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Saturday, March 17

3:15pm CDT

Sanctuary: An Interfaith Response to Supporting Immigrants
Sanctuary is one of the most ancient traditions of people of faith that provides safe spaces against the threat of persecution. In 2007, an initiative known as the New Sanctuary Movement took shape with coalitions of congregations throughout the country pledging to support the work of immigration organizers and those facing deportation. This session will provide historical context for the contemporary sanctuary movement from an interfaith perspective; explore the history of local immigration organizing in the Greater New Orleans area; and will identify ways that congregations and individuals can participate in local efforts of the Greater New Orleans Interfaith Sanctuary coalition. The session will also include background on Jewish involvement in the Sanctuary movement.

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Davida Finger

Davida Finger, Clinic Professor, teaches the Community Justice section of the Loyola University Law Clinic. She and her clinic students represent clients in landlord-tenant, post-disaster housing, housing discrimination, and  other civil rights cases. In addition to litigating cases... Read More →

Congress of Day Laborers

The Congress of Day Laborers is an organization of immigrant workers and families founded by the day laborers who helped rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. It is a hub for immigrants across the Southeast region, and a leadership pipeline for hundreds of immigrant workers... Read More →
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Darcy Roake

The Reverend Darcy Roake is the Developmental Minister at Community Church Unitarian Universalist (CCUU) in New Orleans. In June 2017 CCUU declared itself a Sanctuary Congregation, and Rev. Darcy has been proud to support CCUU and the Greater New Orleans Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition... Read More →

Saturday March 17, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm CDT
Room 2, Gates of Prayer

4:30pm CDT

Our Forgotten Brothers and Sisters: Tales from Behind Bars
Over the years, Rabbi Yossie Nemes has offered pastoral care to prisoners across Louisiana.  He will share some of his experiences and lead a discussion on the Torah’s view of incarceration and sentencing reform.

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Yossie Nemes

Rabbi Yossie Nemes grew up in Brooklyn and graduated in 1987 from Yeshiva Gedolah college in Johannesburg, South Africa. He had the privilege of studying under the Lubavitcher Rebbe for many years. He and his wife Chanie, a noted educator, have served the NOLA Jewish community for... Read More →

Saturday March 17, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm CDT
Lake Library, Gates of Prayer Lake Library, Gates of Prayer
Sunday, March 18

11:30am CDT

"Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue": Judges, Courts, Partiality and Due Justice
We are instructed as Jews in many of our teachings to pursue justice. Working in the courts, the panelists have the opportunity every day to engage in that pursuit. They will discuss the connection between partiality, money, and fairness in the courts as explored in our Jewish teachings. The panelists explore some of the initiatives underway to ensure accountability around civil rights violations, criminal courts, and corruption in Orleans Parish.  The discussion will also center on the Noahide Laws and how these laws relate to and influence the work of the panelists.

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Simone Levine

In August 2015, Simone Levine became the executive director of Court Watch NOLA, a volunteer-based nonprofit organization that monitors New Orleans criminal courts. She came to Court Watch NOLA right after serving as the Deputy Police Monitor in the New Orleans Office of the Independent... Read More →
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David Howard Sinkman

David Howard Sinkman is the Civil Rights Coordinator and an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana. David received a JD degree and a Certificate in Refugee Studies from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was a member of the law school’s asylum... Read More →

Sunday March 18, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Library, JCC

2:45pm CDT

Tikkun Olam and Community Development in New Orleans: Case Studies from Natives and Newcomers
As Tikkun Olam teaches us, God intentionally created an imperfect world. In this interactive session, we will explore how Tikkun Olam plays out in post-Katrina New Orleans for us as three young professionals in the workforce, economic, and youth development/education fields, as well as in the lives of all New Orleanians. Through free writes, small group discussions, and reflections, we will consider the role of and appetite for community development in New Orleans, which can at times be resistant to change. For those of us who are not from New Orleans, Tikkun Olam was the reason for moving here. How can this value help us reconcile the often contentious “newcomer vs. native” conversation in New Orleans? Is Jewish community service for the Jewish community or wider community? We will end with a call to action, committing to our own acts of Tikkun Olam.

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Amy Barad

Amy Barad is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Tulane University’s Cowen Institute, where she oversees work related to Opportunity Youth initiatives. Over the last decade, she has worked in the for- and nonprofit sectors in business development, policy analysis, and systems... Read More →
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Amanda Kruger Hill

Amanda Kruger Hill, the executive director of Tulane University’s Cowen Institute, is an award-winning educational leader with a deep commitment to the success of New Orleans youth. She co-founded the first youth-initiated high school in the United States and the Reach Institute... Read More →
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Jeffrey Schwartz

Jeffrey Schwartz is the executive director of Broad Community Connections, a nonprofit Main Street program that promotes the revitalization of Broad Street and its surrounding neighborhoods; under his leadership there has been more than $30 million in development for the area. Jeffrey... Read More →

Sunday March 18, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Room 202a, JCC

4:00pm CDT

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory through Today: Jews and the Labor Movement
In this session we will explore Jewish involvement in the organized labor movement. We will delve into its rich history in the United States by learning about the organizing led by Jewish leaders and their allies during the turn of the century through today. Why have Jewish leaders felt compelled to become labor organizers, and how has the relationship of today's Jewish community to labor shifted? Highlighting local labor organizing efforts, Rebecca Waxman will share her two-year campaign to unionize the 500 employees at the Hilton Hotel. What is the labor movement asking of the Jewish community now?

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Alysse Fuchs

Alysse Fuchs moved to New Orleans to participate in Avodah’s Jewish Service Corps as a corps member in 2013-2014, and she has been here ever since. After working as a religious school teacher, waitress, and babysitter, Alysse returned to Avodah in 2016 and is currently the Program... Read More →
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Rebecca Waxman

Rebecca Waxman, a St. Louis native, moved to New Orleans in 2008 to participate in Avodah’s Jewish Service Corps. She then spent five years as a mental health and housing case manager before joining the staff of Hilton New Orleans Riverside hotel as a barista. In December 2016... Read More →

Sunday March 18, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Older Adult Lounge, JCC