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VIRTUAL: White Folx Decentering Whiteness Affinity Group Mtg.

Thursday, March 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

VIRTUAL: White Folx Decentering Whiteness Affinity Group Mtg.
(formerly Folks with WhitePrivilege)

Please email us for the zoom link: wfdwhitenesscontact@kehillasynagogue.org

Any 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 and in the world — 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.

Penny Rosenwasser is facilitating this group with tech assistance from Leanne Grossman. (Susan Schulman has had to step down but is still active in the group.) We generally meet on Wednesday or Thursday evenings in the middle of each month.

Homework for March 16 (should take about an hour: highly encouraged, but not mandatory)

  1. How Black History Paves the Way for a Just Black Future by Sonali Kolhatkar (interview with Alicia Garza), 2/1/23, YES Magazine, (12 min.).
  2. The Meaning of African American Studies, by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, (conversation with Robin D.G. Kelley), 2/5/23, The New Yorker, (17 min.).
  3. The Killing of Tyre Nichols and the Issue of Race, by Jelani Cobb, 1/31/23, The New Yorker, (7 min.), 
  4. Racism Isn’t Always the Explanation by John McWhorter, 2/7/23, New York Times, (5 min.),  If you can’t access this, email wfdwhitenesscontact@kehillasynagogue.org to send it to you.
  5. Only in Mississippi, by Bobby Harrison and Adam Ganucheau, 2/11/23, Mississippi Today, (5 min. 
  6. Teachers Like me know what kinds of schools California considers excellent. Segregated ones. by Sarah Wheeler, 1/31/23, SF Chronicle (9 min.). Thanks to Laura for sending this.
  7. 60 Years of No Progress on Black-White Unemployment Equity, by Algernon Austin, 1/1/23, Center for Economic Policy & Research, (4 min.).


Thursday, March 16
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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