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Chizuk Amuno Congregation

Social Justice Advocacy

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

Upcoming Social Justice Advocacy Events:

 

The Baltimore Jewish Council invites the Chizuk Amuno Social Justice Group to join us and pledge 18 days to focus on racial justice together.
Participating members of your organization will receive an email each day for 18 days, (with accommodations for Shabbat observance). Each day, an article, video, and/or reflection question will focus on an aspect or experience of race, racism, antisemitism, power, and privilege.

With a commitment of just 20 to 30 minutes a day, participants will join their community in accessing a shared set of resources and tools to begin or continue the work of pursuing justice inside and beyond the Jewish community. There will be opportunities to anonymously share reflections and insights along the way, and informal get-togethers to discuss the day’s or weeks’ resources are encouraged.

The 18-day program will kick off with a virtual convening on October 14, 2020 at 6:30 PM, with two facilitated check-in sessions in-between and wrap up with a closing session on November 2. There will also be sessions exclusively for those who identify as Jews of color, or for people of color who are not Jewish but are closely connected to the Jewish community through family or profession.

Anyone affiliated with your organization that would like to participate must also register as an individual participant and note which organization they are a member of.


Please sign up for our upcoming Baltimore Jews of Color Community Group program:

Jewish Institutions: This Is What Jewish People of Color Need You to Know

Presented by District Community Playback Theatre
November 14, 2020, 6:30-8 p.m.

Conversations about race, ethnicity, space, and belonging have become central to Jewish thought and social action as 2020 moves toward an end and the new yearof 5781 unfolds. These conversations are especially important when considering the experiences of Jews of Color within Jewish Institutions. Please join us for this special District Playback zoom performance on November 14th, 6:30-8:00 PM.

Our theme for the show is

Jewish Institutions: Here’s what Jewish People of Color Need You to Know.”

This event will NOT be recorded. Capacity is limited for this performance, so please fill out this form ASAP to reserve your spot: https://tinyurl.com/jocplayback

Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/21TDrqWTd

Tickets are free and space is limited. Please sign up today.

This program is made possible by our generous sponsors:

* Hinenu: The Baltimore Justice Shtiebl
* Baltimore Hebrew Congregation
* Chizuk Amuno Congregation
* Beth Am Synagogue
* Repair the World Baltimore
* Bolton Street Synagogue
* Beth Tfiloh Congregation
* Beth El Congregation
* The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore


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.

This multi-program series will open up conversations about who we are as Jews; how Jewish spaces and institutions need to change; and how these changes can lead us to a more robust and inclusive Jewish community.

Click on the individual titles below for more information and ticket registration. View whole series information here. 


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.


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

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 Belongs: Racial Profiling in the Synagogue

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.


We Count: Why Numbers Matter in Our Communities

December 6, 2020 at 7:00pm EST
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.


Reclaiming Jewish Heritage: Latinos, B’nai Anusim & Other Seekers

December 20, 2020 at 4:00pm EST
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.


Expanding Frameworks: Black Lives Matter, Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism

January 14, 2021 ay 7:00pm EST
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.


Beyond Books: Raising an Anti-Racist Child

January 31, 2021 at 4:00pm EST
Speakers: Imani Chapman in conversation with TBD

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.


Texts: A Class with Rabbi Deborah Wechsler

February 21, 2021 at 10:00am EST
Speaker: Rabbi Deborah Wechsler

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.


Making Commitments: The Path Forward

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

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.”

 


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”