Workshop: Intersections of Racism and Antisemitism

Workshop on the Intersections of Racism and Antisemitism

For Jewish Activists in their 20s & 30s

Sponsored by National Coalition Building Institute and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice
Boston, MA
Led by:
Cherie R. Brown of The National Coalition Building Institute, and
Marjorie Dove Kent of Jews For Racial and Economic Justice
Hosted by:
JOIN for Justice
Date: July 24-26, 2015
Location: Tufts Hillel 220 Packard Ave, Medford, MA 02155
This program is supported in part by a Young Adult Innovation Grant from Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

This workshop is for Jewish activists who want to examine the impact that being Jewish has on their movement work. This training welcomes white Jews, Jews of color, Ashkenazi, Mizrachi, and Sephardi Jews.

Workshop Goals:
1) To look at the personal impact of anti-Semitism and internalized anti-Semitism on our movement work
2) To examine the intersections of racism and anti-Semitism and how we can build more effective coalitions
3) To explore generational differences in approaching anti-racism work and learn ways for people in their 20s and 30s to build greater unity across all ages in our movement

The workshop will involve small and large group work and include personal sharing. Come eager to share your own stories and welcome the diverse stories of others. There will be 30 participants. The workshop space is accessible.

The at-cost price of the weekend workshop (includes meals but not housing) is $250. Participants are asked to pay a sliding scale of $150-$300 depending on access to resources. We are operating on a very small budget and we encourage everyone who can to pay at least the at-cost fee. Limited scholarships are available; please inquire.
The workshop will start with candle-lighting and Shabbat dinner on Friday at 7pm and go until 10:30pm. Saturday’s session will run 9am to 10:30pm. Sunday’s session will run 9am to 12:30pm. We are planning to build community throughout the weekend and we encourage everyone to stay for the entire weekend. If you cannot attend the entire workshop, please specify that in your application.

Deadline for applications is June 5th 2015.

Cherie Brown is the founder and executive Director of the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI). For 30 years, NCBI has been a pioneer organization leading anti-oppression work in schools, campuses, communities, and law enforcement agencies all over the world. Cherie is also an adjunct faculty at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College teaching courses on diversity, race, class and Jewish internalized oppression, and Conflict Resolution Skills for rabbis on dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

Marjorie Dove Kent is the Executive Director of Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ). For 25 years, JFREJ has organized individual Jews, key Jewish institutions, and Jewish community leaders in the fight for racial and economic justice in partnership with Jewish and allied people of color, low-income and immigrant communities. Marjorie comes to JFREJ with ten years of community organizing experience inside and outside the Jewish community. Marjorie is an alum of the Jewish Organizing Fellowship at JOIN for Justice.

JOIN for Justice strengthens the community organizing practice of Jewish organizers, leaders, and entire organizations so that the Jewish community can effectively play a role in the social justice struggles of our country. JOIN for Justice also promotes and develops the art and science of organizing among Jews in order to strengthen the Jewish community itself by helping build Jewish communities of relationship, mission, and action. JOIN’s mission is to develop hundreds of top quality Jewish organizers in lay and professional positions inside and outside the Jewish community, transforming and strengthening individuals and institutions as they work for a more just, inclusive, and compassionate society. JOIN for Justice is the only organization dedicated solely to training, supporting, and connecting Jewish organizers and the organizations they serve.


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