Jewish Communal Leadership Program’s Annual Communal Conversation Event: The Jewish Future is Feminist

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Participants : 
  • April N. Baskin, principal, April N. Baskin Consulting; immediate past President of Audacious Hospitaly, Union for Reform Judaism
  • Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann, founder, Mishkan 
  • Sarah Hurwitz, former senior speechwriter, President Obama; former head speechwriter, First Lady Michelle Obama
Event Date: 
March 15, 2019
Event Time: 
8:45am to 12:00pm
Location: 
1840 (ECC) School of Social Work, 1080 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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Jewish Feminisms/American Visions will bring an array of pioneering and contemporary feminist activists to Ann Arbor to consider the role of Jewish identity in the framing and development of second wave American feminism. During this symposium, activists from the 1960s through today will explore the significance of Jewish identities in the development of the women's liberation movement and the impact of feminism on American Jewish culture, politics, and religion. In addition to conversations between veteran feminists and more recently-minted activists, the program will include a screening of the documentary Changing the World portraying the activist career of conference participant, Heather Booth, and a performance by violinist and klezmer music pioneer, Alicia Svigals.

8:15 - 8:45 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 - 10:15: Feminisms/Jewish Feminisms and the Complication(s) of Israel with Marcia Freedman, Joyce Antler, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Rabbi Ayelet Cohen with Moderator Judith Rosenbaum

10:30 -12: Contemporary Leaders Consider the Legacies of Feminism with Judith Rosenbaum, Rabbi Alana Alpert, April Baskin, Rabbi Georgette Kennebrae, Tilly Shames with Moderator Samira Mehta

Presented by the Jewish Communal Leadership Program and the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan with support from the University of Michigan Office of Research and Institute for Research on Women and Gender.