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Here it is, folks! The long-awaited announcement of the lineup of speakers for the 2009 Consultation on Conscience, the Reform Movement's flagship social justice conference, held next Sunday, April 19th through Tuesday, April 21st here in Washington, D.C. The schedule is, of course, subject to change.

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

We'll kick off the Consultation with Rev. Josh DuBois, Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, who will be speaking at the Tzedek Society Dinner, open to members of the Tzedek Society... Read More

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

The ocean sounds, O Lord, the ocean sounds its thunder, the ocean sounds its pounding. Above the thunder of the mighty waters, more majestic than the breakers of the sea is the Lord, majestic, on high. -Psalm 93:3-4

Many Israelis spend Pesach in Sinai (despite both the irony of returning to Egypt for Pesach, and the government warnings of terror attacks). That's always seemed a bit extreme to us, but this year we...

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We've got three great Consultation on Conscience speakers to announce before Pesach begins. On Monday, April 20th, we'll be joined by two extraordinary activists. Marian Wright Edelman is president of the Children's Defense Fund, which she founded in 1973 to advocate for the rights of poor, minority and disabled children. The first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar, Wright...

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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...

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