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Social Action Shabbat: “Protecting Our Democracy”

Friday, March 31, 2023 9 Nisan 5783

7:30 PM - 9:30 PMTBE & YouTube

“Protecting Our Democracy” is the topic for this year’s Social Action Shabbat. Our speaker will be Dan Lenz (he/him), staff counsel at Law Forward in Madison. Dan will talk about what is and is not working in our democracy today, threats that he sees on the horizon, things we can look forward to, and what we can do to strengthen democracy and our political institutions in Wisconsin. 

Dan came to Law Forward in 2021 with over a decade of litigation experience. He has worked on cases involving ballot access, administrative law, and responding to sham election investigations. Dan grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, attending Oak Park Temple B’nai Abraham Zion and Habonim Dror Camp Tavor. He moved to Madison in 2003 and now calls it home, living on the East Side with his wife Lisa. In his free time, Dan volunteers for various festivals, is on the board of the SASY Neighborhood Association, bikes around town, and sees as much live music as he can. Since opening their doors in 2020, Law Forward has engaged in crucial fights for ballot access, led the fight for fair redistricting, protected separation of powers, advocated for the judiciary’s constitutional role, and convened broad coalitions to resist election subversion and ensure fair, free elections. 

Prior to services, the Social Action Committee is delighted to invite TBE members of all ages to a very special Shabbat dinner starting at 6:00 pm. The dinner will be catered by Awa Sibi, the owner of Les Delices de Awa. Learn more and register for dinner by March 16.

We look forward to spending Shabbat with those who attend in person and those who join us via livestream. 

Please review TBE’s in-person guidelines before attending this event in person.

To view this event on livestream, go to YouTube at

To follow along in Mishkan T'filah, you can obtain a print or electronic copy here.

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