The Jewish Alliance for Law & Social Action (JALSA) invites the public to its 14th Annual Meeting, “Seeking Justice in Our Time,” on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 at Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Ave., Boston (wheelchair accessible). Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III will deliver the keynote address. A full Kosher brunch will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by Election of Officers at 11:30 a.m. JALSA will then confer its Advocate for Justice award upon David Gasson, Vice President of Boston Capital, and honor the legacy of JALSA board member Howard Leibowitz.
JALSA officers and staff include President Frank Smizik (State Rep., Brookline), Executive Director Sheila Decter, Deputy Director Cindy Rowe, Vice-President Jonathan Sclarsic, Secretary-Clerk Mary Ellen Grossman, Treasurer Zippy Ostroy, RaiseUp Coordinator Barbara Gutman, and Community Organizer Hannah Klein.
Guided by the biblical mandate to pursue justice, JALSA works to build coalitions, draft legislation, write legal briefs, and create access to policymakers. JALSA further employs community organizing and advocacy to help achieve a more just and equitable society that protects civil liberties and civil rights. Iniatives in the areas of gun violence prevention, affordable housing, criminal justice reform, increasing minimum wage, transgender rights legislation, climate change, immigration reform, earned sick time, paid family and medical leave and workplace discrimination serve to promote progressive social, economic, and environmental justice.
Guest Speaker Joseph P. Kennedy III is in his second term as the U.S. Representative for the 4th Congressional District. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer and a district attorney, and sits on the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce. During his first term, Congressman Kennedy introduced and aided passage of the Revitalize American Manufacturing (RAMI) Act, which continues to fuel innovation and new technologies in our manufacturing sector. He and his wife Lauren are the proud parents of daughter Eleanor (“Ellie”), born on Dec. 29.
As Vice President at Boston Capital, which oversees over $15 billion in real estate assets and is one of the largest apartment owners in the country, Gasson works with members of Congress, the Administration, and industry and advocacy groups, such as the Housing Advisory Group and the
Affordable Housing ACTION campaign, to further national affordable housing and tax policy objectives.
In his position as Treasurer of the Alliance for Business Leadership, Gasson helps promote socially and environmentally responsible economic practices. He also serves on the Steering Committee of the New Frontier Network at the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.
JALSA board member Howard Leibowitz, who died unexpectedly on Dec. 27, devoted his life to achieving social and economic justice for the people of Boston. Leibowitz served in the administrations of Mayor Menino and Mayor Flynn, championing neighborhood development and affordable housing programs. As the first Executive Director of the Boston Public Market Association, he established the location for the market, secured its initial funding, and co-founded the Boston Food Policy Council. Shortly before his untimely passing, Leibowitz was named the National Coordinator for State and Local Policy for Enterprise Community Partners. As Coordinator, he promoted new partnerships around the country that advance state and local housing initiatives.
Tickets are $60 (tax-deductible) and $36 for under 30. Sponsorships and Program advertisements are available. For more information, please call 617-227-3000,firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.JewishAlliance.org. JALSA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The Jewish Alliance for Law & Social Action is located at 18 Tremont Street, Suite 320, Boston, MA 02108
Event Location: Temple Israel
477 Longwood Ave, Boston, Massachusetts, 02115
$36.00 Tzedek Salon attendees and under 30
$250.00 Friend (one-line name listing and 2 tickets)
$500.00 Ally (quarter page greeting in Program Journal and 2 tickets)