Social Justice: The Heart of Judaism in Theory and Practice
This course will draw from text and from history to explore just how social justice work goes beyond addressing short-term needs and looks at structural causes of injustice and how these are best addressed today. Topics include issues related to poverty, immigration and environmental degradation. Students will be encouraged to dedicate class time early in their study to identify issues that are particular to their own communities and that they would like to explore in greater depth.

Day: Wednesdays, February 3 - April 7, 2021
Time: 8:00 - 9:30 pm Central, via Zoom
Number of Lessons: 10
Faculty: Ali Drumm



Ali Drumm
Ali DrummAli has served the Beth El community since August 2003, working with youth, families, and on membership and engagement initiatives. She currently serves as our Director of Informal Education, overseeing adult education, and working closely with our cultural, youth and family programming. Ali holds a BA in English Literature and Middle Eastern Affairs from the University of Miami and a master’s degree in Jewish Professional Studies at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. Ali holds the title of “Conservative Jewish Educator” (‘CJE’) through the Jewish Educators Assembly and serves on the national board. Having served on the board of the Jewish Youth Directors Association and the planning committee of the Chicago Informal Jewish Educators’ conference, and having worked in all forms of informal education from Camp Ramah to USY Pilgrimage to year-round youth work, she works to bring the energy of experiential education to her entire congregation. Ali and her husband Michael live in Highland Park, and have four children.

Assistant Director

Marcie EskinMarcie Eskin, Librarian/Informal Education Coordinator
Marcie holds an AB in government from Cornell University and a master’s degree in library and information science from Dominican University. She is a past president of the Chicago chapter of the Association of Jewish Libraries.

Advisory Board

Rolly Cohen, Betsy Katz, Rod Slutzky, Sandy Starkman, Merle Tovian

Sponsoring Agency

North Suburban Synagogue Beth El logoNorth Suburban Synagogue Beth El
1175 Sheridan Road
Highland Park, IL 60035

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