Building Bridges – Building Movements: A Los Angeles Activist Summit

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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.

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


  • 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