Multiracial Sinai


Why and how Multiracial Sinai began.

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Goals & Plans

NEW: Racial Equity Project.

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Responses to recent events.

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Building Racial Stamina Guided Discussion Group

Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30p beginning May 4

Talking about race is both difficult and necessary in our Jewish community and in society. This 6-week facilitated discussion group will provide space to develop what author Robin DiAngelo calls “racial stamina,” the ability to think and talk about race effectively. Over six sessions, the group will help each person explore their own racial identity, increase awareness of the impact of race and better understand how to affirm and embrace all people at Temple Sinai.

We ask that participants are able to attend each session. Please purchase a copy of  White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo prior to the first session.

Understanding Reparations: A Three Part Series

Please join us for “Understanding Reparations: A Three Part Series”, sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism In partnership with Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and Temple Sinai of Washington D.C.

Session 1: Unpacking the Meaning
Thursday, May 6 at 8:00 pm

Presented by Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, Yolanda Savage-Narva, the Union for Reform Judaism and Professor Darin Johnson, Howard University.

Session 2: The Historical and Economic Perspective
Sunday, May 16 at 3:00 pm

Presented by Temple Sinai, Professor Richard F. America, McDonough School of Business of Georgetown University, Mr. Richard Rothstein (author of Color of Law) and Valerie Wilson, PhD, Economic Policy Institute. Moderated by Deitra Reiser, PhD, Transform for Equity.

Session 3: A Jewish Perspective for Repair
Sunday, May 23 at 3:00 pm

Presented by Temple Sinai, Rabbi Hannah Goldstein, Temple Sinai, Nkechi Taifa, Esq, Justice Roundtable, and Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism. Moderated by Deitra Reiser, PhD, Transform for Equity.

To receive information about upcoming events, sign up for our email list, Multiracial Sinai Update. To sign up, please contact Deitra Reiser and Cathy Goldwyn, co-chairs of Multiracial Sinai.

What Does it Mean to be Antiracist?

By now we have all heard the term “antiracist” but what does it mean to you and for our Temple Sinai community? The Multiracial Sinai Committee (MRS) has been working towards guiding Temple Sinai in being affirmatively antiracist since 2018. Members of MRS and other congregants gathered on November 11 in conversation about what it means to be antiracist in our own lives, and what each of us can do to advance the goal of making Temple Sinai an antiracist congregation.

Materials for review:

How Can I Join the Work?

For more information about Temple Sinai’s antiracist work with the Washington Interfaith Network, click here, and visit WIN’s website. You may also email Barbara Kraft, Temple Sinai’s outgoing WIN Core Team Chair,  or Kevin Mulshine, our incoming WIN Core Team Chair.

Resources for Action and Learning

Here are actions you can take now, including contact information. There is also a list of readings on racial justice, multiracial Jewish community, being antiracist, and talking with children about race and racism.