On Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, Reconstructing Judaism and Project Renewal came together to host the 2020 New York Day of Learning: Jewish Response to Homelessness in the New York Area at SAJ-Judaism that Stands for All. With more than 130 people in attendance, the day was full of a sense of community searching for deeper learning and action to help those among us who are homeless.
We began the day with a Keynote on “The State of Homelessness in the New York Area and a Jewish Framework for Action” from Eric Rosenbaum, President & CEO of Project Renewal and Rabbi Lina Zerbarini of Kehillath Shalom Synagogue, Cold Spring Harbor-Huntington, N.Y. Both speakers are members of the Reconstructing Judaism board of governors.
Attendees also attended breakout sessions, each led both by a Jewish leader and a professional working towards helping those who are homeless. The sessions covered
- Substance Abuse
- Mental Illness & Homelessness
- Queer Youth & Homelessness
- Racism & Homelessness
- Incarceration & Homelessness, and
- NIMBYism (Not in My Backyard) & Homelessness.
- Click here to listen to the audio from the breakout sessions.
To end the day, Project Renewal’s Executive Vice President and COO, Jody Rudin, led a panel on “Political Responses to Homelessness.” On the panel were Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Borough President, NYC Council Member Mark Levine, and NYC Council Member Helen Rosenthal.
Opening Remarks and Keynote Address
Q&A with Eric Rosenbaum, CEO of Project Renewal
Text Study with Rabbi Lina Zerbarini
Resources and Handouts