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Tuesday, March 19 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Morning Plenary

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Remarks by participants of the Food Stamp Challenge
James K. Cummings, Chair, and Simon Greer, President, Nathan Cummings Foundation

In TED-style talks, we explore tzedakah's elemental components—righteousness and justice—from three innovative approaches to combating poverty.

The first presenter, Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, founder of Uri L’Tzedek: The Orthodox Social Justice Movement, reflects on poverty through the lens of the food-justice movement, and the many issues with ties to poverty (health, immigration, workers’ rights) that cluster within it. Our lunch today is a locally sourced, farm-to-table meal, to complement.

Steve Rothschild, founder of Twin Cities RISE!, tells the story of this remarkable workforce-development program’s success in weaving together multiple sectors to help people escape from poverty, but in finding application for its innovative methods to other issues.

Finally, Dafna Lifshitz, founder of Israel’s Appleseeds Academy, reminds us that even in the startup nation, disadvantaged communities often lack access to and training in the technology skills that are so critical for success in the 21st-century economy. We’ll close on a hopeful and positive vision of Israel that brings together volunteers, businesses, communities, and individuals from across the society to create equal opportunity and reduce social disparities.

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Dafna Lifshitz

CEO, Appleseeds Academy
Dafna Lifshitz joined Appleseeds Academy in 2004 as general counsel. Now its CEO, she grew the nonprofit into an international force, aiming to alleviate digital poverty in Israel, the Middle East (in partnership with Arab country NGOs) and seven African countries. She was named in The Marker's Top 100 Influential Israelis list of 2012. Appleseeds received the 2012 President's Award for Volunteerism in Israel, and won the first complimentary... Read More →
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Steven Rothschild

Founder, Invest in Outcomes / Twin Cities RISE!
Steve Rothschild is a social entrepreneur, businessman and author. He is the founder and board chair of Twin Cities RISE!, an anti-poverty program for adults living in generational poverty. He also founded Invest in Outcomes, which developed the Human Capital Performance Bond (HUCAP), a new financial instrument to fund human services being piloted in Minnesota. Steve is an Ashoka Fellow. Earlier in his career, Rothschild launched the yogurt... Read More →
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Donn Weinberg

Executive Vice President, Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
Donn Weinberg currently serves as trustee and executive vice president of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.  Earlier this year he completed a three-year term as the Foundation’s chair. He has been with the Weinberg Foundation for twenty years, serving first as corporate counsel and then becoming a trustee and vice president in 2002. He manages the Foundation’s mainland U.S. real estate portfolio, acts as primary liaison... Read More →
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Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Founder and President, Uri L'Tzedek
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz is the author of Jewish Ethics & Social Justice and was followed by a film crew for two years for the documentary The Calling. He is the founder and president of Uri L'Tzedek (The Orthodox Social Justice Movement), the founder and CEO of the Shamayim V'Aretz Institute, and is the senior rabbi at Kehilath Israel in Kansas City.

Tuesday March 19, 2013 9:00am - 10:15am
Beverly Hills Ballroom Beverly HIlton

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