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2021 Akselrad Lecture — Not Free to Desist: Reigniting the Jewish Commitment to Racial Justice

Beth Am Welcomes this Year’s Akselrad Lecturer Lindsey Newman, Director of Community Engagement at Be’chol Lashon

Friday, January 15

  • 5:30-6:00 PM — Pre-Service Reception in "The Foyer": All are welcome to “The Foyer,” our virtual meet-up space, for a reception with three of Rabbi Akselrad’s children, Rabbi Sandy Akselrad, Audrey Smith and Lisa Akselrad. We will share memories of Rabbi Akselrad and reflect on his work for social justice.
  • 6:15 PM— Erev Shabbat Service with Akselrad Speaker Lindsey Newman
  • 7:30 PM — Post-Service Reception in "The Foyer" and Q&A session with Lindsey Newman

The Rabbi Akselrad Lectureship Fund, created in memory of Beth Am’s beloved Rabbi Emeritus Sidney Akselrad (z”l), is dedicated to providing speakers and programs related to social justice, ethics and/or human relations. This year’s Akselrad Lecturer is Lindsey Newman, the Director of Community Engagement at Be’chol Lashon. Be’chol Lashon (“In Every Language”) is an organization that strengthens Jewish identity by raising awareness about the ethnic, racial and cultural diversity of Jewish identity and experience. Lindsey will speak during our Friday evening service on “Not Free to Desist: Reigniting the Jewish Commitment to Racial Justice.”

Prior to joining Be’chol Lashon, Lindsey worked in the fields of women’s rights advocacy and early childhood education, and has dedicated herself to inclusion and diversity in the Jewish community for over a decade. She participated in the 2016 Selah Leadership Cohort and was a 2018 Fellow of the Ruskay Institute for Jewish Professional Leadership. Lindsey received her B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. She currently splits her time between two of the best cities in the world, San Francisco and New York.

Mon, January 18 2021 5 Sh'vat 5781