Building Racial Stamina Guided Discussion Group
Thursdays, 7:00-8:30p beginning October 7
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 racial stamina, the ability to engage in conversations and work that further racial justice. 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.
We ask that participants are able to attend each session. We will alternate between meeting at Temple Sinai and via Zoom.
In May 2021, Temple Sinai co-sponsored “Understanding Reparations: A Three Part Series”, along with the Union for Reform Judaism In partnership with Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and Temple Sinai of Washington D.C.
Below you will find links to the videos of the series, a blog post about Reparations and some wonderful resources about Reparations.
- Understanding Reparations videos
- “Resurfacing the Conversation About Reparations” by Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner and Yolanda Savage-Narva
- The URJ Resolution on the Study & Development of Reparations for Slavery and Systemic Racism in the US
- The text of the House Resolution 40
- General watching/listening/reading:
- Reparations 4 Slavery
- The “Reparations Roundtable” hosted by the American Bar Association, Civil Rights and Social Justice section
- Professor William Spriggs
- Nikole Hannah-Jones What is Owed
- Ta-Nehisi Coates Testimony on Reparations and The Case for Reparations
- Lili Sher White Jews Should Understand Why Black Americans Need Reparations Now
- Moriel Rothman-Zecher: https://religiondispatches.org/a-jewish-perspective-on-reparations/
- Aryeh Bernstein on “The Torah Case for Reparations.”- (short written version) or a podcast version from 2020
- Are Slave Reparations a Jewish Concern? An Interview with Rabbi Aryeh Bernstein – YouTube (18 minutes, 2015)
- Rabbi Seth Limmer sermon.
- Rabbi Brous sermon link includes text and video.
- Quick blurbs on Rabbi’s takes regarding reparations in Moment
- From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans Darity & Mullen
- Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Ibrahim X. Kendi
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.