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May 2020

Camping Trip

May 1, 2020 - May 3, 2020
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Racial Justice Tour – Synagogue

May 3, 2020
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Food Justice Tour – Synagogue

May 17, 2020
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September 2020

Social Justice Starts with Me

September 13, 2020
Online Program

“If I am not for myself, who will be for me?” The work of repairing the world starts from within. Meet national mindfulness and fitness instructors who have dedicated their lives to helping people improve their health. Hear from celebrities who have dedicated their lives to mental health and mental health awareness. Grapple with difficult topics and realize that “if you are not for yourself, who will be for you?” But “if you are only for yourself alone, what are…

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October 2020

Exploring Racial Justice and Systemic Oppression

October 25, 2020
Online Program

Humanity began with one person, Adam, so that no one could say to another, “My ancestors are greater than yours” (Mishna Sanhedrin 4:5). During this exploration, we will meet with Black leaders in the field of racial equity. We will learn with organizations led by Jews of Color in the United States and discuss the Jewish community's structural exclusivity. Our lesson will include a workshop with comic book writers who will discuss how the inclusion of Black superheroes has evolved…

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November 2020

Food Justice

November 15, 2020
Online Program

We learn from the Torah that we should leave the corners of our fields for those who are hungry. In this workshop, participants will engage with the concepts of food insecurity in the United States by meeting teen and adult activists in the field. We will conclude the workshop with a hands-on sustainability pickle making lesson.

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December 2020

What is Social Enterprise?

December 13, 2020
Online Program

Maimonides’ “ladder of giving” will be our guiding text in learning about the Jewish laws of giving. In this workshop, participants learn about the difference between social enterprise and a traditional nonprofit, discuss “solutions privilege,” and dig into the role of equity in grantmaking. Participants will meet the founders of successful multi-million dollar social enterprises. They will be inspired to shop differently and learn entrepreneurial skills to inspire their own responses to social injustice. 

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January 2021

Understanding Homelessness

January 24
Online Program

Since the times of the prophets, we learn from Isaiah to “take the unsheltered into our homes.” We will learn about several nonprofits and social enterprises that are striving to have an impact on the issues of homelessness in Los Angeles. This experience includes a virtual tour of Skid Row in Los Angeles. Participants will meet a formerly homeless individual and hear their story. We will culminate by considering questions of how to support people experiencing homelessness and the role…

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February 2021

Honoring Older Adults

February 28
Online Program

One of the 613 commandments in Judaism is to honor older adults, but this is not always what we often see. During this workshop, we will learn about gerontology from experts in the field and explore how to connect with older adults through creative art therapy (dance, music, and art). We will hear from older adults in all phases of life and also meet with the founders of nonprofits and social enterprises working with this population. Our lesson will conclude…

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March 2021

Supporting People with Diverse Abilities

March 14
Online Program

In Genesis, we learn that we are all created in God's image, yet we all are different in looks and abilities. We will meet with various nonprofit founders and social enterprise professionals who create opportunities for children and adults with varying special needs. We will have the opportunity to ask hard questions and break our preconceived notions about “disabilities.” The program will conclude with a DIY lesson taught by a special guest.

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