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Restoration, Redemption, and Abolition: A Central Community Elul Conversation

Thursday, September 15, 2022 7:00–8:15 pm

In Person: Central Synagogue Pavilion

Join Kempis "Ghani" Songster and Professor Joshua Dubler for a community conversation on the ways in which the month of Elul speaks to restorative justice practices today and offers new ways to define redemption in an age of mass incarceration. This event is open to all.

Joshua Dubler is an associate professor of religion at the University of Rochester where he directs the Rochester Education Justice Initiative, which fosters higher educational opportunities for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people. Dubler is author of Down in the Chapel: Religious Life in an American Prison (FSG, 2013), and co-author of Break Every Yoke: Religion, Justice, and the Abolition of Prisons (Oxford, 2019).

Kempis “Ghani” Songster is the Healing Futures Program Director for the Youth Art and Self Empowerment Project based in Philadelphia. Ghani joined YASP after three years as Amistad Law Project's Healing Justice Organizer and host of ALP's Move It Forward podcast. He is also a founding member of Right to Redemption, the Redemption Project and the Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration (CADBI), and co-founder and director of Ubuntu Philadelphia.