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Consultation on Conscience 2019 Schedule

Consultation on Conscience May 19-21, 2019

Speakers and scheduling for the 2019 Consultation on Conscience are not yet available.

Please see below to review the 2017 schedule for a general indication of the 2019 program.  For more information on all 2017 speakers, click here

Consultation On Conscience 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

  • 11:00am  Registration opens
  • 1:00pm The Urgency of Now: Acting Together to Build the World We Want (Watch LIVE)
    • Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director, Religious Action Center
  • 2:15pm Plenary: Love Your Neighbor As Yourself: Standing Together in Challenging Times (Watch LIVE)
    • Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director, Religious Action Center
    • Ari Ne'eman, CEO, MySupport.com
    • Isabel Rose, Activist and Artist
    • Megan Black, National Clergy Organizer, PICO
    • Rabbi Rachel Timoner, Senior Rabbi, Congregation Beth Elohim, Brooklyn, NY
  • 3:30pm Workshops
    • Helping Your Congregation Take Political Action: Developing Procedure and Derech Eretz
    • Bringing a Racial Justice Campaign to Your Congregation: A Training for Beginners (101)
    • Getting it down to a T: Transgender Rights and Protections
    • Going Beyond the Proclamation: Building Serious and Sustainable Relationships with our Elected Officials
    • To Till and To Tend: Our Responsibility to Address Climate Change and Its Impact on the Most Vulnerable Communities
    • For You Were Strangers in the Land of Egypt: Responding to the Global Refugee Crisis
    • Community of Practice Gathering: Moving Justice to the Center (invitation only)
  • 4:45pm Reception for Rabbi Balfour Brickner Rabbinic Fellows and Their Delegations (invitation only)
  • 5:00pm Dinner on Your Own
  • 5:00pm Tzedek Dinner Honoring Rabbi Lynne F. Landsberg (pre-registration required)
  • 5:00pm The Lois and Richard England Rabbinic Student Seminar Dinner (invitation only)
  • 7:00pm Plenary: 
                  Honoring Rabbi Michael Namath's 100th L'Taken Social Justice Seminar
                  Combatting the Blasphemy of Bigotry: Today's Struggle for Civil and Human Rights (Watch LIVE)
    • Vanita GuptaIncoming President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights & Former Head of the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division
    • Isabel (Liz) P. Dunst, Chair of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism
  • 8:30pm Delegation Leaders Reception (invitation only)
  • 8:30pm Community of Practice Gathering: Moving Justice to the Center  (invitation only)
  • 9:00pm Creating a Mishkan Tzedek: Clergy Gathering (open to members of the clergy)

Monday, May 1, 2017

  • 7:45am Breakfast Buffet
    • General Seating and Networking Breakfast Options Available
  • 8:45am Morning Worship Experience led by  Rabbi Gayle Pomerantz and Cantor Rosalie Boxt
    • Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center
    • Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President, Union for Reform Judaism
    • Rabbi Joshua Weinberg, President, ARZA
  • 10:00am Plenary: Prayer, Participation and Public Service: Creating Meaningful Change in our Congregations, Communities and States (Watch LIVE)
    • Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Mayor of Sacramento, California
    • Governor Jack Markell, Former Governor of Delaware
    • Jennifer Brodkey Kaufman, Former Chair, Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism
  • 11:15am Workshop
    • Creating a Culture of Dialogue: Fostering Respect and Diversity in Your Congregation
    • Think Local: Advocating for Change in Your Community
    • Building Strong Social Justice Partnerships Across Lines of Race, Class and Faith
    • Using the Tools of Community Organizing to Move Your Congregation into Action for Social Justice (101)
    • Sustaining and Deepening Your Congregation's Community Organizing (201)
    • Safe Haven: Our Country and Our Congregations as Places of Welcome for Immigrants
    • Women's Empowerment and Security: Workplace Fairness, Reproductive Rights, and How They’re Connected
    • Communicating Social Justice: Social Media, Press and Narrative Building
    • When the Going Gets Tough: Deepening Racial Justice Organizing in Your Congregation (201)
  • 12:45pm You Can Take It With You! Bringing Consultation Back to your Community (Lunch program)
  • 3:00pm Plenary: Act Justly, Love Mercy - A Conversation on Rights, Race and Justice (Watch LIVE)
    • Rev. Cornell William Brooks, President, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
    • Michael Waldman, Brennan Center for Justice, New York University
    • Piper Kerman, Author and Activist, Orange Is The New Black
    • Rabbi Sharon Mars, Temple Israel, Columbus, OH
  • 4:15pm Urgency of Now Call to Action
  • 4:45pm Lobby Preparation, Issue Briefings, State and House Delegation Meetings
  • 5:15pm Major Donor Reception (invitation only)
  • 6:00pm Dinner on your own
  • 6:00pm Commission on Social Action Planning and Administration Task Force Dinner
  • 6:30pm Rabbi Balfour Brickner Rabbinic Fellows Dinner (invitation only)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

  • 6:45am  Breakfast: Grab and Go 
                  Please use this time to load or drop off your luggage at the appropriate location
  • 7:45am  Depart for Sixth & I Historic Synagogue (600 I Street NW)
  • 8:40am  Heard on the Hill: Engaging Members of Congress in the New Political Era (Watch LIVE)
  • 9:00am Plenary: Members of the 115th Congress
  • 11:15am Travel to Capitol Hill
  • 12:00pm  Lunch on the Hill with Lobby Delegations
  • 1:15pm Lobby Visit 1
  • 2:30pm Lobby Visit 2