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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 Our Fall/Winter Sunday Discussion Series

On Yom Kippur morning, Rabbi Steiner encouraged us to join the conversation at Barnert about racism in the United States.

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

MLK WEEKEND PROGRAM:
JEWS AND BLACKS IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS ERA AND NOW: MIDRASH AND FACT

Saturday, January 16, at 10 a.m. (replaces Torah Study)
Explore the reality of the relationship between the Jewish and Black communities with our guest Billy Planer who takes communities on incredible Civil Rights journeys throughout the south (Barnert's was in 2014). How did Jews wrestle with the Civil Rights movement? What was the role of Judaism in the activism of young people in the 1960s? What are the implications for the streets of America today?
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ANTI-RACISM (TBD) POSTPONED
Sunday, January 24
Details coming soon.
* Meeting link available the week of the program on the Virtual Community page.
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"EVERYONE'S A LITTLE BIT RACIST"* - NOTICING OUR IMPLICIT ASSOCIATION | Led by Rick Greenberg, Mike Schulties, and Lisa Dugal
TWO DATES:
- Sunday, January 31 , at 1 p.m.

- Sunday, November 1, at 7 p.m. (Past Date)
For a nanosecond, picture a doctor. Don’t think. Is the image Male? White? Mature? Fit?  Why? Your mind is making unconscious choices based on implicit associations.  

You can discover your unconscious and conscious choices, using Harvard's 10-minute Implicit Association Test (IAT). There are 15 “tests” each focused on a different topic.  Please choose the RACE one first.  You can then take one other of your choosing.  Once you find your implicit associations, please join Rick Greenberg, along with Mike Schulties and Lisa Dugal, in a discussion of the implicit assumptions we make and how we can be more aware of how they affect our choices.

Each session is a stand-alone.  Attendance at the first date is not required to join the second date.

Take this 10 minute Harvard Implicit Association Test (IAT) prior to the program.
* Meeting link available the week of the program on the Virtual Community page.
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PAST EVENTS FROM OUR WINTER DISCUSSION SERIES

LET'S TALK ANTI-RACISM | Led by Rabbi Steiner
Sunday, November 15, at 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 6, at 7 p.m.

Anti-racism. It’s hard enough to change our thoughts and behavior, let alone our society at large.  What tools and traits can our Judaic teachings offer us as we work to combat racism in ourselves and our communities?

Join Rabbi Steiner for an ARC discussion that will be grounded in our heritage and the pragmatic as it applies to our current realities.  Each session is a stand-alone.  Attendance at the first date is not required to join the second date.
* Meeting link available the week of the program on the Virtual Community page.
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SYSTEMIC RACISM - DEBUNKING MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT REDLINING  | Led by Mike Schulties
Sunday, December 13, at 1 p.m.
“...maybe our neighborhoods are insufferably white, but that’s just the way things are here. It doesn’t mean we are racist.”
- Ron, from Adam Ruins the Suburbs
The reality is Redlining, the racist housing policy from the Jim Crow era, still affects us today.

Join Mike Schulties for a look at the disturbing history of the suburbs using humor from the Adam Ruins Everything series. Click here to watch this 6 min episode beforehand, and we will watch together during the session.

* Meeting link available the week of the program on the Virtual Community page.
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BIAS IN ENTERTAINMENT - YOUR FAVORITE CHILDREN'S STORIES | Led by Sara Losch and Jessie Losch
Sunday, December 20, at 1 p.m.
Childhood Favorites: Do they pass an Anti-Racist Test?  Dumbo and Mary Poppins.  Babar and Jungle Book.  What happens when we put our childhood favorites through an Anti-Racism lens? How do we grapple with our memories being viewed through a modern screen?  Through short clips and discussion, we’ll help each other reckon with the challenges of engaging with an often challenging past.
* Meeting link available the week of the program on the Virtual Community page.
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WHAT ARE WE REALLY SAYING?
IDIOMS: EVERYDAY SAYINGS AND THEIR LESSER-KNOWN MEANINGS | Led by Liz Estersohn

Sunday, January 3, at 1 p.m.
Hit the hay.  No one hears this expression and expects to see someone literally punching straw!  People say idiomatic expressions all the time.  Idioms by definition have meanings based on a situational, cultural understanding that turns into a standard and relatively understood meaning.  But what about the original situations that created these sayings?  While many are simply charmingly benign, based on previous normal situations (mattresses were often stuffed with straw through the 19th century), others have far more questionable origins. Does it matter where a saying come from? What do we do when we hear it used in every day situations?  What can we say instead?  Join us on Jan. 3 to discuss.
* Meeting link available the week of the program on the Virtual Community page.
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BECOMING ANTI-RACIST: EMBRACING DIFFERENCE | Led by Lisa Dugal
TWO DATES:
- Sunday, January 10, at 7 p.m.
- Sunday, October 25, at 7 p.m. (Past Date)

Do your decisions and actions align with your conscious intentions? Are your unconscious assumptions getting in the way? How would you know? Back by demand, join Lisa Dugal and explore how to become conscious of your unconscious assumptions and to align your actions and behaviors.

Each session is a stand-alone.  Attendance at the first date is not required to join the second date.
* 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 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  

Sun, February 28 2021 16 Adar 5781