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‘Social justice guru’ rabbi to speak on modern victims of human bondage

Rabbi Jill Jacobs Rabbi Jill Jacobs Human rights advocate and author Rabbi Jill Jacobs will speak at Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, May 21 at 7 p.m. as part of the Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series.

The presentation is in partnership with the Florida Holocaust Museum’s Genocide and Human Rights Awareness initiative, and the second of a two-part “From Slavery to Freedom” program.

Often referred to as a “social justice guru,” Rabbi Jacobs will discuss modern day salary and human trafficking, practices that are thriving not just in far off locales but in Florida as well including communities in and near the Tampa Bay area. Rabbi Jacobs also will discuss actions that are being taken to free the modern victims of human bondage.

The program is free and open to the public.

Rabbi Jacobs is executive director of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, an organization of rabbis from all streams of Judaism. The organization, based in New York City, is driven by the Jewish imperative to protect the human rights of all people. Besides serving as a leading Jewish voice against human trafficking, T’ruah, focus includes issues in the U.S., such as Islamophobia, and in Israel, the treatment of residents in the Palestinian Territories, African immigrants and the Beudoin community.

Rabbi Jacobs is the author of Where Justice Dwells: A Hands-On Guide to Doing Social Justice in Your Jewish Community (2011) and There Shall Be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice through Jewish Law and Tradition (2009).

She is also wrote the teshuvah (legal position), passed by the Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards that says that Jews should pay their workers a living wage, create dignified workplaces, and hire union workers when possible.

Rabbi Jacobs has been named three times to the Forward’s list of 50 influential American Jews, to Newsweek’s list of the 50 Most Influential Rabbis in America every year since 2009, and to the Jerusalem Post’s 2013 list of “Women to Watch.” She holds rabbinic ordination and a master’s degree in Talmud from the Jewish Theological Seminary, a master’s in Urban Affairs from Hunter College, and a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University.

Temple Beth-El is located at 400 S. Pasadena Ave. in St. Petersburg.

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