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Monday, March 18 • 7:45am - 9:00am
Hosted Breakfast: The Cost of Controversy

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The world we live in has been shaped by people's movements for social change. Philanthropy—Jewish philanthropy in particular—has made a key difference on the Free Soviet Jewry and marriage equality movements, and many other causes. These movements often begin as
controversial, daring ideas: supporters have been attacked, leaders censored, and institutional roadblocks erected to slow progress. What can Jewish philanthropy do to support today's social change leaders whose ideas challenge contemporary norms? What is the Jewish funder's role in embracing daring approaches, fostering open dialogue, and discerning productive forms of
controversy from counterproductive ones? Leading voices around three hot-button topics—Israel/Palestine, climate change, and reproductive freedom—come together this morning to discuss the personal and institutional costs and benefits of controversy, and the role of funders in supporting risk-takers. Differing viewpoints from the audience are welcomed and encouraged, and together we will explore how our community experiences controversy.

Hosted by the Nathan Cummings Foundation

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Rabbi Stephanie Kolin

Co-Director, Union for Reform Judaism's Just Congregations
Rabbi Stephanie Kolin is co-director of the Union for Reform Judaism’s Just Congregations. Stephanie was ordained in 2006 from the Hebrew Union College, receiving awards in Talmud, Liturgy, Human Relations, Commentaries, Halakhic Literature, Midrash, and Bible. Upon ordination... Read More →

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Peter Beinart

Editor, Open Zion
Peter Beinart, senior political writer for The Daily Beast and editor of Open Zion, is associate professor of journalism and political science at City University of New York and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. His new book, The Crisis of Zionism, was published by Times... Read More →
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Heather Holdridge

Director of Digital Advocacy Strategy, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Heather is director of digital advocacy strategy at Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Action Fund, where she is responsible for developing and executing the advocacy and political strategies for Planned Parenthood online. In the last year, she’s run campaigns on protecting... Read More →
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Michael Shellenberger

President, Breakthrough Institute
Michael Shellenberger is president of Breakthrough Institute, a leading global think tank on energy, economic innovation, and conservation. His 2007 book, Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility, co-authored with Ted Nordhaus, was called "prescient... Read More →

Monday March 18, 2013 7:45am - 9:00am PDT
Whittier Room Beverly Hilton

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