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Folks with White Privilege Affinity Group Meeting

Thursday, November 12, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Please email Susan Schulman for the Zoom link:  susanschulman60@gmail.com

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 meet every month to work on decentering white supremacy at Kehilla and work to make Kehilla more welcoming to people of color – we share feelings, build skills, and take actions. This is part of the Belonging & Allyship Initiative.

Suggested HOMEWORK for Thursday, November 12. These are all highly recommended, since we discuss them at each session, but not mandatory. We think you’ll get more out of the meetings if you watch the videos/read the articles – no time like this present moment!

1.Webinar: Black Lives Matter: A Conversation on Being Black and Jewish in this
Moment –with Ilana Kaufman and Yavilah McCoy, July, 2020, 1 hour

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYjmq ZuO_A&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3bQrpEat4bvmGnnrqrHjcUEG_z7xAIKLabK3O0

  • Yavilah McCoy is the CEO of Dimensions Educational Consulting, which works on building multi-racial equity and community; Yavilah will be leading our Arc of Change anti-racism training at Kehilla starting January 24, 2021. Dimensions makes Black Lives Matter by investing in Jews of Color, an empowerment model: “the people who are targeted by racism have to be at the front of policy making, rather than being told to sign off on policies made in rooms without them.”
  • Ilana Kaufman is in the bay area, the Director of the Jews of Color Initiative; they work on leadership development, cohort building for JOC, research and education, racial equity and racial justice and the Jewish community: “to transform the history of who we have been told we are to who we truly are.”

Note: In mid-November we are going to be inviting folks to register for the Arc of Change training series, so listening to her here is a chance to whet your appetite!
Also, both Yavilah and Ilana talk about the necessity of policy and systems change, which Barbara Smith’s article also focused on and we discussed – and we’re guessing part of our Arc of Change work will be about policy change at Kehilla, so this could be good context-setting for that work.

2.  (Article and Video): We Jews are Not a Race’: A Rabbi of Color Speaks Personally on Yom Kippur. (18 min.) This essay is adapted from the sermon Rabbi Angela Buchdahl delivered to Manhattan’s Central Synagogue, where she has been senior rabbi since 2013. Buchdahl was the first Asian-American to be ordained as a rabbi and, before that, the first to ordained as a cantor. You can watch the sermon on video:  


3. Video: ‘Segregated By Design’, 17 min,  https://www.segregatedbydesign.com/
Excellent animated video, examines the forgotten history of how our federal, state and local governments unconstitutionally segregated every major metropolitan area in America through law and policy. Very eye-opening , about historically racist housing policies — an excellent follow up to the webinar with Ilana and Yavilah. “Decision-making is hampered when you don’t have diverse decision-making groups. Diverse groups are much better able to solve problems because they challenge assumptions much more than the segregated groups do.”

4.Video : The History of Black Voter Suppression—And the Fight for the Right to Vote,
8 min.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DKLM18zc5g
So timely…as someone mentioned in our last meeting and is reported in this short video: the average time it takes white voters to vote is 6 minutes; the average time for Black voters is 51 minutes.


Thursday, November 12, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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