The Jewish Social Policy Action Network (JSPAN) and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC), with the support of several local Conservative and Reform congregations, will be conducting a series of programs examining Jewish perspectives on economic inequality.
"Judaism has a great deal to teach us about a society's responsibility regarding economic justice and meeting the needs of all," said Rabbi George Stern, JSPAN's president. "We intend to better understand that tradition as well as how we reached the current situation in which there is a shrinking middle class, more real poverty among the poor, and ever increasing wealth held by 1 percent of our population."
The series will kick off with a screening of the odocumentary film Inequality For All, featuring economist Robert Reich. As the director Jacob Kornbluth has said about this film, "Every choice – from letting Reich’s humor show through to approaching interview subjects as people rather than victims – was designed to help show the argument and the economy in human terms that people could wrap their heads around."
The program is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited and reservations are requested.