Beyond We Shall Overcome: Jews and Social Change

Kerry Baker Class: Jews have disproportionately been among the founders and leaders of social change movements, including labor unions, socialism, feminism, civil rights and opposition to the war in Vietnam. Jews have also been disproportionately affected by social change movements, both positively and negatively, throughout our history.

What are the roots of Jewish activism? What exactly is Jewish about “tikkun olam” (repairing the world)? What is the link, if any, between Utopianism and “ikvot haMashiach” (the messianic era)? And why have Jews so often been the targets of politically destructive social change movements, such as facism, nativism and political extremism of both the right and the left? This will not be your parents’ Tikkun Leil Shavu’ot class; I’m predicting fireworks! —Rabbi Kerry Baker

Saturday, June 11th, 9:30-10:30pm, Congregation Agudas Achim Santuary, Dell Jewish Community Campus, 7300 Hart Lane, Austin 78731
Schedule for Tikkun Leil Shavu’ot

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