What’s A Nice Jewish Girl Like You Doing In A Place Like This? Jews, Prison and Spirituality

September 5, 2023, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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Join us for this Zoom presentation with Elaine Leedera sociology professor,  writer, activist, and family member to TBE.

RSVP to Liz Cohen for the Zoom link.

For the last twenty-eight years Elaine Leeder has been working in prisons, first at Elmira Correctional Facility, then San Quentin, and now in prisons all over the state of California. Her teaching, then running self-help groups and now doing Victim/Offender Dialogues, has shown her that there is redemption, remorse and contrition behind the walls. People can be transformed even in the most oppressive of circumstances.

Leeder’s presentation is a perfect way to prepare our spirits for the High Holy Days. She will discuss the Jewish values like Teshuvah, Chesed and Tikkun Olam that deeply inform her work. She will describe the forgiveness she sees in victims (or victims’ families) for some of the most horrendous of crimes like murder, kidnapping, rape and robbery. Her presentation will focus on real situations that will inspire and touch you and you in profound ways. Her own growth has been deeply informed by these powerful stories.

And she will connect with our TBE community, as she prepares to join us in worship for her granddaughter’s Bat Mitzvah the following weekend!  Don’t miss this opportunity.