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Anti-Racism Study Group (Zoom)

Past Sessions
Thursday, September 10, 2020 21 Elul 5780 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday, August 27, 2020 7 Elul 5780 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday, August 13, 2020 23 Av 5780 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday, July 30, 2020 9 Av 5780 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday, July 16, 2020 24 Tammuz 5780 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Are you thinking more deeply about race and racism in America? Are you looking to deepen your understanding and take meaningful action? 


The Beth Jacob Synagogue anti-racism study group begins Thursday July 16 at 6:30pm on Zoom… and you’re invited.

Our task: to investigate racism and anti-racism from a Jewish perspective.

Audience: While everyone is welcome, we will be focusing on self-awareness and action for white Jews.                      Structure: We will meet via Zoom every other Thursday for five sessions, concluding on September 10. We will provide study materials (reading, podcasts, and/or videos) in advance of each session.

We'll be using the Chavruta model -- exploring the study material in pairs -- so now is a great time to recruit a "study buddy.” (You each register for the course separately). If needed, we will pair you with a study partner. On the weeks when we're not meeting as a full group, the Chavruta pairs will dig into the materials together.

July 16: Overview of the course; using the Chavruta model
July 30: Jew are white, but not all Jews are white; the lived experience of Jews of Color
August 13: Snapshots: Jewish-Black relationships in America through the Civil War
August 27: Snapshots: Jewish-Black relationships in America from Reconstruction to the present
September 10: Jews are anti-racists, and Jews use the experience of antisemitism to deny or deflect racism; taking individual and collective action

Here’s a video of an interview between Michel Martin and  Robin DeAngelo, author of White Fragility, that we encourage everyone to view before the first session.

Facilitators: Darryl Bloom and Shaina Kasper, with support from Erica Zimmerman and Andy Robinson.

Tuition: Pay what you can. If you are unable to contribute, we still encourage you to participate! Whatever we raise will be shared between Beth Jacob Synagogue and an anti-racism organization to be chosen by course participants.

Questions? Email 

“You will not complete the work. Neither are you permitted to put it aside.” 
Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Ancestors)

Please register below and you will be sent the zoom invite to participate.

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