Want to be a relevant Jewish Anti-Racist for 2020?
Here’s how: Talk about whiteness, privilege, antisemitism,
white nationalism and Jewish ethics with
the Jewish Bridge Project of New Mexico
Time & Date TBD –> Weekly Sessions, Starting in January 2020
Facilitated by Amelia Mae Paradise
What is this Justice Circle?
Using the Jewish values of “Tikkun Olam, Repairing The World,” and deep reflective inquiry, this project aspires to build a bridge to transformational anti-racist engagement. The Jewish Bridge Project of New Mexico offers this Jewish Study & Anti-racism Justice Circle: Awakening to Whiteness as a guided process for white Jewish people in exploring whiteness and privilege in the US today. The course facilitates a practice of undoing racism at personal, institutional, and structural levels. The curriculum focuses on teaching historical context, honoring personal (ancestral, somatic, emotional, spiritual) experience, defining common terms within the Jewish justice ethic, and exploring the interplay of antisemitism, racism, and white nationalism both within our Jewish institutions and in the U.S. at large. The Jewish Bridge Project embraces the wisdom that living in a less brutal and racist culture benefits all members of society.
Who is this class for?
This circle is designed for people who identify as Jewish and appear white. That said, others who want to explore race privilege in a Jewish context, either Jewish and not white or not Jewish and white, are welcome to apply. This course is created with specific attention to understanding antisemitism, confronting white dominance in Jewish history in the United States, and exploring what’s it like to be a Jewish person in a mostly Christian country.
Is there homework?
Yes! Before the first session, all members of the circle must watch the three-part PBS series Race: The Power of an Illusion. Each week, there will be articles to read in preparation for the week’s gathering. Some weeks, there will also be short videos, or podcasts to listen to as well.
8 x 3-hour Sessions? That seems like a lot!
It is! There is so much complexity of history, culture, and spirit in an honest exploration of racism in the United States. And there is an equally abundant landscape of complexity being Jewish in the United States. I don’t know how to make it shorter and do justice to this critically important learning. Each session will have 1) a review of readings w/dialogue of key concepts, 2) experiential and creative exercises to reflect on and engage the content for different learning styles, and 3) a relevant Jewish/Spiritual teaching to help ground the learning in ritual.
What if I can’t commit to the whole thing?
It is crucial that all members of the Jewish Justice Circle commit to all sessions. We are building a trusting space together where we can all grow honest and vulnerable to look into the hidden spaces we might not have seen before, in ourselves, and in the world in which we live. This can be a sometimes painful and disturbing process. Part of starting the course is the agreement to not turn away, to stay to completion.
So, how much does it cost?
If you are an institution or organization that would like to host the Jewish Justice Circle for your community, please contact me directly to discuss fee for service based on your institutional budget.
If you’re an individual, there is no cost for the course and anyone can attend without concern for cost. In the spirit of Tzedakah (Hebrew root for both charitable giving and justice) there will be an request at each session to make a donation to support the continuation of this work in the context of your class background and current financial position.
If you’ve read this far, and you’d like to join us: Please Fill Out This Registration Form. Space will be limited.
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