Dear Kehilla community,
We are entering the next phase of the Racial Justice Initiative, now called the “Belonging and Allyship Project: Uncentering Whiteness and Building Racial Justice at Kehilla.” This is a working name, we are still trying to figure out the final form of the name and your suggestions are welcome.
This project began during the 2017 High Holidays with Rabbi Dev’s Kol Nidre sermon – “I Will Sing for People Who Might not Sing for Me” – and the responses that Dev invited. Since then a small group of Kehilla members and clergy have been growing the seeds of this endeavor. This March, we hosted an “Experts’ Circle” that centered the voices of Jews of Color in our community. You can learn more about the history of this process in Rabbi Dev’s article HERE.
We are excited to launch this next phase of the project– a collection of affinity groups led by Kehilla Members and open to the wider Kehilla community. Affinity groups will bring people together to get to know each other and to talk and think about their experiences at Kehilla regarding race and what this project might encompass.
Please fill out this one minute survey to let us know which affinity groups you are interested in joining. We imagine the affinity groups will meet several times a year as one phase of a larger long-term project to decenter whiteness and build Kehilla as a welcoming home for Jews of Color.
We invite you to reach out to others and encourage them to join us too.
Thank you for participating!
From the Coordinating Committee:
Rabbi Dev, Penny Rosenwasser, Matt Leber, Hillary Brooks, Susan Schulman, and SAM Luckey