Bet Torah Racial Justice Committee, the Westchester Jewish Council and AJC Westchester/Fairfield “Shared Legacies” Community Virtual Panel Discussion

January 19, 2021, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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“Shared Legacies” Community Panel Discussion

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This program will be moderated by Rev. Doris Dalton, Chair, Westchester County Human Rights Commission

Rev. Doris K. Dalton is the Director of Leadership Development and Intercultural Competency for the New York Conference of the United Methodist Church. She previously served her community as the Executive Director of the Westchester Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence, where she focused on public education, advocacy and community-building to advance racial equity. She believes in the power of love to break down barriers and build bridges of possibility. Her life’s mission statement is “Extending the Table of Love so All May Eat and Be Full.” She believes our greatest work together is to establish Beloved Communities that create space for all of us to transform from strangers into friends. A strong, beloved community will be able to effectively address the materialism, militarism and racism that Dr. King spoke about at Riverside Church so long ago (“Beyond Vietnam”, 1967).

Doris serves her community as the Chair of the Westchester County Human Rights Commission, and as a member of local interfaith and community groups. She is an alumna of the Christian Leadership Initiative, a partnership program of the American Jewish Committee and the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. She has 20 years of experience in non-profit and faith-based organizations serving God’s people, particularly those who are the least, the last and the lost. Doris is married to her best friend, Tim. They have two amazing children, Evie and Isaac, who bring them joy and hope every day.

With Esteemed panelists:

Dr. Shari L. Rogers, Ph.D. Producer / Director
Rogers is a clinical therapist and social activist whose work encompasses movie production, writing, educational programing, curriculum development and public speaking.

Shari is the president and founder of Spill The Honey, a Michigan-based 501(c)(3) organization committed to promoting human dignity as well as advancing public knowledge of the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement. Through programs, sponsored initiatives, and strategic partnerships, Spill the Honey advances cultural tolerance, draws attention to contemporary injustices, and encourages young people to become compassionate, global citizens. Shared Legacies is her first film.

Tiffany S.W. Hamilton is Managing Director of Transformational Solutions Workgroup and inaugural Chief Diversity Officer of Pace University. Most recently, she was the inaugural Chief Diversity Officer of Westchester Community College. While there, Tiffany developed and executed on a plan that leveraged data analysis to discern and address equity gaps in student achievement, refined the hiring process and implemented cultural competence programming to increase awareness of unconscious bias and provide strategies for more effective communication and engagement.

Susannah Heschel is an American scholar and the Eli M. Black Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. The author and editor of numerous books and articles, she is a Guggenheim Fellow and the recipient of numerous awards, including four honorary doctorates. She is the daughter of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel who is featured in the film.

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“Shared Legacies” is a documentary on the often-forgotten story of the coalition and friendship between the Jewish and African-American communities during the Civil Rights Movement. The crucial historical lessons of Black-Jewish cooperation are revisited and revived in this utterly fascinating, urgent call to action. The modern alliance between African-Americans and Jewish Americans dates to the NAACP founding in 1909. Since then, both groups have endured segregation and racism, from the codified bigotry of southern Jim Crow laws, to blatant bias in real estate, employment, higher education and politics. Common cause was found in the turbulent ‘60s Civil Rights era, as Jewish leaders backed Dr. King’s efforts at racial equality and harmony. Yet, the relationship has frayed in recent years, as a once mighty bond of support and respect has seemingly faded, been forgotten or ignored.

The film is directed by Shari Rogers, written by Shoshana Koper Janer and Shari Rogers (head writer) and stars William G. AndersonWilliam J. Barber II and Gina Belafonte.

Organizations may rent the film for their organization to view. To do so please contact Neil Friedman at Menemsha Films,

Each organization must purchase their own film link that can be viewed up to 200 views for a cost of $275 for a 72 hour rental period. Views over 200, the rental fee increases to $375.  This is a specially negotiated price for WJC Member Organizations.