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Jewishness, Whiteness, and Race in America

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 16 Kislev 5781

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Past Sessions
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 2 Kislev 5781 - 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 24 Cheshvan 5781 - 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 10 Cheshvan 5781 - 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

With Rabbi Toba Spitzer and Dr. Jenny Sartori.

In the wake of the murder of George Floyd and the uprising against police brutality, many American Jewish communities are grappling with what it means to become actively anti-racist. As Dorshei Tzedek takes on this challenge, this class offers an introductory exploration of the intersections of Jewish identity, antisemitism and anti-Black racism, and the American construct of “whiteness.” What does it mean to say that European Jews “became white” in the 20th century? How do we understand the intersections of the different traumas held in white, Black, and Jewish bodies? How do systemic racism and antisemitism operate in 21st century American society? What does an embrace of a multiracial Jewish reality look like? Join us for study, discussion, and personal reflection and exploration (we hope that those who participate in the class will attend all of the sessions if at all possible). 

Registration (below) is requested.

Joining Rabbi Toba in teaching this class is CDT member Jenny Sartori. Jenny has a PhD in history and taught in the Jewish Studies program at Northeastern University; she is currently Editor of the Encyclopedia of Jewish Women at the Jewish Women’s Archive and Co-Director of the Adoption & Jewish Identity Project. 

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     Meeting ID: 942 1314 7665     Passcode: 106054




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