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Consultation on Conscience 2019 Schedule and Speakers


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Sunday, May 19, 2019

10:00amSocial Justice, Progressive Politics, and Israel
How we, as Reform Jews, reclaim Zionism as a social justice cause, represent a pro-Israel stance in progressive circles, and help our constituents find ways to engage and further these discussions.

11:00am: Registration Opens

11:00am: Delegation Office Hours

1:00pm: Opening Plenary

2:30pmWorkshop Block 1

  • Beyond the Book: Moral Resistance and Spiritual Authority as a Tool for Action 
  • Called to Coalition: Working in Partnerships Across Faith, Class, and Race
  • Community Organizing 101: Introduction and Principles to Bring Your Congregation Into Action
  • Community Organizing 201: My Congregation Wants to Organize - Now What?
  • Getting Our Reform House in Order: Gender Bias, Sexual Harassment, and Pay Inequity Within Reform Institutions
  • Immigration Justice in a Time of Moral Crisis
  • Lobbying 101: Best Practices for a Memorable Visit
  • Loving the Stranger: Immigration Justice in a Time of Moral Crisis

4:15pmWorkshop Block 2

  • A Culture of Respect: Fostering Sacred and Civil Conversation within a Diverse Congregation
  • And You Shall Tell: The Power and Importance of Storytelling in Social Justice Work
  • Community Organizing 301: Building Effective Social Justice Campaigns
  • Community Organizing 301: Engaging Non-Activists 
  • Enough is Enough: The Reform Movement's Gun Violence Prevention Campaign
  • Implicit Bias is Everyone's Problem: Training Ourselves to See and Hear Past Our Biases
  • Purpose, People, Process: Exploring Different Models of Congregational Social Justice Efforts
  • Small Congregations, Big Impact: Engaging in Impactful Social Justice Work

5:30pm: Dinner on Your Own

7:15pm: Jewish Songs of Protest and Hope 
In partnership with the American Conference of Cantors (ACC)

9:00pm: Clergy Reception

9:00pm: CSA Alumni Reception


Monday, May 20, 2019

7:15am: Breakfast

7:30am: Delegation office hours

8:45am: Morning Worship       

9:45am: Morning Plenary

11:30am: Workshop Block 3

  • Communicating Social Justice: From Message to Media
  • Jews of Color: What We Experience in Mostly Ashkenazi/White Congregations
  • Leaders of Today: Teenage Leadership in your Congregation's Justice Work
  • Lobbying 201: Building Lasting Relationships with Elected Officials
  • Moral Resistance and Spiritual Authority: From Beginning to Bookshelf

1:00pm: Lunch
Assigned seating with Delegation/Congregation

2:45pm: Afternoon Plenary
Call to Action

3:45pm: Lobby Prep
Breakout into Congressional Delegation

6:00pm: Together as One: A Night of Inspiration and Celebration
Honoring Liz Dunst (ticketed)


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

7:30am: Luggage Storage opens


7:45am: Delegation office hours

9:00amMorning Plenary
Members of Congress

11:00am: Closing

11:15amDepart for Capitol Hill

12:00pm: Lunch on your own on - Capitol Hill

1:00pm: Lobby Visit 1

2:15pm: Lobby Visit 2


Plenary Speakers 

Desmond Meade is a formerly homeless returning citizen who overcame many obstacles to eventually become the current State Director for Florida Live Free Campaign, President of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC), and a graduate of Florida International University College of Law. Meade spearheaded the Second Chance Campaign, an initiative which successfully re-enfranchised 1.4 million formerly incarcerated Floridians. Desmond has testified before Congressional members and staffers and was a part of a delegation to the United Nations where he gave testimony regarding disenfranchisement in Florida.

Norma Pimentel is a Sister with the Missionaries of Jesus. As Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley for over 12 years, Sister Norma leads emergency response efforts that provide relief in times of disaster and crisis in the Valley. She was instrumental in organizing community resources to respond to the surge of Central Americans seeking asylum in the United States and setting up the Humanitarian Respite Center at the Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, Texas. These efforts captured the world’s attention, drawing news media from around the globe to the Rio Grande Valley to cover the plight of the countless and distressed refugee individuals and families.

Elias Rosenfeld is a 21-year-old Jewish student at Brandeis University. When he applied for his driving learner's permit, he discovered that, due to his mother's untimely death while on a legal L1 visa in the United States, he was considered an undocumented immigrant. After obtaining some legal protections through the DACA program, Rosenfeld graduated at the top of his class and began his studies at Brandeis. Given the cancellation of the DACA program and continued inaction on the Dream Act, Rosenfeld could be deported to a country he does not call home. He is now an active immigrant justice activist. 

Rev. Dr. Al Sharpton is founder and President of the National Action Network (NAN). NAN is a not-for-profit civil rights organization that was formed in 1991 and has over 100 chapters nationwide that includes a Washington, DC Bureau and regional offices across the US. Rev. Sharpton has been identified as one of the nation’s most renowned civil rights leaders, who was often praised by President Barack Obama as "the voice of the voiceless and a champion for the downtrodden.” Rev. Al Sharpton hosts a daily syndicated radio show and a national cable news television show on MSNBC. He is also an established author.