Can the World be Repaired?
Can the idea of tikkun olam (‘repair the world’ in Hebrew) be taken more seriously than the over-used motto that has become tedious in the Jewish community? A panel of experts will delve into issues of social justice, poverty, violence and issues of civil society in Israel during a discussion at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center on Thursday, February 28 at 7:30pm.The panelists are Rabbi Sharon Brous, one of the leading rabbis in the country (Newsweek) and founding rabbi of IKAR, a Jewish spiritual community in Los Angeles dedicated to the pursuit of social justice; Eugene Joseph "E.J." Dionne, Jr., an American journalist, political commentator on NPR, MSNBC and PBS, and long-time op-ed columnist for The Washington Post; and Rabbi Ari Hart, co-founder of the social justice firm Uri L’Tzedek which seeks to engage the American Orthodox community in social justice. Leonard Fein will moderate the forum. The founding editor of Moment Magazine and Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger, Fein's 900+ essays, articles and columns have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The Nation and The Jewish Daily Forward.The program is part of the JCC’s Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations discussion series. Hot Buttons is a program of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts. The JCC is located at 333 Nahanton Street in Newton. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at www.bostonjcc.org/artsevents or by contacting email@example.com or 617-965-5226.