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Lecture to spotlight modern-day slavery

Human rights advocate and author Rabbi Jill Jacobs will speak at Temple Beth-El, 400 S. Pasadena Ave, in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, May 21 at 7 p.m.

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. It is free and open to the public.

Often referred to as a “social justice guru,” Rabbi Jacobs will discuss modernday slavery and human trafficking, practices that are thriving not only in far off locales but also in Florida, including communities in and near the Tampa Bay area.

Rabbi Jacobs also will discuss actions being taken to free the modern victims of human bondage. Rabbi Jacobs is executive director of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, a human rights organization of rabbis from all streams of Judaism. Besides serving as a leading Jewish voice against human trafficking, T’ruah’s focus includes issues in the U.S. such as Islamophobia and in Israel treatment of residents in the Palestinian Territories, African immigrants and the Beudoin community.

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