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Chizuk Amuno Congregation

Social Justice Advocacy

Want to be involved? Please contact Andy Miller (ajmiller04@gmail.com). 

 


Past Social Justice Advocacy Events:

Jews of Color, Jewish Institutions, and Jewish Community in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter

Join Chizuk Amuno Congregation, the Jewish Museum of Maryland and a variety of speakers from rabbis to researchers to activists as we share, explore, and engage with the ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity of Jewish identity and experience. In the present moment of growing awareness about the need for dramatic change in response to structural racism in our society, the importance of many perspectives and voices is unparalleled.

Making Commitments: The Path Forward

February 28, 2021 at 4:00pm EST
Speakers: Lindsey Newman in conversation with Dr. Andrew J. Miller
Recording coming soon!

Join Director of Community Engagement for Be’chol Lashon Lindsey Newman and Dr. Andrew Miller for an examination of “Not Free to Desist,” an open letter published on June 12, 2020 calling the American Jewish community to “not sit idly by when we see injustice before us.”


PAST SESSIONS:

We are the Other and the Other is Us: Jewish Texts and the Boundaries Between Us
February 21, 2021
Speaker: Rabbi Deborah Wechsler
Recording coming soon!

Join Rabbi Debi Wechsler of Chizuk Amuno Congregation as we examine Jewish texts that provide insight and illuminate issues at the heart of our series such as identity, otherness, inclusivity and privilege.

Beyond Books: Raising an Anti-Racist Child
View the recorded session here.
January 31, 2021
Speakers: Imani Chapman in conversation with Rabbi Jessy Dressin

Presented in partnership with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture

Join consultant and leadership coach Imani Chapman as she dives into the challenges and opportunities of raising an anti-racist child, from refining our own analysis of race to understanding the intersections between race and child-development.

Expanding Frameworks: Black Lives Matter, Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism
View the recorded session here.
January 14, 2021
Speakers: Dr. Marc Dollinger in conversation with Tracie Guy-Decker

Join Dr. Marc Dollinger and Tracie Guy-Decker for a candid discussion of the tensions at play between the Black Lives Matter movement and the Jewish community, the forces of structural and systemic racism that exist and the connection between white nationalism and racism and antisemitism.

Reclaiming Jewish Heritage: Latinos, B’nai Anusim & Other Seekers
View the recorded session here.
December 20, 2020
Speaker: Rabbi Juan Mejia in conversation with Abram Kronsberg

Join Be’chol Lashon Rabbi-in-Residence Juan Mejia and Abram Kronsberg for a look at the complex journeys some have made to reclaim their Jewish heritage and the support and challenges they have met along the way.

We Count: Why Numbers Matter in Our Communities
View the recorded session here.

December 6 at 7 p.m.
Speakers: Ari Y. Kelman and Aaron J. Hahn Tapper in conversation with Abram J. Kronsberg
Join professors Ari Kelman and Aaron J. Hahn Tapper for a discussion of the importance and challenges inherent in population studies of Jewish communities, particularly for Jews of color.
 

Who Belongs: Racial Profiling in the Synagogue
View the recorded session here.
November 22, 2020 at 4:30pm EST
Speaker: Dr. Harriette Wimms in conversation with Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg

Presented in partnership with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture

Join clinical psychologist Dr. Harriette Wimms and Chizuk Amuno Congregation Senior Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg as they explore the often fraught experiences of Jews of Color and what it means to be seen as “other” even in one’s own community.


The Consequences of Acceptance: From the “Jewish Race” to White Privilege

View the recorded session here.

November 8, 2020 at 4:00pm EST
Speaker: Eric L. Goldstein in conversation with Tracie Guy-Decker

Join professor Eric Goldstein and JMM Deputy Director Tracie Guy-Decker for a journey into the past, tracing the dramatic changes in how “Jews” are viewed in America.

Who We Are: Identity and Diversity in Our Jewish Community
View the recorded session here.

October 18, 2020 
Speaker: Ginna Green in conversation with Dr. Harriette Wimms

Presented in partnership with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture

Join writer and political strategist Ginna Green and clinical psychologist Dr. Harriette Wimms as they open this important series on the diversity of Jewish identity and experience.


Resources:


Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur  – Study Session: ”Reading Book of Jonah in a World of Corona
Dr. Andrea Lieber, Professor of Religion & Asbell Chair of Judaic Studies at Dickinson College
(View the recording here)

Yom Kippur – Study Session:  ”Judaism as Anachronism: What Does it Mean to be Jewish in Times of Crisis” 
Dr. Martin Shuster, Associate Professor of Philosophy and the Professorship of Judaics and Justice at Goucher
(View the recording here)


Please read this important and timely letter that President, Stephen Pomerantz and Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg wrote to our community.
“If Not Now, When?”

 

Justice: The Ultimate Social Contract: Rabbi Gruenberg Sermon – Shabbat, August 22, 2020

 

EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE SAFELY
REQUEST YOUR BALLOT NOW – DON’T WAIT FOR THE DEADLINE
To Request Visit: https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/OnlineVoterRegistration/Application
• BE PREPARED TO PROVIDE YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE NUMBER
• AND LAST FOUR DIGITS OF YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER

If you are already a registered voter and you would prefer to mail in your application, here is a link to the PDF.

Quote from Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO, Anti-Defamation League:
Over the past few weeks the world has witnessed the horrifying acts of police brutality targeting black lives, which only underscores the insidious racism that has and continues to underpin our country’s systems and structures. And all of this has played out in the midst of a global pandemic which has disproportionately impacted communities of color. Let’s be clear: what we are now seeing isn’t actually new. It’s always existed in this country. The difference is that for many people they are seeing it for the first time or close to the first time. But what they are now witnessing is what the Black community has always known. It’s also clear that in the United States, this moment, like so many before it, demands a dedicated focus and demands undivided attention and demands real resources so that we actively address it.


Fighting Hate From Home | Fighting Racism as a Multiracial Jewish Community

A conversation with Ginna Green, Ilana Kaufman, Gamal Palmer, and Jonathan Greenblatt, sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League

Black Lives Matter: a Conversation on Being Black and Jewish at this Moment
A conversation with Ilana Kaufman and Yavilah McCoy, sponsored by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs

Why I Am a Zionist for Black Lives Matter
by Rabbi Josh Weinberg
https://urj.org/blog/2020/06/12/why-i-am-zionist-black-lives-matter

500+ Jewish Organizations and Synagogues say: Black Lives Matter
Chizuk Amuno Congregation & Schools is proud to be one of them!

https://medium.com/@jewishorgssayblacklivesmatter/jewish-organizations-and-synagogues-say-black-lives-matter-a1a0f7ea6da7

 

How Can We Win – Kimberly Jones viral video

 

I’m a black rabbi. I’ve never been in a Jewish space where I wasn’t questioned.
https://forward.com/opinion/448654/im-a-black-jew-i-have-never-been-in-a-jewish-space-where-my-jewish/

 

Richard Hudes D’var Torah from Summer Shul – June 27

 

Rabbi Wechsler’s article in JMORE – “I Can’t Breathe”

 

Rabbi Wechsler’s article in The Forward – “The return of keva”