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.
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:
- Definitions for What Does it Mean to be Antiracist? (PDF)
- Resources for Further Learning about Racism, Race and Antiracism (PDF)
How Can I Join the Work?
- Sign up for our e-mail list, the Multiracial Sinai Update.
- Inquire about future sessions of the Building Racial Stamina in Jewish Community facilitated discussion groups
- Review the compilation of readings and videos in Being Anti-Racist: Ten Days Toward Inclusion 5781.
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.