ahead” with Peter Beinart (author), Jane Eisner (The Forward ) and Rabbi Ellen Lippmann (RHR-NA), Tuesday, Dec. 7th, 12:30 PM
Come learn with more than 50 prominent human rights advocates, scholars, journalists and Jewish community leaders, including:
Aliza Becker, JStreet; Ari Hart, Uri L’Tzedek; Dan Sieradski, Repair the World; Dinah Pokempner, Human Rights Watch;Isaac Luria, JStreet; Jenny Park, Girls Are Not for Sale; John Humphries, National Religious Campaign Against Torture;Kevin Austin, Not for Sale; Lara Friedman, Americans for Peace Now; Laura Berry, Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility; Maria LaHood, Center for Constitutional Rights; Maya Wind, Columbia University; Naomi Graetz, Ben Gurion University of the Negev; Rabbi Alana Suskin, Congregation Shaare Torah; Rabbi Amy Eilberg; Rabbi Arthur Waskow, The Shalom Center; Rabbi Ayelet Cohen; Rabbi Brent Chaim Spodek; Rabbi Brian Walt, Ta’anit Tzedek;Rabbi Charles Feinberg, Adas Israel Congregation; Rabbi Edward Feld; Rabbi Jarah Greenfield, Reconstructionist Temple Beth Israel; Rabbi Jill Jacobs; Rabbi Michael Strassfeld, The Society for the Advancement of Judaism; Rabbi Mira Regev, Bina: Tikkun Olam; Rabbi Mordechai Leibling, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College; Rabbi Nava Hafetz, Rabbis for Human Rights; Rabbi Rachel Goldenberg, Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek; Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, Rabbis for Human Rights-North America; Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Congregation Beth Simchat Torah; Rabbi Shaul Feinberg, Rabbis for Human Rights; Rabbi Shawn Zevit, Jewish Reconstructionist Federation; Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, Union for Reform Judaism; Rabbi Yehiel Greinimann, Rabbis for Human Rights; Reverend Richard Killmer, National Religious Campaign Against Torture; Ronit Avni, Just Vision; Sharon Kelly McBride, Human Rights First; Sig Libowitz, film-maker; Steven Gerber, Rabbis for Human Rights-North America; Steven Reisner, Physicians for Human Rights; Steven Xenakis, MD, Brigadier General, Ret. USA; Uri Zaki, B’Tselem; Yitzi Zablocki, film-maker; Donna Lieberman, New York Civil Liberties Union; Michael Ratner, Center for Constitutional Rights; Gabor Rona, Human Rights Watch; Pamela Shifman, NoVo Foundation; Rabbi Simkha Weintraub, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services; Ron Soodalter, author; Nisha Varia, Human Rights Watch
Choose from a variety of options for the conference and awards event:
Full conference registration: $250 regular / $175 limited income
One day pass: $100 regular / $75 limited income
Opening or closing plenary only $18-each
Student full conference registration: $100
Student conference only: $50
Lemkin Award ticket: $150 ($75 for conference attendees, $18 for students)
Fore more information, to register or volunteer for the conference, or to buy award event tickets or journal ads:
or contact Cindy Greenberg at [email protected].
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6 thoughts on “It's not too late to hear it

  1. 1/ No Cantors listed?
    I was expecting at least a mohel too (unless that Peter Beinart fellow is one).
    2/ Its nice that they’re going to light candles on a Sunday. It couldn’t be because of Chanukah (see below)
    3/ ‘A Chanukah for Human Rights’. Did the Maccabees respect human rights? My understanding is that they massacred Jews whose religious practices they didn’t like.
    4/ ‘$75 1-day registration fee for those on limited income’. Apparently some people don’t understand the phrase ‘limited income’. (75 x 365 = 27,375 just to help out)
    Besides the ‘Open Society Institute’ is helping out with this thing. Does George Schwartz really need to be getting $75 from poor people? No wonder I’m not a billionaire-I don’t believe in taking money from poor people (at least not that much).

  2. If Dave attended would that cut into his time making stupid comments on every thread that most people simply roll their eyes at?

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