Tikkun Olam Upcoming Events

Designing the Green New Deal: A Survey of ideas for integrating Climate Action in the World Sunday, January 12, 10 AM at GJC

Presented by Sherman Aronson

The focus of this talk will be on recent proposals to create a “New Green Deal” as a way to address climate change by lowering our carbon emissions, and to provide a more secure and equitable future for Americans. Recently the design community has taken on these challenges to envision approaches and directions to pursue these goals. We will look at current and near-term ideas for ongoing research, investigation, experimentation and innovation, and maybe how to avoid making more mistakes.

The Germantown Jewish Centre Men’s Club is hosting this educational presentation by Sherman Aronson, AIA, LEED, BD+C. The talk and slideshow will recapitulate selected elements of the September 2019 day-long symposium sponsored by Penn Design and The McHarg Center, at the University of Penn. The event brought together an array of economists, historians, landscape architects, designers, social activists and academics engaged in organizing for climate education and action. The event is part of a broad environmental research initiative by The McHarg Center and the Socio-Spatial Climate Collaborative (SC2). Highlights will be lessons to be learned from the 1930s New Deal, lessons about public and private projects to revive the US economy, ways to provide environmental benefits and long-term energy infrastructure, and how to explore how these efforts to help enlighten current planners, designers and agencies to address goals of the people, the country and the design professions. The talk will avoid partisan politics and present useful information to consider in regard to climate change.

$5/brunch is included. RSVP to Dick Menin.

Ralph Granger Memorial Shabbat
“Reimagining Our Journey Toward Racial Justice”
Saturday, January 18
with Reverend Dr. Gregory Edwards

Founder and Senior Pastor of the Resurrected Life Community Church (RLCC) and President and CEO of the Resurrected Community Development Corporation (RCDC), POWER Northeast Board Member

All are invited to a Kiddush-Luncheon and afternoon program in the Marcus Auditorium following services

As Germantown Jewish Centre prepares to focus and expand our long term commitment to racial justice work, we’ve invited Rev. Edwards  to guide and inspire our work by examining how America’s long history of structural racism traps and impacts us all. Together we will experience a sample of “Courageous Conversations”, a structured process that can facilitate our work toward change.

Dr. Edwards has served on numerous local and regional boards, including POWER Northeast. He has spent the last 20 years building a racially diverse, culturally rich, community that has addressed racial, economic, and educational disparities within Allentown and throughout the greater Lehigh Valley. 

Rev. Edwards holds a doctorate from Drew University in Transformative Justice and Public Policy.  He also chosen as a post-grad to be one of 20 pastors nationwide to participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr. College of Pastoral Leadership at Morehouse College, for his exemplary leadership in advancing Martin Luther King’s Beloved Community through peace, truth, justice and nonviolent direct action.