Jewish Cultural Celebration 2015
November 2 to 14, 2015
Jewish Cultural Celebration Keynote Speaker: Rabbi Charles Feinberg
Wednesday, November 4, 7 p.m., Lee Hall, room 411
Charles M. Feinberg has been a rabbi for 42 years. He has served as a rabbi at Congregations in Madison, Wisconsin, Poughkeepsie, NY, Vancouver, BC, and Washington, DC. Rabbi Feinberg retired from Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C. During his career, Rabbi Feinberg has been involved in different social action and social justice issues. He was a leader in the Sanctuary Movement in the 1980s. His congregation in Madison gave refuge for 18 months to a Guatemalan family of six who eventually emigrated to Canada. In Poughkeepsie, Rabbi Feinberg was active and became chair of an important social service non-profit agency called Dutchess Outreach. In Vancouver, Rabbi Feinberg became chair of the Multifaith Society. In every community, Rabbi Feinberg has been instrumental in inspiring his congregation to help the poor and homeless.
Rabbi Feinberg was the chairperson of the Social Action Committee of the Rabbinical Assembly for six years. The Rabbinical Assembly is the professional organization of the Conservative Rabbinate. Rabbi Feinberg served on the board and was co-chair of Rabbis for Human Rights and T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. Currently, Rabbi Feinberg is the executive director of Interfaith Action for Human Rights, a non-profit that educates Mid-Atlantic religious communities about human rights issues and does advocacy on the state level.For more information, please contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044.