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Movements To De-carcerate

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 1, 2018

This Plenary will bring together leading advocates for a conversation about some of the systemic problems with Mass Incarceration, including collateral consequences associated with a felony conviction, and how the Jewish community can get more involved with national movements to end Mass Incarceration.



Undocumented in America

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 1, 2018

This panel will examine the Administration’s approach to domestic immigration policy, how those policies play out in neighborhoods across the U.S., and how a growing number of communities are organizing in response, including through the Sanctuary Congregation Movement and advocacy alongside Dreamers.



Healing, Restoring and Forgiving Communities in an Incarcerated Nation

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 1, 2018

This panel will examine/discuss how to rebuild community connections through collective healing, forgiveness, and rehabilitation in an age of mass incarceration. Hear from experts as they guide participants in how to effectively build this approach into local programming aimed social and emotional learning to help disrupt the cycle of incarceration and trauma.



The State of American Democracy

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 1, 2018

This plenary session will feature William Kristol (a prominent conservative) and William Galston (a prominent liberal). The two “Bills.” political combatants for more than 30 years, have come together in defense of democracy. Hear their groundbreaking approach for ensuring a strong democratic future for America.



Liron Shoham, Inter Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on February 23, 2018

Liron Shoham  is Associate Director at the Inter Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues where she works to further the organization’s mission of raising awareness and providing education about Israel’s Arab citizens for North American Jewish communities. Liron joined the Task Force after serving as Director of Operations for the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s (HGF)…



Robert Fersh, Convergence

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on February 23, 2018

Rob Fersh is the President and Founder of Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, a non-profit organization founded in 2009 to promote consensus solutions to issues of domestic and international importance. Immediately prior, Rob served as the United States country director for Search for Common Ground, an international conflict resolution organization. While at SFCG, he directed…



Rabbi Melissa Weintraub, Resetting the Table

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on February 23, 2018

Rabbi Melissa Weintraub is the founding Co-Executive Director of Resetting the Table, an organization dedicated to building meaningful dialogue and deliberation across political divides in American Jewish life. Melissa is a veteran facilitator and noted educator who trains leaders and builds programs at the intersections of Israel, Jewish thought and conflict resolution. Melissa was awarded…



Joel Braunold, Alliance for Middle East Peace

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on February 23, 2018

Joel joined ALLMEP as its US Director in 2014 and has served as the Executive Director since 2015. A contributor for Ha’aretz and the Jerusalem Post, his work has been published in numerous national and international publications including the New York Daily News, the Guardian, the Huffington Post, the Hill and the Daily Beast. He…



William A. Galston, Brookings Institute

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on February 23, 2018

William A. Galston holds the Ezra K. Zilkha Chair in the Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies Program, where he serves as a senior fellow. A former policy advisor to President Clinton and presidential candidates, Galston is an expert on domestic policy, political campaigns, and elections. His current research focuses on designing a new social contract and…