Announcing the JUDJ Activist Summit [UPDATED]

Jews United for Democracy and Justice (JUDJ) will convene its inaugural event, “Building Bridges – Building Movements: A Los Angeles Activist Summit,” a half-day gathering, designed to educate, enlighten, and engage the 2300 individual signatories of JUDJ’s statement of support. For more information and to register, click here.

The event will kick-off with a Convening Conversation: “We Were Made for This: How Los Angeles is Leading the Way on Issues of Justice and Democracy” featuring Congresswoman Karen Bass, City Attorney Mike Feuer, L.A. City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson.

DATE – Sunday May 21, 2017

TIME – 12:30pm – 5:00pm (see program schedule below)

LOCATION – Leo Baeck Temple 1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd L.A. 90018

Breakout sessions will provide attendees an opportunity for a deeper dive around issues that are central to JUDJ’s founding principles, and will include workshops specifically for those new to community organizing, as well as a gathering solely for the rabbinic council of JUDJ, and for JUDJ’s legal community. The afternoon will conclude with an “activist fair,” where individuals will have the opportunity to learn how they can get more involved with local organizations working on the ground to promote justice and democracy in Los Angeles.


  • Registration: 12:30pm
  • Keynote Session: 1:00-2:00pm
  • Breakout Sessions: 2:00-4:00pm
    • The Fourth Column: How a Free Press Changes Everything – featuring Danielle Berlin, The Jewish Journal
    • United Against Fear: Jewish and Muslim Responses – featuring Matt Friedman, Associate Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League and Aziza Hasan, Executive Director, New Ground
    • Beyond the Wind Tunnel: How to Engage in Difficult Conversations – featuring Brie Loskota, Executive Director, Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California
    • For We Were Strangers in a Strange Land: A Jewish Response to the Refugee Crisis – featuring Julie Gersten, Founder, Interfaith Refugee Project; Hon. Bruce Einhorn, US Immigration Judge 1990-2007; Haley Broder, Coro Fellow in Public Affairs; Sam Yebri, Partner, Merino Yebri LLP
    • Community Organizing 101 – featuring Lee Winkelman, Southern California Organizer,  Reform California/Religious Action Center
      Immigrant Justice and Progressive Religious Voices – featuring Rev. Andy Schweibert, UCC Pastor, immigrant rights advocate
    • Justice beyond the Bimah: Convening of JUDJ Rabbinic Council
    • Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue: Strategizing and Training for Attorneys, featuring David Lash and E. Randol Schoenberg
  • Activist Fair: 4:00-5:00pm – featuring the following community partners (list in formation):
    • Anti-Defamation League
    • Bend the Arc
    • Bet Tzedek
    • Clergy-Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE)
    • Interfaith Refugee Project
    • Jewish World Watch
    • MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
    • National Council of Jewish Women
    • Newground: A Muslim Jewish Partnership
    • Reform California: The Religious Action Center

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