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An Interactive Webinar with URJ Youth 

Teens, young adults & youth-focused Jewish professionals: Join URJ Youth for an interactive webinar in response to the recent atrocities in Charlottesville.  Learn how to respond in meaningful and impactful ways in times of hate by hearing from teens and clergy from Charlottesville, URJ Youth leaders and the Religious Action Center (RAC). This event is supported by the NFTY: The Reform Jewish Movement, The Association for Reform Educators and the Religous Action Center. 


About the Speakers


Barbara Weinstein

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Weinstein is the Religious Action Center's Associate Director. She directs legislative policy and helps guide the many aspects of the Religious Action Centers social justice work. Barbara is also the Director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, a joint body of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Union for Reform Judaism and its affiliates that seeks to apply the insights of Jewish tradition to domestic and foreign public policy issues including civil rights, economic justice, immigration, the environment, human rights, and more.



Rabbi Rachel Schmelkin

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Rabbi Schmelkin serves as the Rabbi Educator at Congregation Beth Israel of Charlottesville, VA.   She began as Rabbi Educator in the summer of 2016 after serving her serving her rabbinic internship and teaching at Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation in Reston, VA.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Jewish studies from Indiana University at Bloomington with minors in Hebrew and History.  She was ordained through Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and was a recipient of the Tisch Rabbinical Fellowship as well as the Hoffman Prize in Liturgy.






Davida Rimm-Kaufman 

Davida is an eleventh grader at Charlottesville High School and has lived in Charlottesville her entire life. Davida is the Social Action Vice President of NFTY Mid Atlantic Region (MAR) and is heavily involved in her school's technical theater program. Davida is thankful for the opportunity to speak and grateful that people are helping to care for Charlottesville in a time of need.




Michelle Shapiro Abraham



Michelle Shapiro Abraham 

Michelle Shapiro Abraham is the director of learning and innovation for the URJ Campaign for Youth Engagement, as well as a consultant for the Foundation for Jewish Camp and a clinical faculty member in Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's Executive Master of Arts in Jewish Education Program. She is a 2015 recipient of the Covenant Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.



Rabbi Liz Zeller 

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Rabbi Zeller currently serves as the Director of Learning & Innovation for NFTY - the North American Federation of Temple Youth.  Rabbi Zeller is originally from West Lafayette, Indiana and is a graduate of Hebrew Union College (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati where she was ordained in 2009. She holds a B.A. in Jewish Studies and Political Science from Indiana University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.   Liz is a product of the Reform youth movement, having spent her formative years in NFTY and then working as a TYG advisor, herself. She spent over a decade at URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI), as a camper and then as a staff and senior staff member.



Julie Silver Head Shot

Julie Silver

Julie Silver is one of the most celebrated and beloved performers in the world of contemporary Jewish music today. She tours throughout the world and has been engaging audiences with her gorgeous compositions and liturgical settings, her lyrical guitar playing, her dynamic stage presence, and her megawatt smile for over 25 years.

Julie will be teaching us her new song #be the light for justice

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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