ADATH'S ANTIRACISM COMMITTEE
Creating Cultural Change Around Racism
Adath’s Antiracism Committee formed in Summer 2020 as part of the Keruv Committee. Keruv historically identifies and addresses the ways in which members of our community have felt marginalized, and how to thoughtfully respond to those concerns.
We formed Adath's Antiracism Committee in response to the murder of George Floyd and the protests that followed, as well as to our Board of Trustees’ unanimous support for a national Jewish statement to say Black Lives Matter.
Our congregation is centered around the pillars of Torah (lifelong learning), Avodah (prayer), and Gemilut Hasadim (acts of kindness). Those pillars do not endure without introspection continually, but particularly as we prepare for the High Holy Days. Systemic racism is difficult to change and requires an intentional engagement by each of us. As Jews, we are acutely aware of how policy and practice were used historically to discriminate against us, and that as a community we remain vigilant about rooting out antisemitism. Antiracism requires the same thing--an intentional, regular effort to make sure old policy and practice used to create inequalities are not allowed to remain and that new ones are not allowed to be created. .
We have created this Antiracism Committee page in order to provide resources to assist you. More will be added over time. They will include books, documentaries, articles and information about upcoming events and opportunities to get involved with actions we are taking. You can also reach out to us with questions, requests or suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting one of our co-chairs: Sharon Garber, email@example.com or Dudley Deshommes-Kohls, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adath’s Antiracism Committee
Dudley Deshommes-Kohls, Co-Chair
Sharon Garber, Co-Chair
Rabbi Harold Kravitz
Rabbi Aaron Weininger
Original broadcast: Monday, September 28 - Yom Kippur
5:10 p.m. Central:
Feeling Safe and Welcome at Adath: Security and Antiracism
Adath Jeshurun Congregation's Yom Kippur Forum this year featured
a panel discussion of such questions as:
Riv-Ellen Prell, Prof. Emerita, Dept of American Studies, U of MN, Moderator.
Dudley Deshommes-Kohls, Co-Chair Adath's Antiracism Committee
Rafi Forbush, Teacher at Heilicher Jewish Day School and Youth Director at Beth Jacob
Dan Plekkenpol, Director of Community Security, JCRC Minnesota and the Dakotas
Rabbi Harold Kravitz, Max Newman Family Chair in Rabbinics
The 50-minute Yom Kippur Forum can now be watched here: https://youtu.be/m9iCeJIe0pUby
Adath Jeshurun Congregation Antiracism Committee
JCRC of Minnesota and the Dakotas
Jewish Community Action
Teshuvah, Racial Justice and Inclusion – Listening to Black Jewish Voices (go to 1:35 for recording)
Facilitated by Adath member Sheree Curry, with Dr. Michelle Kuhl, Dr. Lewis Gordon and Robin Washington. Was livestreamed on Sept. 12.
An opportunity to witness the many perspectives and experiences of our Black and Jewish sisters and brothers at this time of internal and external reckoning. A round table discussion about antiracism in the wake of George Floyd’s (z’l) murder, with voices from Adath Jeshurun Congregation (MN) and beyond.
Watch recording at time stamp 1:35
Rabbi Kravitz Yom Kippur Sermon on Antiracism
Monday, September 28 2020
Watch Recording (1:46:23) | Read Sermon
Read Rabbi Jacob Blumenthal's September 2, 2020 blog post here.
Thursday, September 10
#BlackJewishUnity Campus Convo on Instagram Live
10:30 a.m. Eastern, 9:30 a.m. Central,
8:30 a.m. Mountain, 7:30 a.m. Pacific
As part of AJC’s #BlackJewishUnity week, this Campus Convo will focus on elevating the voices of Jewish students of color including what steps the Jewish community can take to tackle the complexities of racism within our own spaces. Tune in live on AJC’s Instagram @ajc.global. Powered by AJC’s Campus Affairs team - a division of AJC’s Young Leadership Department.
Featuring: Ari Hawkins, NYU Abu Dhabi
Thursday, September 10
12:00 p.m. Eastern, 11:00 a.m. Central,
10:00 a.m. Mountain, 9:00 a.m. Pacific
#BlackJewishUnity and Faith: Is the Spirit of King and Heschel Still Alive?
Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, Senior Rabbi, Central Synagogue
Bishop Kenneth Ulmer, Senior Pastor, Faithful Central Bible Church
Moderated by Rabbi Noam Marans, AJC Director, Interreligious and Intergroup Relations
Opening Remarks by:
Representative James Clyburn, Majority Whip; Chairman, Democratic Faith Working Group
Thursday, September 10
Instagram Live: The Future of #BlackJewishUnity
6:00 p.m. Eastern, 5:00 p.m. Central,
4:00 p.m. Mountain, 3:00 p.m. Pacific
Join AJC for a special conversation about the shared and differing challenges facing the Black community and Jewish community in this moment. As part of #BlackJewishUnity week, this conversation will explore what young leaders can do today to continue the legacy of Black-Jewish relations, embrace allyship, and support one another in our communities. Tune in live on Instagram via @ajc.global and @NatUrbanLeague. Powered by AJC’s Young Leadership Department
Antonesia “Toni” Wiley, National Urban League Director of Advocacy
Belle Yoeli, AJC Chief of Staff and Chief Innovation Officer
ARTICLES, ESSAYS & WEBSITES
Resources: High School Youth and Up
Resources for Younger Families