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Prominent rabbi to speak on social justice and economic crisis



Rabbi Jill Jacobs will present the lecture "Pursuing Social Justice in a Time of Economic Crisis" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, in the Quadrangle Building's Alumni Lounge at St. John's University. The lecture is sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, and is free and open to the public.

"In the midst of the current economic crisis, people of all faiths are looking to religion for solace and guidance in moving forward to create a more just and sustainable American society," said Jacobs of her lecture. "Drawing on Jewish wisdom and focusing on contemporary policy debates, I will explore how we may ethically respond to some of today's most vexing social and economic issues."

Jacobs is the director of Ma'aseh: The Center for Jewish Social Justice Education and the author of There Shall be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice through Jewish Law and Tradition (Jewish Lights, 2009). She has served as rabbi-in-residence of Jewish Funds for Justice and as director of outreach and education for the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs.

A leading expert on Judaism and social justice, Jacobs has articles published in more than two dozen books, journals and magazines. She has been named to The Jewish Daily Forward's list of 50 influential American Jews (2006 and 2008), to The Jewish Week's first list of "36 under 36" (2008), and to Newsweek's list of the 50 most influential rabbis in America (2009 and 2010).