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Talking to Students about the Humanitarian Crisis at the Border: A Jewish Framework for Response is a Course

Talking to Students about the Humanitarian Crisis at the Border: A Jewish Framework for Response

Ended Jun 21, 2018


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Course Description:

This timely session will offer Hillel professionals an overview of the humanitarian crisis currently occurring for children and their parents at the U.S. Southern Border, and help professionals to navigate talking about the situation with students. We will learn about Jewish frameworks for response, and how different Jewish organizations are mobilizing in support of separated families.

Course Meets:

  • Thursday June 21, 3:30 - 4:30pm EDT / 12:30 - 1:30pm PDT 

Speaker Bio:

Rabbi Salem Pearce, Director of Organizing for Truah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, received her rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College Rabbinical School in Boston, Mass. During her time there, she has served as the rabbinic intern at Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue and at the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts, and she was the Community Organizer at Temple Israel of Boston. She was also a mikveh guide at Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh and a member of the Community Hevre Kadisha of Greater Boston. She trained to be a chaplain at Bellevue Hospital in New York City and has been a student fellow with Rabbis Without Borders; American Jewish World Service’s Global Justice Fellowship for Rabbinical and Graduate Students; and T’ruah’s Rabbinical and Cantorial Summer Fellowship in Human Rights. Before going to rabbinical school, Salem lived and worked in Washington, D.C., as a fundraiser for several nonprofit organizations and volunteered for and served on the board of the DC Rape Crisis Center. A native Texan, Salem received a B.A. in Classics from the University of Texas at Austin.

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