Understanding “The Image of God”: A Candid Webinar Series on Human Dignity and Racial Justice based in the Jewish tradition.

October 22, 2020, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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The sanctity of human dignity serves as a bedrock of the Biblical and Rabbinic traditions. And yet, the cruel pervasiveness of racial injustice displays just how challenging and complicated it can be to adhere to this sacred principle.

What does it mean to act out the dictum that all humans are created “in the image of God?” How does this message apply individually, collectively, and systemically? What guidance can our heritage offer to help us navigate critical questions of contemporary racial justice? And when might this be a limiting or even damaging lens when thinking about racism?

Join Hadar and the Westchester community for a deeply important and timely webinar series on our responsibilities towards the broader world and our fellow human beings.

Webinar 1: Skin in the Game: A Conversation with Eric Ward (Oct 22)

Join as we welcome Eric Ward to lead a conversation on the intersection of anti-Semitism and white nationalism. Mr. Ward is a national expert on hate violence and brings nearly 30 years of expertise in community organizing and philanthropy to his role as the Executive Director of the Western States Center. His influential 2017 essay, Skin in the Game, has been hailed by many as prescient of the recent rise in anti-Semitic violence in the US.

Webinars 2 and 2: Three Talmudic Paradigms for Understanding Racism in the United States with Rabbi Avi Killip (Oct 29 and Nov 5)

This two-part shiur will invite participants to explore what ancient Jewish texts teach us about racism in America today. We will explore three Talmudic frameworks for understanding the role of racism in our country. Through concepts developed by our ancient rabbis, we will explore our own role and responsibility in racism today, seek tools to resist the racism that is pervasive in our culture, and ask if we have any responsibility and ability to correct for a troubled national history. All are invited to workshop these paradigms and think through how they might be useful to our current national moment, and where their application is limited or maybe even damaging.

Co-Sponsored with:

  • Bet Am Shalom
  • Beth El Synagogue Center
  • Community Synagogue of Rye
  • Congregation B’nai Israel
  • Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester
  • Congregation KTI
  • Kol Ami
  • Pelham Jewish Center
  • Temple Israel Center
  • Westchester Jewish Center
  • Westchester Reform Temple