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Barnert Temple's Anti-Racism Campaign

 

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Welcome Words from Lisa Dugal, Anti-Racism Campaign ChairIn Late July 2020, Barnert launched its Anti-Racism Campaign. The Campaign will help us individually and collectively learn how to be comfortable with uncomfortable conversations around race, and to guide us in figuring out how to make a difference.  Our Anti-Racism Campaign includes opportunities for:

  • Education - we know this is hard to discuss even among family and friends
  • Supporting Systemic Change - we will focus this year on voting access working with the RAC and Reform Jewish Congregations across the nation, starting with a Post Card campaign (more to come over the next few weeks)
  • Engagement and Outreach - we must come together within our Barnert community and ultimately more broadly to create lasting change

Through Barnert’s Anti-Racism Campaign, our leaders and lay leaders will guide us in living the values of our sacred community.  Within the larger Social Action leadership of Marni Neuburger and Lisa Margolis, Lisa Dugal and an incredible team of Barnert members have been working to shape our Anti-Racism Campaign.  With this leadership group, we will build the familiarity, comfort, and trust we need to use our allyship and white privilege to create specific and lasting change. 

We have a long history at Barnert Temple of stepping in and standing up in support of our Black and Brown brothers and sisters.  Rabbi Emeritus Martin Freedman z”l was a Freedom Rider in the 1960’s, and spoke out passionately and compellingly against racism. This is our significant moment for amplifying issues of systemic racism, and we need to be a part of this larger moment. We can use our safe and sacred place within the Barnert community to have uncomfortable conversations.  How will we reflect upon this time looking back from the future?  Our Jewish tradition urges us ahead: though it is not our responsibility to finish the work, we must engage meaningfully and significantly wherever we can.

With gratitude for beginning this work with you,
Rabbi Rachel Steiner
Lisa Dugal, Anti-Racism Campaign Chair
Marni Neuburger, Social Action Chair


GET INVOLVED AND TAKE ACTION

Life is busy and making time to ACT can be difficult.  Here are some easy opportunities to ACT, and to learn.  Over 130 congregants have expressed an interest in our Anti-Racism Campaign/Pledge and making a difference.  Imagine if we all did just one thing.

** Even when your officials share your point of view, your voice still matters.  Take 2 minutes, and let your voice be heard.

 

UPTICK IN ANTISEMITIC ACTS: URGE CONGRESS TO TAKE ACTION

On Feb. 1, 2022, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner’s, Director of the RAC, issued a statement on behalf of the URJ, CCAR, and wider Reform movement in response to a recent spate of antisemitic incidents nationwide.

On Feb. 2, 2022, Rabbi Pesner hosted a conversation on the rise of hate and antisemitism across America with ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt; URJ’s Director of Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Yolanda Savage-Narva; and ADL’s Director of Jewish Outreach and Partnerships, Tema Smith.

Specific Actions You Can Take:

  • Urge your Senators to demand this ambassadorship be filled and vote immediately to confirm Dr. Deborah Lipstadt as Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism.
  • Urge your members of Congress to support the Pray Safe Act to establish a federal clearinghouse through which faith-based organizations and houses of worship can access safety measures.

 

SUPREME COURT NOMINEE: VOICE YOUR SUPPORT FOR A JUSTICE WHO CHAMPIONS REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND FREEDOM

Justice Breyer's retirement create a vacancy on the Supreme Court.  Justice Breyer has been a strong defender for reproductive freedom, and his retirement is an important opportunity for our country.  Tell President Biden to swiftly nominate a qualified candidate who will protect and defend civil and reproductive rights!

Specific Actions You Can Take:


SUPPORT THE WOMEN'S HEALTH PROTECTION ACT (WHPA)

Join with the RAC and urge your senators to support the Women’s Health Protection Act and create a federal safeguard against state regulations, restriction and bans designed to prevent access to abortions.

Specific Actions You Can Take:


DEMOCRACY IN A DAY:  SUPPORT SAME-DAY VOTER REGISTRATION

20 other states allow people to register to vote and cast a ballot on the same day.  Tell your legislators to support same-day voter registration.  NJ Same Day Voter Registration will increase voter turnout and increase the percentage of young voters, as well as Black and Latinx voters, who participate in elections. It uses existing election infrastructure, is secure and saves money.  Click here to learn more.

Specific Actions You Can Take:

  • Email Action Alerts to your Legislators Now
  • Make Calls: Follow easy to use scripts to call your state legislators. Over 200+ people already have committed to do so from 14+ congregations. Register to receive the scripts or call on your own.
  • Attend a One-Hour Virtual Lobby Meeting with Your Legislators: Watch for upcoming dates, and/or contact Janet Shapiro.
  • Join the RAC-NJ Rapid Response Team: The Rapid Response Team is a team of people who are willing to receive emails activating them to potentially take action.  For example, if NJ-RAC finds out on a Friday that our bill will be posted in committee, the members can volunteer to take action in that committee hearing.  Contact Janet Shapiro and she can connect you to the NJ RAC.
  • Write Op Eds/Letters to the Editor: Ways to get started are in the Toolkit, or email Janet Shapiro if you are interested.

BUILD BACK BETTER LEGISLATION

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed and exacerbated deep-rooted economic and racial injustices in American society. Millions of Americans experience unemployment, hunger, and housing insecurity, facing the threat of climate change devastation daily, with People of Color and marginalized communities suffering the worst consequences.

On Friday, November 19, 2021, the House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act, which would help ameliorate these issues. By investing in paid leave, public child care, health care, housing, climate, immigration, and more, the Build Back Better Act would help families across the country live with greater security and opportunity. 

Specific Actions You Can Take:

  • Email Action Alerts to your Senators (link coming soon)
    Sen. Corey Booker
    Sen. Bob Menendez
  • Make Calls to Your Senators: Call your Senators: Use the language in the letter provided by RAC (link coming soon)
    Sen. Corey Booker
    Sen. Bob Menendez
  • Write Op Eds/Letters to the Editor: Focus on newspapers that have statewide or region wide readership (e.g.The Newark Star Ledger, The Bergen Record, The Philadelphia Inquirer (which covers areas of South Jersey that are suburbs of Philly)

PAST ARC PROGRAMS

Join an ARC discussion group, become more comfortable talking about the uncomfortable, and build relationships within the Barnert community. This is your chance to engage and to explore Anti-racism in a safe and sacred space. Join us for one or all of the opportunities. All are welcome and encouraged to be part of the conversation.

WHY IS "ALL LIVES MATTER" IS NOT ENOUGH?
PART A: EXPLORING THE SCARCITY MENTALITY |
Led by Rick Greenberg, Rabbi Steiner, Marni Neuburger, and Lisa Dugal
Sunday, April 11, at 7 p.m.
A conversation about race, color and difference.
* Meeting link available the week of the program on the Virtual Community page.
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RACE, POWER & PRODUCTION | Led by Frank McMillan and Boris Franklin of NJ Together
Sunday, April 18, at 7 p.m.
Join us as Frank McMillan and Boris Franklin, of  NJ Together, weave their experiences in faith-based community organizing to connect the concepts of race and power in the US and here in NJ.  The workshop will include an overview and then discussion about people's own experiences and questions.  We will end by discussing concrete ways change can be made in our state and in local communities across NJ.  Click here for Frank McMillan and Boris Franklin's bios.
* Meeting link available the week of the program on the Virtual Community page.
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CANCELLED:  LOVE HAS NO LABELS (from the Ad Council Toolkit):  BUILDING EMPATHY & INCLUSIVITY | Led by Lisa Dugal, Marni Neuburger and Rick Greenberg
Sunday, May 23, at 7 p.m.
*Meeting link available the week of the program on the Virtual Community page.
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WHY IS "ALL LIVES MATTER" IS NOT ENOUGH?
A CONTINUATION OF THE CONVERSATION ON RACE, COLOR AND DIFFERENCE (prior attendance not necessary)|
Led by Rick Greenberg, Lisa Dugal and Marni Neuburger
Sunday, June 6, at 7 p.m.
* Meeting link available the week of the program on the Virtual Community page.
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CANCELLED:  LEGISLATIVE FORUM - KNOW YOUR LEGISLATORS
Monday, June 28, at 7 p.m.
* Meeting link available the week of the program on the Virtual Community page.


Want to Know More?

ARC Resource Guide IconOpen our Anti-Racism Campaign Resource Guide and pick something to get you started! These selections offer both educational resources and personal actions because we understand that this conversation is not just about learning.  We all have a lot of learning to do, and we have a responsibility to act. So if you haven’t already, get to it! Please note that the content to be included in our Discussion Series is highlighted throughout the Resource Guide.
 

Who is on the Barnert Anti-Racism Campaign Team?

Lisa Dugal has pulled together a diverse team of congregants and professionals who have passion and expertise in this arena.  Under the umbrella of our Social Action Committee, chaired this year by Marni Neuburger, the team includes:  Sue Klein, Lisa Summers, Rick Greenbloerg, Mike Schulties, Janet Finke, Janet Shapiro, Matt Estersohn, Liz Estersohn, Sarah Miller, Costa Rodis, Jess Layton, Jen Sauer, Suzanne Feldman, Ellen Benson, Lisa Margolis, Sara Losch, Donna Meyer, and Elizabeth Levitt Resnick.   

Want to Get Involved?

Contact us at: 

Lisa Dugal at ldugal67@gmail.com   

Marni Neuburger at marnineuburger@yahoo.com

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