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Lisa Exler

American Jewish World Service

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Lisa Exler is a senior program officer at American Jewish World Service (AJWS) where she develops educational materials that promote the values of global citizenship in the American Jewish community. She has also taught at the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan and served as a gabbai of Kehilat Hadar. Lisa has a B.A. and an M.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University.

Whose Life Should I Save?

Ethical Dilemmas in Giving Tzedakah

Interactive, Social Justice

We are faced with numerous opportunities to help others: our friends ask us to support their participation in walkathons; organizations solicit us via mail and email; strangers on the street approach us with outstretched hands. Because we frequently make choices, often unconsciously, about whom to help, this session will help us analyze why we make the choices we do. Using this analysis and Jewish texts, we will become better able to navigate difficult moral choices about helping others.

Justice and Jewish Thought

Identity & Responsibility, Social Justice

Since 2009, scores of young Jews in NY, DC and San Francisco have participated in “Justice and Jewish Thought.” Gathering in small groups in people’s homes, they explore how various oppressions, such as race, class, gender, sexual identity, and anti-Semitism intersect with and affect our identities as Jews, Jewish practice, and social justice work. Join us for a taste of this exciting program that prompted a Jewschool blogger to declare that “the radical Jewish revolution is at hand!”

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