Erev Shabbat Service and 5780 Akselrad Lecture: Beth Am Welcomes Alon Shalev of AJWS | Congregation Beth Am

Erev Shabbat Service and 5780 Akselrad Lecture: Beth Am Welcomes Alon Shalev of AJWS

Beth Am welcomes Alon Shalev, Executive Director of AJWS-San Francisco (American Jewish World Service) for our 5780 Akselrad Lecture. American Jewish World Service is the leading Jewish organization working to fight poverty and pursue justice in the developing world. Through philanthropy and advocacy, AJWS responds to the most pressing issues of our time —from disasters, genocide and hunger, to the persecution of women and minorities worldwide. With Jewish values and a global reach, AJWS is making a difference in millions of lives and building a more just and equitable world.

Before joining AJWS, Mr. Shalev spent nine years as executive director of San Francisco Hillel. In his native England, he advocated for human rights and the release of Soviet Jewry. In Israel, where he lived for 20 years on Kibbutz Lotan, an environmental Reform Jewish community, Alon established First Home in the Homeland to promote the rights of and provide opportunities for Soviet Jews. He is the author of several social-justice themed novels, including The Accidental Activist and Unwanted Heroes.

Mr. Shalev will be joined by a Noah Bullock, the Executive Director of Cristosal, an AJWS grantee and non-profit working on human rights issues in El Salvador. Cristosal has long standing connections with All Saints Episcopal Church, one of Beth Am’s interfaith partners. Mr. Shalev will speak at the service. Afterwards, please plan to join members of Cristosal for questions and discussion at a festive Oneg Shabbat in the Social Hall.

*This service will be live video streamed. By entering the Sanctuary, you give Beth Am permission to record you.
**The Rabbi Akselrad Lecture series honors the memory of our beloved Rabbi Emeritus, Sidney Akselrad
(z"l), by highlighting today's leaders in the areas of social justice, ethics and human relations.

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