Westchester Jewish Center Virtual Event: Navigating Black-Jewish Conversations


March 14, 2021    
10:00 am - 11:00 am

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Westchester Jewish Center

Navigating Black-Jewish Conversations


March 14, 2021, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

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Presented by SOJAC

American Jews recall fondly our community’s role in the Civil Rights movement in the 1950’s and 1960’s and the warm relationship between the organized Black and Jewish communities at that time. At a time when racial and ethnic tensions, and hate crimes – both anti-Semitic and anti-Black – have risen to levels not seen in decades, our alliance, despite its long history, has become increasingly complex to navigate.

Following antisemitic comments by Nick Cannon and other Black celebrities, Rabbi Noam Marans AJC Director, Inter-Religious and Intergroup Relations, befriended and conducted public dialogues with Cannon, revealing both significant challenges and potential pathways forward in Black-Jewish relations. The lessons learned from that experience can illuminate our perceptions of the other within each community and how best to address them, particularly in the local context. We will discuss the hard questions, including “How do we commit Jewishly to defeating racial injustice while confronting the demonization of Israel in the Movement for Black Lives platform?”

Please let us know if you plan on joining us: sklevy8@gmail.com

Join us via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87399899135pwd=L1pSSIJjMmEwR1R2ZnUvNHNVUC9Bdz09

Meeting ID 873 9989 9135 • Password 10543