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Ner Shalom Social Justice Café

Featuring Dr. Elaine Leeder

Great Music, Deep Learning, Yummy Food & Drinks
Inspiring and Supporting Each Other As We Keep On Keeping On...Towards Justice and Peace!
American Jews have long been involved in social justice and progressive causes. With our values of Tikkun Olam and doing Teshuvah, Jews have been at the forefront of most social change efforts in the US. Dr. Leeder"s talk will cover the way that Jews have influenced American social policies. We will look at the Jewish labor movement, particularly some of the women like Pauline Newman, Rose Schneiderman and Rose Pesotta, whose values were rooted in Jewish identity but who were able to stretch mainstream American ideals. We will talk about the relevance of these foremothers' and fathers' actions for today.

Dr. Elaine Leeder is Professor of Sociology and Dean Emerita of the School of Social Sciences at Sonoma State University. She has over 40 years of distinguished accomplishments and experience in academia and public service. Her awards and accomplishments include a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, visiting scholar status at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in DC, and publication of five books. Her first book, The Gentle General: Rose Pesotta, Anarchist and Labor Organizer, studied many lesser-known Jewish radicals, whom she had the honor of meeting and interviewing. She will happily tell you some of their colorful stories.

Join us for inspiring music, stories, learning and great company. We will celebrate our tradition of activism and our lineage of radical Jews. Other presentations by social justice activists providing networking and activist opportunities! Wonderful nosherei and snacks available for purchase, with proceeds going to Ner Shalom and a social justice project TBD.

Earlier Event: February 11
J School Meets
Later Event: February 16
Shabbat with Zelig Golden