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  1. Jewish Feminisms/American Visions: #MeToo Panel and Performance from Alicia Svigals Jewish Feminisms/American Visions: #MeToo Panel and Performance from Alicia Svigals »

    March 14, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm

    #MeToo Panel and Performance from Alicia Svigals

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  2. Jewish Feminisms/American Visions: Symposium Jewish Feminisms/American Visions: Symposium  »

    March 15, 2019 - 8:45am to 12:00pm


    Jewish Feminisms/American Visions will bring an array of pioneering and contemporary feminist activists to Ann Arbor to consider the role of Jewish identity in the framing and development of second wave American feminism. During this symposium, activists from the 1960s through today will explore the significance of Jewish identities in the development of the women's liberation movement and the impact of feminism on American Jewish culture, politics, and religion. In addition to conversations between veteran feminists and more recently-minted activists, the program will include a screening of the documentary Changing the World portraying the activist career of conference participant, Heather Booth, and a performance by violinist and klezmer music pioneer, Alicia Svigals.

    8:15 - 8:45 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast

    8:45 - 10:15: Feminisms/Jewish Feminisms and the Complication(s) of Israel with Marcia Freedman, Joyce Antler, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Rabbi Ayelet Cohen with Moderator Judith Rosenbaum

    10:30 -12: Contemporary Leaders Consider the Legacies of Feminism with Judith Rosenbaum, Rabbi Alana Alpert, April Baskin, Rabbi Georgette Kennebrae, Tilly Shames with Moderator Samira Mehta

    Jewish Feminisms/American Visions: Perspectives from Fifty Years of Activism Events

    Wednesday, March 13

    Screening of Heather Booth: Changing the World, and discussion with Heather Booth

    Thursday, March 14


    #MeToo Panel and Performance from Alicia Svigals

    Friday, March 15


    Sunday, March 17

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program’s Annual Communal Conversation Event: The Jewish Future is Feminist 

    Presented by the Jewish Communal Leadership Program and the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan with support from the University of Michigan Office of Research and Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

  3. Forensic Interviewing of Children »

    March 15, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This is an advanced methods mini-course focused on forensic interviewing of children. The mini-course is particularly relevant to interviewing children alleged to have been sexually abused, but also be relevant to gathering information from children about a spectrum of traumatic experiences. This mini-course will provide a critical review of the evidence/research that is relied upon in forensic interviewing of children and will provide information about best practice. The course takes a child-centered/social justice approach, will admonish professionals to take into account the child's needs, developmental stage, and functioning, as well as the specifics of the allegations, when conducting forensic interviews. This course will cover the following areas: 1) forensic versus clinical practice, 2) brief history of forensic interviewing, 3) models of assessing for child sexual abuse, 4) cultural issues that may impact abuse characteristics, reactions to abuse, and interviews with the child, 5) forensic interview structures, protocols, and guidelines, 6) controversies about appropriate questioning techniques and sequencing in a forensic interview, 7) controversies, relevant research, and best practice related to the use of media in forensic interviews, and 8) current practice regarding extended assessments in forensic work.

    Registration for this course is closed. Visit the CE Course Catalog for more offerings.

  4. Know your rights: Understanding Immigration Policies to Support Clients  »

    March 15, 2019 - 10:00am

    Join us on Wednesday March 27th from 6-9 in the School of Social Work building Room 1840 for the Know your rights: Understanding Immigration Policies to Support Clients event. This will be a panel discussion and workshop on a social workers role in supporting immigrant and refugee clients.

    Come hear from the Jewish Family Services and the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center on tangible ways to gain knowledge about immigration policy and procedures, how to implement the knowledge into your social work practice and how to best support clients.

    To attend this event please RSVP by Monday March 25th at 5pm. This event is open to the public and there are only 30 available spots. If you have further questions please feel free to email the Office of Global Activities at:

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  5. Mary Sue and Kenneth Coleman Student Global Experience Fund Spring/Summer term Application Deadline »

    March 15, 2019 (all day)

    This opportunity is being offered to students by past University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman who wanted to ensure that more students travel abroad to experience other cultures firsthand, seek solutions to world problems and learn to thrive in a dynamic global environment. To learn more about the Mary Sue and Kenneth Coleman Student Global Experience Fund click here.

  6. SSW Meeting - PRAXIS Committee: Promoting Action for Intersectional Social Justice »

    March 15, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Visit the SSW meeting calendar for full schedule information.

  7. Managerial Supervision in the Human Services »

    March 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This mini-course, offered over two days, will focus on three or four key skills in the area of Managerial Supervision in the Human Services. Day 1 begins with an introduction to Managerial Supervision and the differences between managerial supervision and clinical supervision. We also focus on the tensions between these two work modalities and the conflicts they can create. Issues of power, fatefulness, working to standard, and evaluation are considered as well. Supervisory role playing in triads, with a supervisor, a direct report, and an observer will be used. In the afternoon of Day 1, the focus will be on Supervision for Retention, especially stressing areas, such as child protective service, where the supervisor and the supervisee are involved in fateful decision making but are not geographically proximate. Day 2 will stress the effective Supervisory meeting, both dyadic and group based. The second day concludes with a discussion of decision making within the supervisory context.

    Registration for this course is closed. Visit the CE Course Catalog for more offerings.

  8. Jewish Communal Leadership Program’s Annual Communal Conversation Event: The Jewish Future is Feminist
Jewish Communal Leadership Program’s Annual Communal Conversation Event: The Jewish Future is Feminist  »

    March 17, 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

    The world is changing and so is Jewish feminism. At this critical juncture, the University of Michigan School of Social Work’s Jewish Communal Leadership Program (JCLP) has brought together three unique individuals who center feminism as a Jewish value. Join JCLP and April Baskin, Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann and Sarah Hurwitz as we relate the legacies of Jewish feminism to what it means to confront today’s opportunities and challenges. These pioneering women are bringing together traditional and innovative approaches in order to create communities that center women, Jews of Color, gender nonconforming people, and other marginalized peoples. Each build innovative Jewish communities, expand boundaries, open doors and break through ceilings.  As the Racial Justice Director for the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable, April Baskin centers voices of Jews of Color and the LGBTQIA+ community. The founder of Mishkan Chicago, Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann, redefines and revitalizes Jewish congregational life. Sarah Hurwitz, former speechwriter for Michelle and former President Barack Obama, now works to empower women and build their voices in politics and beyond. April Baskin, Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann and Sarah Hurwitz are critically thinking about the challenges facing Jewish feminism today. When united, their voices guide us in building the Jewish feminist future.

    Presented as part of the Frankel Speaker series with generous support from: Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, The Covenant Foundation, Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs, University of Michigan College of Literature Science and the Arts Women’s Studies Department, The Diversity Equity and Inclusion Office at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, The University of Michigan William Monroe Trotter Multicultural Center, The University of Michigan Hillel, The Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor, The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, Beth Israel Congregation and Robert Aronson.

    Please join JCLP on Sunday March 17, 2019 from 12-3pm at the Educational Conference Center at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Doors open at 12 pm, with light refreshments, and the program will be begin at 12:30pm.

    Watch the Event Speakers

    April N. Baskin is the principal of April N. Baskin Consulting and the Union for Reform Judaism's immediate past Vice President of Audacious Hospitality. Before founding and developing the URJ's exciting leading edge department, she happily served as the National Director of Resources and Training at InterfaithFamily. Dedicated to building a stronger, more inclusive Jewish community committed to social justice, April has spent over 15 years advocating for Jewish diversity inclusion throughout North America in a variety of ways, including facilitating LGBTQ educational trainings through Keshet and writing a thesis about the experiences and identities of Jews of Color in American Judaism. A graduate of Tufts University, she is a member of the Selah Leadership Network and an alumna of the Jewish community organizing Jeremiah Fellowship and The Schusterman Insight Fellowship for Jewish Community in Washington, DC. April is a past President of the Jewish Multiracial Network. She conducted research at the Kennedy School of Government and was an Americorps fellow for the Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston. Most recently, April has proudly served on the Leadership Team of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable since 2016.


    Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann is the founder of Mishkan, an independent, post-denominational spiritual community in Chicago whose mission is to reimagine and breathe new life into Judaism, leading people toward greater purpose, connection and inspiration. She was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, an alumnus of the Laboratory School, Stanford University and the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. She is excited to be joining this stellar panel.


    From 2009 to 2017, Sarah Hurwitz served as a White House speechwriter, first as a senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama and then as head speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama. Hurwitz worked with Mrs. Obama to craft widely-acclaimed addresses and traveled with her across America and to five continents. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Hurwitz was the chief speechwriter for Hillary Clinton. Prior to her career as a political speechwriter, Hurwitz was a lawyer at the Washington, D.C. office of WilmerHale. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and was a Spring 2017 Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

  9. New Zealand Shooting Community Gathering »

    March 18, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    A space to come together to discuss and process the New Zealand mass shooting tragedy. 

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  10. Alumni Networking Lunch: Jonathan Stern, School Social Worker at Pioneer High School »

    March 18, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm


    Come to have a free lunch, learn about an alum's exciting career and network. Jonathan Stern, a 1984 graduate of the School of Social Work, is currently working as a school social worker with the Ann Arbor Public Schools as he has for the past 24 years, the last 14 at Pioneer High School. Jonathan has worked in Child Welfare in Detroit and has done program evaluation research and has served on the Alumni Relations Committee and the Executive Committee of the Alumni Board of Governors.

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