If Not Now: Conference at University of Michigan

This Wednesday and Thursday, April 1 and 2, the University of Michigan School of Social Work will be hosting an impressive set of Jewish thinkers and activists, most of them quite progressive. It’s a conference to relaunch the university’s Jewish Communal Leadership Program, and to install professor Karla Goldman as Sol Drachler Chair of Jewish Communal Service. Some readers may know Karla from her writings and/or for her work with the Jewish Women’s Archive in Boston.

One notable feature of the conference is that it many of the folks there will be midwesterners. That’s right: there’s thriving Jewish life in what some consider flyover territory. And it’s not just in Chicago, either. The conference features Goldman, historian Deborah Dash Moore, and Clare Kinberg, editor of Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal. Some great folks will be in from the coasts too, like Ruth Messinger of AJWS and Idit Klein of Keshet.

If you’re in Ann Arbor, you should be sure to come! But if not, you can also watch it online through a live webcast. The overall conference program is here, and info on the webcast is here.