Feb 2-3, Sisterhood Shabbat Weekend with Leslie Brier, WRJ’s UN representative

February 2, Friday night is Sisterhood Shabbat. Everyone is welcome to see and hear Leslie who will be doing our D’Vor Torah

On Saturday, Feb 3, everyone from Michigan Areas and beyond are welcome to come on Saturday to meet, interact and learn from Leslie Brier, WRJ’s representative to the UN.

Schedule for Feb 3:

Note: Leslie will be talking to students in our religious school in the morning.

12:30-We are going to a Morgan & York for lunch (optional). Morgan & York is about a block from the temple.

2:00- 4:00, Leslie Brier will be speaking at TBE on her involvement with the UN, the anti-semitic/anti-Israeli issues she is seeing, the up-to-date scoop on what is happening at the UN. Leslie will talk about her work at UN in general, what she does, how and why WRJ is involved.

We planing to end this session with a letter writing project — getting actively involved. We will provide paper and envelopes, etc.

4:30 – 5:30 Session 2 will be on “Trends in WRJ”.
What is WRJ doing in North America, in Israel? What is WRJ doing for its members? What are the new initiatives that we are taking?
What are the resolutions we are passing?

5:45– Havdalah

6:30 Dinner with Leslie at Zingerman’s– we want to introduce her to THE spot in Ann Arbor and give you more time to interact with her and each other.
We are asking an $18 donation to be part of this dinner, which will go to our commitment to the YES FUND. The dinner, like the lunch at Morgan & York, is Dutch Treat.
Please RSVP to Bobbi Heilveil, bobbiheilveil@gmail.com, if you are planning on coming- to either Morgan & York and/or Zingerman’s. Bring a check to Zingerman’s for $18 made out to WTBE, with WRJ YES Fund on the memo line.

Or Make your donation to the YES fund now- $18.


Leslie’s Bio

Leslie Brier is a member of the WRJ Executive Committee and serves as the main United Nations Representative on the WRJ UN Team. She also is on the North American Advisory Board of the World Union of Progressive Judaism where she serves as an alternate United Nations Representative on the WUPJ UN Team.

As a United Nations representative, she collaborates with other Jewish Non Governmental Organizations and religious Non Governmental Organizations in order to give voice when social injustice is occurring in the world and advocates for Israel. She also is on the Commission on The Status of Women, part of UN Women, to ensure gender equality for women around the world.

Currently, she is representing WRJ in the preparatory process for the Global Compact of Migration. In 2018, all the governments of the world will meet to create an outcome document that provides safe and orderly migration. Participating in this process makes it possible for WRJ to have a voice during the preparatory process regarding migration , specifically in human trafficking – a WRJ priority issue.

As a result of her United Nations work, she serves on the National Council of Synagogues, which includes representation from the synagogue and rabbinical associations of the Conservative, Reconstructionist and Reform movements. NCS has been a significant voice and increasingly recognized in the jewish community for engagement in interfaith dialogue, collaborative social and public policy initiatives, and the advancement of intergroup relations through the sharing of the legacy of Jewish tradition.

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