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Any Kehilla connected folks who identify as white, we’d love to have you, whether you’ve ever been to these meetings before or not! We work on de-centering whiteness at Kehilla — so that Kehilla is a more welcoming synagogue for people of color — and on becoming more aware of our own racism in order to dismantle it. At our meetings, we share feelings, build skills through experiential exercises and discuss actions. We also discuss homework articles and videos, which are encouraged-but-not-mandatory, to sharpen our understanding and analysis. These activities help us learn, grow, and build community together, in our work to uproot white supremacy.
Below is Homework for our October 20 meeting – please try to read at least some of each piece, thanks!
Penny Rosenwasser and Susan Schulman
HOMEWORK FOR OCT. 20
This homework is slightly different from in the past, because the times call for it! We are asking you to read and listen to two in-depth and very significant resources, please consider allowing 2 hours if you can.
When you read / listen to these, please consider taking notes so that you can refer to them at our Oct. 20 meeting — since we’ll spend the bulk of the meeting discussing both of these, in small and large groups.
We also suggest you discuss these with your buddy or others. What stood out for you? What surprised you?
A) Beyond the Count: Perspectives and Lived Experiences of Jews of Color, 8/12/21, commissioned by the Jews of Color Initiative. It’s the first-ever study of this scale on Jews of Color in the United States, chock-full of valuable statistics and also personal narratives—it’s being widely covered by Jewish media and enthusiastically encouraged by the POC on our Arc of Change DEI team. It’s long, but with the stories, the reading goes fairly quickly – read as much of it as you can.
B) Audio: Robin DiAngelo | Nice Racism: How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm–In Conversation with Resmaa Menakem, bestselling author of My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, 58 min., 7/20/21
We found this tape incredibly compelling and powerful, thanks to Beth Saurhaft and Wendy Buffet for sharing it with us. Listen closely as there are many new and old ideas that come very fast. You may stop the tape to reflect on a portion that you just heard or write a note to yourself.