Social Justice Café

Sunday, February 11th

1:30-4 PM

Featuring Dr. Elaine Leeder

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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.

The Raphael Trio

SATURday, March 24


In November of 1975, the newly-formed Raphael Trio made “a most auspicious debut” (The New York Times) at Carnegie Hall as winners of the Concert Artists Guild Award. They have since been presented regularly in the leading concert halls of the United States and Europe, appearing in London, Geneva, Paris, Frankfurt, Vienna, Washington DC, San Francisco, Denver, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Chicago, Boston and New York.

In celebration of their 25th Anniversary, they performed the complete Beethoven trios in cycles in Washington DC (Phillips Collection), Vermont (Marlboro College), and in gala appearances in New York at the Kosciusko Foundation. These performances were broadcast by WNYC and Performance Today, NPR’s live broadcast concert series.

The Washington Post says “These gifted musicians play with an almost palpable intensity. They launched into a detailed and emotionally gripping performance that allowed all to triumph both individually and collectively.”

This concert celebrates the donation of a Steinway baby grand piano to Ner Shalom by David Salm, the brother of Susan Salm of the Raphael Trio. The piano belonged to their mother Erna, a concert pianist in Germany. When the Nazis came to power, she shipped her pianos to the Netherlands. When she resettled in Chicago, she sent for them, using them to teach music in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood and to hold monthly house concerts. They were frequently played by her friend, Jewish composer Max Janowski. This piano is one of these refugees.

The trio’s pianist, Daniel Epstein, has played the Salm piano many times, and will again perform using the piano at the March 24 concert.