Sunday, January 11th, 2015
The 2nd Annual North American Symposium in Memory of Avi Schaefer
Featuring a conversation between Harvard Law School Professor Randall Kennedy and Hadar’s Rabbi Shai Held
Fifty years ago, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote: "Few of us seem to realize how insidious, how radical, how universal an evil racism is. Few of us realize that racism is man’s gravest threat to man, the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason, the maximum of cruelty for a minimum of thinking." America has undoubtedly come far since Heschel spoke these words, but how far? Where have we come, and where we do still need to go? Join us for a remarkable day of learning, as we explore Jewish approaches to human equality and discuss some of the most painful and pressing questions facing America.
9:30am - 10:00am
10:10am - 10:25am
Rabbi Shai Held Opening Lecture: Human Equality Between the Bible and the Streets of New York
11:10am - 12:10pm
Breakout Session #1
Rabbi Jill Jacobs - Jewish Approaches to Imprisonment and Mass Incarceration
Yavilah Mccoy - Jews of Color
Rabbi Ethan Tucker - The Role of Judges and Courts in Achieving Justice
Rabbi Susan Talve - Ferguson: A First-Hand Report
12:10pm - 12:20pm
12:25pm - 1:25pm
Breakout Session #2
Professor Randall Kennedy - Affirmative Action: Historical, Philosophical, and Legal Perspectives
Dena Weiss - The Sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Rabbi Jason Rubenstein - How Jews Pray for the Government, About it, and Against it
Rabbi David Ellenson - "A Letter from a St. Augustine Jail: A Rabbinic Response to Civil Rights."
1:30pm - 2:15pm
2:15pm - 3:30pm
Race in America: Past, Present, and Future-- Professor Randall Kennedy and Rabbi Shai Held in Conversation
Laurie and Arthur Gross-Schaefer Closing Remarks