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Facing Our Truths – Small Group Discussions on Race (Tuesday Evenings)

Upcoming Sessions

1. Tuesday, June 7, 2022 8 Sivan 5782

7:00 PM - 9:00 PMZoom

2. Tuesday, June 21, 2022 22 Sivan 5782

7:00 PM - 9:00 PMZoom

3. Tuesday, July 5, 2022 6 Tammuz 5782

7:00 PM - 9:00 PMZoom

4. Tuesday, July 19, 2022 20 Tammuz 5782

7:00 PM - 9:00 PMZoom

5. Tuesday, August 2, 2022 5 Av 5782

7:00 PM - 9:00 PMZoom

6. Tuesday, August 23, 2022 26 Av 5782

7:00 PM - 9:00 PMZoom



Beth Am’s Racial Justice and Equity Initiative will be convening several small groups of 5-10 participants to meet for a series of 6 sessions about how we face our truths about race, privilege, power and the biases that we all hold. Groups will be facilitated by trained congregants. The sessions are based on wonderful materials prepared by clergy and staff from Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles, CA, and Temple Isaiah in Lexington, MA.  Session topics will be:

  • Introduction and Overview: Developing a Sense of Trust in the Group,  Establishing Relationships
  • White Fragility
  • Racism and White Supremacy — A Human Construct
  • Post-Slavery Incarceration as a Means of Control
  • Looking within Our Jewish Community
  • How Are We Responsible/Accountable?

Donnovan (along with his wife, Aly) has been a Beth Am Member since 2001. He is an educator and coach for college students about all things health and well-being. He identifies as Filipino-American and is a Jew By Choice, having become Jewish in 1999 (You can see him talk about the process in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SbisilWevE). He has raised three daughters at Beth Am: Isaiah (19), Micah Mei (Of Blessed Memory) and Avishai (15).  Sign up for Donnovan’s group.

Please check out the group options listing to find the group that best fits your schedule and needs.

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Thu, May 26 2022 25 Iyar 5782