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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
Lisa Margolis, Social Action Co-Chair
Marni Neuburger, Social Action Co-Chair


Get Started!  Join Barnert’s ARC Team for Movie, Book, and ‘No-Homework’ Discussions.

Please note these are discussions only, so be sure to watch the movies ahead of time! You can click the book titles to support their authors and small bookstores by purchasing directly from their website or through Indiebound.

UPCOMING EVENTS

BEING COLOR BRAVE: LET'S TALK ABOUT RACE (No-Homework Discussion)
(Led by Lisa Dugal and Rick Greenberg)
What does being “color brave” mean?  It means speaking openly and honestly about race, listening carefully to the experiences of others, and examining our own implicit assumptions.  Society has trained us to shy away from conversations about race.  We hope to begin undoing this process.  Join Lisa Dugal and Rick Greenberg, congregants and professionals in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, for a meaningful (and hopefully lively) discussion on becoming color brave and gaining comfort in having difficult conversations.
Two dates:
    - NEW DATE!  Wednesday, 9/9, at 9 p.m.
    - Past: Wednesday, 8/12, at 7 p.m. 
* Meeting link available the week of the program on the Virtual Community page.
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PAST EVENTS

PAST EVENT - FAMILY MOVIE: REMEMBER THE TITANS
(Led by Mike Schulties)
Saturday, 8/1, at 8 p.m. (following Havdalah)

* Meeting link available the week of the program on the Virtual Community page.

PAST EVENT - MOVIE: 13th (Available on Netflix and YouTube)
(Led by Mike Schulties)
"Ava DuVernay’s 13th is a documentary about how the Thirteenth Amendment led to mass incarceration in the United States, but it’s also a gorgeous, evocative, and maddening exploration of words: of their power, their roots, their permanence. It’s about those who wield those words and those made to kneel by them. Many Americans by now are familiar with the coded language of the country’s racial hegemony. Some shun certain words while others make anthems out of them." - excerpted from and article by Juleyka Lantigua-Williams in The Atlantic
Two dates:
- Sunday, 8/16, at 7 p.m. 
- Saturday, 8/22, 8 p.m. (following Havdalah)

* Meeting link available the week of the program on the Virtual Community page.

PAST EVENT - BOOK DISCUSSION: SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT RACE BY IJEOMA OLUO
(Led by Sara Losch)

Wednesday, 8/19, at 7 p.m.

* Meeting link available the week of the program on the Virtual Community page.

PAST EVENT - Thursday, August 20, from 12-2 p.m.
A Challah and a Mitzvah - Help Impact Voting in Communities of Color

Pick up a challah and a packet of 10 postcards to encourage voting in communities of color in the U.S.  The postcards ask active, registered voters of color to pledge to vote early and to ask five other people to do the same.  This will help voters avoid long lines on election day, reduce the risk of COVID exposure, and circumvent voter intimidation efforts.  No registration required.

PAST EVENT - BOOK DISCUSSION: AMERICANAH BY CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE 
(Led by Janet Finke)
Join Janet Finke for a discussion around different perspectives on discovering racism.  
Two dates:
- Past: Tuesday, 8/25, at 7 p.m.
- CANCELLED: Thursday, 9/3, at 7 p.m.

BEING COLOR BRAVE: LET'S TALK ABOUT RACE (No-Homework Discussion)
(Led by Lisa Dugal and Rick Greenberg)
What does being “color brave” mean?  It means speaking openly and honestly about race, listening carefully to the experiences of others, and examining our own implicit assumptions.  Society has trained us to shy away from conversations about race.  We hope to begin undoing this process.  Join Lisa Dugal and Rick Greenberg, congregants and professionals in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, for a meaningful (and hopefully lively) discussion on becoming color brave and gaining comfort in having difficult conversations.
Two dates:
    - NEW DATE!  Wednesday, 9/9, at 9 p.m.
 

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 and Lisa Margolis, 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, Sara Losch, Donna Meyer, Elizabeth Resnick.   

Want to Get Involved?

Contact us at: 

Lisa Dugal at ldugal67@gmail.com   

Marni Neuburger at marnineuburger@yahoo.com 

Lisa Margolis at lbmargolis@optonline.net  

 

Tue, September 29 2020 11 Tishrei 5781