We Care About Racial Justice
Temple Beth Am is committed to the fight for racial justice and we know that a big part of that is educating ourselves about these issues.
Throughout the month of July, we will provide opportunities to enter the dialogue, and to examine the history of racism in the United States, our connection to anti-racism as Jews, and how we can be better allies in our own community. We hope you will join us in this sacred work.
Wednesday, July 8th, 7:00 pm
Congregational Read and Movie Watch
Join Beth Am for a conversation about Michelle Alexander's book The New Jim Crow and/or the film 13th. These works uncover how our justice system was built on racist policy that continues to affect black, brown and poor communities. We will see how those policies and ideas contribute today to racist outcomes in the police force, vigilante justice and the justice system. Please watch the film and/or read the book prior to the discussion.
Special Guest Reviewer: Lester Spence, Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, specializes in the study of black, racial and urban politics in the wake of the neoliberal turn. An award-winning scholar — in 2013, he received the W.E.B. DuBois Distinguished Book Award for his book, Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics — and teacher, he is currently at work on two book-length projects examining the contemporary AIDS crisis in black communities, and the growing role of police in major American cities.
Wednesday, July 15th, 7:00 pm
Stepping into this Moment: Vulnerability and Privilege as White American Jews
We welcome Dr. Karla Goldman, professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, who has expertise on the history of the American Jewish experience, with special attention to the history of American Jewish communities and the evolving roles and contributions of American Jewish women. We will discuss our vulnerability as Jews as well as our privilege as white Jews, and how understanding that balance can help us to be better allies. This will give us an appreciation for the civil rights work that the Jewish community has been a part of historically, but also understand that there is so much work to be done now. One of our core questions: how do Jews fit in to the fight for racial justice, and how has that question shifted from the 60s to now?
Wednesday, July 22nd, 7:00 pm
Jews of Color: Black and Jewish. Affirming who we are.
A panel on the intersectionality and the unique and, too often, ignored perspectives of the Black and Jewish communities. We will hear from Temple Beth Am Day School parent Jena Saul and Temple Beth Am member Tim Kirby on their personal experiences, as well as David A. Love, columnist, journalist, professor and Executive Editor of BlackCommentator.com, who has been featured on CNN, NBC, Al Jazeera English, Atlanta Black Star, The Guardian and many more outlets.
Support Black-owned businesses!
We ask our congregants to each take a pledge to do one thing to fight the virus of racism within ourselves, our community and our country. Will you take the pledge?
You do not need to wait to act.
While we will continue to research, build coalitions and relationships that will further our impact as an ally, we cannot wait to act. We also know that many in our synagogue community are searching for ways to respond right now.
Supporting Black-owned businesses (B.O.B.) is a way for non-black people to show true alliance rather than just saying they support Black Lives Matter or another movement. It's important for us, as allies, to support the communities in which the injustices we are fighting occur.
Ways to support the business include:
Buying from them, rating them highly in reviews and spreading the word!
Here are a few links to B.O.B.s in Miami, online and even an app you can download!
Temple Beth Am will continue to research, build coalitions and relationships that will further our impact as an ally. We cannot wait to act. We also know that many in our synagogue community are searching for ways to respond right now.