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Consultation on Conscience is fewer than two weeks away, and we've still got a stellar list of speakers to reveal. Today, we're announcing two outstanding special guests, one from the advocacy world and one from Congress.


Joining us on Monday, April 20th is Dr. Eboo Patel, founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based institution building the global interfaith youth movement.  Patel, who holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from...

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by Marc Rosenstein(Originally published in Galilee Diary and Ten Minutes of Torah)

The solution of mankind's most vexing problem will not be found in renouncing technical civilization, but in attaining some degree of independence of it. In regard to external gifts, to outward possessions, there is only one proper attitude - to have them and to be able to do without them. On the Sabbath we live, as it were, independent of technical civilization: we abstain primarily from any activity that aims at remaking or reshaping the things of space. Man's royal privilege to conquer...

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Only 16 days left until Consultation on Conscience! As the big event looms closer, we've got plenty of as-yet-unannounced speakers to reveal here on RACblog. Today, as a special gift to you on this Shabbat, we're announcing not one but two great Consultation speakers! Remember to register for the Consultation if you haven't yet - it's your surest way to get your Jewish Social Justice groove on. First up: Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey will join us on Monday, April 20th. Booker, a Washington, D.C. native, won a sweeping victory in the 2006...

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Consultation on Conscience, the Reform Movement's flagship social justice conference, is just 17 days away, and we've got lots of exciting speakers to unveil before then. Today, we're thrilled to announce that Congresswoman Nita Lowey of New York's 18th district will join us on Tuesday, April 21st, directly upon returning from a trip to Israel and the Middle East.

Rep. Lowey, a New York native, has been a member of the House of Representatives since 1988, making her one of the longest-serving Jewish members...

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No, this isn't an April's Fools joke! Our rollout of speakers scheduled for the 2009 Consultation on Conscience continues, and today, we're able to announce our third special guest: California's Sen. Barbara Boxer, will be joining us on Tuesday afternoon, April 21. The charismatic Sen. Boxer, who once ran on the gutsy campaign slogan "Barbara Boxer Gives a Damn!," is one of two Jewish women in the Senate (along with fellow California Senator Dianne Feinstein). Sen. Boxer has held her current seat since 1993, after spending a decade in the House of...

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