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Rabbi’s Online Spring Lunch & Learn

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 15 Tammuz 5780

12:00 PM - 1:00 PMZoom
Past Sessions
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 1 Tammuz 5780 - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Zoom
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 24 Sivan 5780 - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Zoom
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 17 Sivan 5780 - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Zoom
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Civil Discourse in Turbulent Times: A Values-Based Approach

Some people claim that we are living in the most politically contentious time in recent memory. As such, there has been a sharp decline in the nature and quality of civil discourse. Some claim that we have forgotten—or neglected—proper ways to communicate with one another. We have all heard speech and seen behavior from leaders that has been disappointing and even reprehensible. Moreover, with the 2020 election approaching, there are no signs of the ugliness abating.

Judaism—and Reform Judaism, in particular—has a rich and proud history of social justice. How can we use Judaism's foundational values and experiential lessons from the past to encourage and engage in conversations about civil discourse that might help to turn the tide to a more just and kind society? How do we channel our speech and activities toward the betterment of our society and our world? And how do we model these values for others?

We will begin with an exploration of social justice in Judaism, and then move on to an examination of those age-old Jewish values with which we can frame our conversations and our actions to improve our language and build more authentic relationships with one another.



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