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Shalom Austin Yom Limmud

A social justice-themed day of Jewish learning for all ages!

 Presented by Rapoport Center in partnership with Austin area congregations

CLICK HERE for a sneak-peak of our keynote speaker and featured presenter, Eliana Light!


Sunday, January 19 | 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM | Classes at multiple locations throughout the Austin area

Shalom Austin | "And What Does G!D Require of You? Social Justice and Our Spiritual Lives" | Eliana Light | JCC Community Hall, Room 150C
In Tanach, G!D is described as just, admonishing us to live up to that justice ourselves. But do we see G!D doing justice in the world? What does G!D’s justice have to do with our own, and how does our own understanding of G!D impact how we think about obligation and action? Together, we’ll explore these big questions and themes through text study, music, and personal reflection.

Congregation Shir Ami (Room 110) | "'I Have A Dream' Jewish Text Study" | Rabbi Rebecca Reice | Congregation Shir Ami (3315 El Salido Pkwy, Cedar Park)
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous speech of this name during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963. Prepared by D. Oetting and distributed by Douglass Archives of American Public Address, we will read that speech from a Babylonian Talmud-style page. Dr. King's text is in the middle and Jewish commentaries surround it on all sides. We will study, with this page as our guide, adding our own commentaries, memories, and hopes for the future as we go. Participants in this session will join in the conversation with Dr. King, the Hebrew Bible, and the Sages of the Mishnah, Talmud, Midrash, and even the Passover Haggadah!

12:00 - 1:00 PM | Lunch at Shalom Austin

1:00 - 1:30 PM | Eliana Light Keynote

Praying for Change - Spiritual Practices for Justice | JCC Community Hall, Stage Side
If we pray for a better world and one doesn’t materialize, what is the point of prayer, and how can it inspire us to action and change?

1:40 - 2:25 PM | Classes at Shalom Austin - Session 1

"Immigrant Justice in Texas: Local Jewish Responses" | Rabbi David Segal (Religious Action Center), PART 1 OF 2 | CAA Education Building, Library (Room 226)
Although immigration is often thought of as a federal issue, there is urgent work to be done at the state and local level as well – especially in Texas. Learn from Rabbi David Segal, Texas Lead Organizer for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, about the work being done by congregational teams in Austin and other Texas cities to protect and welcome immigrants and refugees. We will also be joined by a guest from the immigrant rights community in Austin to learn about current local action opportunities.

"Bella Abzug: Leadership, Identity, and Change" | Rabbi Amy Cohen | CAA Education Building, Room 239
Bella Abzug fought for justice and liberation, adopting a persona that helped her to achieve her goals. By exploring resources from the Jewish Women’s Archive we will hear from Bella Abzug and learn about her strategies for overcoming the disregard she experienced as a young female attorney fighting for justice.

"Contemporary Anti-Semitism" | Renee Lafair (Anti-Defamation League) | CAA Education Building, Room 229
How is today’s anti-Semitism different than it was even 5 years ago? Join us as we explore this important topic and learn how to confront it.

"X-Men: Marvel's Original Social Justice Warriors" | Paul Benjamin | CAA Education Building, Room 224
Created by Jews (Stan Lee and Jack Kirby) the X-Men have long been a metaphor for those on the fringes standing up against oppression. Come learn the many messages - and sometimes problematic history - of Marvel's greatest mutant SJWs. No mutant gene required.

"Austin Jewish Film Festival and Tikkun Olam - The Process and Impact of Film Selection on Social Justice" | David Finkel | CAA Social Hall C
Learn how AJFF finds and selects films. Experience the process as we watch a complete short film together, then discuss whether it should be selected or not, considering numerous factors, including Social Justice. Learn more about what goes on behind the scenes at this highly successful cultural arts program.

"Mobile Loaves & Fishes: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" | Bob Batlan (Mobile Loaves & Fishes) | CAA Education Building, Room 237
We’ll discuss how five clueless, priveledged area residents created a nationally respected program empowering communities into a lifestyle of service with the homeless.

"Parenting...As It Relates To Social Justice" | Lisa Gonzalez (SAFE Alliance) | CAA Education Building, Room 221
Parenting can be complicated, but fun and productive at the same time. Participants will explore how early parenting interventions build parent-child relationships that will foster social justice awareness in adulthood. We will discuss five parenting principles that assist parents in building healthy, loving, nuruturing, and productive relationships with their children.

2:30 - 3:15 PM | Classes at Shalom Austin - Session 2

"Immigrant Justice in Texas: Local Jewish Responses" | Rabbi David Segal (Religious Action Center), PART 2 OF 2 | CAA Education Building, Library (Room 226)
Although immigration is often thought of as a federal issue, there is urgent work to be done at the state and local level as well – especially in Texas. Learn from Rabbi David Segal, Texas Lead Organizer for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, about the work being done by congregational teams in Austin and other Texas cities to protect and welcome immigrants and refugees. We will also be joined by a guest from the immigrant rights community in Austin to learn about current local action opportunities.

"Home is Where the Heart Is - and What Else May Be Required" | Rabbi Gail Swedroe | CAA Education Building, Room 239
Please join Rabbi Swedroe as we explore Jewish perspectives on affordable housing and homelessness: What are our obligations to one another? What constitutes temporary housing? We'll be looking at ancient perspectives on modern issues. No prior text or Hebrew experience is required.

"Bringing the Light: Music of Hope, of Love, of Resistance" | Rabbi-Cantor Robbi Sherwin | CAA Education Building, Room 229
We live in some pretty dark and challenging times. Before the “interwebs,” streaming or Spotify, there was music on the radio and in the coffee houses that moved and inspired us to "pray with our feet." Come join award-winning songwriter, recording and touring artist, Robbi Sherwin, for a sing-a-long of new and old favorites to inspire us to take action and bring peace and energy to the year to come. Song sheets will be provided.

"Not Free to Abstain: Engaging Jewish Teens Through Social Justice" | Rabbi Steve Folberg | CAA Education Building, Room 237
Many of our Jewish teens are deeply concerned about the world that they are inheriting. From the threat of climate change to anti-Semitism to LGBTQ+ inclusion, they are fired up about Tikkun Olam. In this session, Rabbi Folberg will share some success stories about teenagers and social justice engagement

"Social Justice in the Classroom" | Rachel Stern (SPECIAL CLASS FOR TEACHERS) | JCC Community Hall, Room 150C
This session will explore the Jewish principles and practices behind teaching our children how to incorporate social justice into their lives.

"Mitzvah Knitters" | Shalom Austin Mitzvah Knitters | JCC Community Hall, Room 150D
The Shalom Austin Mitzvah Knitters give back to our community by volunteering their time and talent at the J! If you knit or crochet, or want to learn how, we have a people to help you along the way. Projects vary each season and blankets, stuffed animals, hats and scarves are given to those who are less fortunate. Come to this session to learn more!

3:30 - 4:15 PM | Eliana Light Concert

*Babystting and Youth Programming available from 1:00 - 3:15 PM*

Social justice-themed educational and fun activites for all ages!

Babysitting: CAA Education Building, Room 147

K-1: CAA Education Building, Room 145

2-5: CAA Education Building, Room 143

Middle School: CAA Education Building, Room 141