An inmate with a swastika tattooed on his hand greeted us as we stepped off the bus outside the San Quentin prison. As 17 year old counselors-in-training (CITs) at UAHC Camp Swig in the summer of 1975, that experience - organized by camp staff and human rights advocates - made some of us think about the death penalty; others thought about liberty; some were inspired; still others were traumatized. We each stepped outside of our own lives that day, and in to a much larger world.
Our CIT class reunited in August 2020 and discovered that many of us felt a desire to reconnect with the inspiration camp gave us in our youth. We recalled how Camp Swig planted some seeds of understanding: the world is bigger than each of us; it is unfinished; there are people who are connected to each other and who are working to heal and repair the world. For many of us, it was at Camp Swig that Tikkun Olam (repair of the world) became more than a phrase. Our reflections led us to think about how important it is for young people to have opportunities to develop their own relationship to moral action.
That August reunion gave birth to Legacy of Tikkun, an online speakers series featuring camp alumni who can share the ways camp influenced their moral commitments and the ways those commitments are expressed in their life and career choices.
"Justice, justice shall you persue..."
Race and the Criminal Legal System
took place on May 2nd 2021
with camp alumni Judge Lisa Foster and Professor Jack Glaser.
Strategists for Empowerment and Equity
took place Sunday 11 July 2021
with camp alumni Professor Michelle Miller-Adams and Shereen Arent, Esq.
Allies and Strategists for the Oppressed
took place Sunday 29 August 2021
with camp alumni Professor Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels. and Nicle Berner.
Healthcare Pathways and Perspectives
took place Sunday 24 October 2021
with camp alumni Judy Auaerbach, Carol Gelfer, Eden Zigman and moderator Michael Newman.
with Adi Liberman, Ron Eber, Sandy Rabinowitch, and Karen Goldberg. Adi is the principal/founder of Environmental Outreach Strategies in Los Angeles, CA; Ron worked more than 30 years for the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, retiring in 2008; Sandy worked for the U.S. National Parks Service for 31 years, retiring in 2014; and Karen is assistant regional counsel in the San Francisco office of the EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency).
Sunday 12 December 2021
10A Pacific - 1P Eastern - 8P Israel