One Day Conference-Criminal Justice Reform: A Jewish Call to Action

The Criminal Justice Reform Initiative:

All are welcome. Join a concerned cadre of passionate individuals and professionals from major Jewish organizations, representing religious streams from Orthodox to Reconstructionist, in tackling today’s civil rights crisis.

Cosponsors (list is still in formation): ADL-NY • Aleph Institute• B’nai Jeshurun • Congregation Beit Simchat Torah • Central Synagogue • Joseph Stern Center for Social Responsibility at Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan • JCC Harlem: An initiative of the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan • Jewish Labor Committee • Jewish Theological Seminary •  Orthodox Union • Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association • Repair the World NYC • Romemu • NCJW New York • The New York Board of Rabbis • T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights • T’Shuvah Center


One out of every three black men will spend time in the U.S. prison system. Throughout the nation and New York, ascending leaders of diverse communities are working together on reform, but the organized Jewish community is not at the table.

The Goal:

  • Raise awareness that mass incarceration is the civil rights crisis of our time. Educate with the aim of moving toward collective engagement.
  • Assemble a big tent representing the diverse Jewish community and draw on our collective core values to address crucial issues.
  • Activate the NY Jewish community to work on local criminal justice reform issues in coalition with our non-Jewish partners.

With a strong legacy of fighting for civil rights, the Jewish community can have an authoritative voice and influence towards mitigating an ongoing disaster.

Registration Fee: $25*

*financial assistance is available

Sunday, September 15th
8:30 a.m – 4:30 p.m.
(Lunch is included)

UJA-Federation of New York
130 East 59th Street, Manhattan
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Steering Committee »

What You Will Learn:

  • Understanding racial disparities and bias in the criminal justice system
  • The importance of criminal justice reform to the Jewish community
  • Current strategies to mitigate mass incarceration in New York
  • Planning Jewish community advocacy and engagement

Speakers Include Experts, Advocates, and Government Officials:


Topeka K. Sam
The Ladies of Hope Ministries

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries
U.S. Congress, N.Y. Dist. 8

Erin Leigh George
Citizen Action of New York

Vidal Guzman

Jason Flom
Lava Records

Dana Kaplan
NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice Justice Initiatives and Close Rikers

Michael Waldman
Brennan Center for Justice

Rabbi Nicole Auerbach
Central Synagogue

Khalil A. Cumberbatch
New Yorkers United for Justice

Agenda still in formation