January 22 – Guest Preacher Rabbi Alissa Wise

St. John’s welcomes guest preacher for January 22, Rabbi Alissa Wise. She is the Director of Campaigns at the Jewish Voice for Peace. Rabbi Alissa Wise has been an activist for justice in Israel/Palestine for over a decade in New York City with Jews Against the Occupation, on the West Bank with the International Women’s Peace Service, and most recently as the founding co-chair of the JVP Rabbinical Council. Before training for the rabbinate, Alissa worked as a tenant organizer with the Fifth Avenue Committee in Brooklyn and was a participant in AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps. As a rabbinical student, Alissa was the Education Director at Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ) in New York City. Alissa graduated from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia in 2009 where she received the Rabbinical Student Association’s Tikkun Olam Award for her work with Palestinian communities.

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