Sign In Forgot Password

Shabbat Out of the Box: Book Discussion sponsored by Brit Olam

Saturday, January 9, 2021 25 Tevet 5781

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Brit Olam Steering Committee invites congregants to explore the climate of race in America. On Saturday morning, January 9, 2021, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. the Shabbat Outside the Box session will feature a discussion of the New York Times bestseller, So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijouma Oluo.

This short, user-friendly book is available for purchase on Amazon.

During the session we hope to learn how to approach conversations about race with more understanding, sensitivity and a healthier perspective. Oluo, the author, suggests language to help us engage in constructive dialogue that can be used in a variety of situations. Please consider reading this book and joining us to further this important conversation.

Register HERE to get details by noon January 8th

So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo

A Shabbat Out of the Box conversation

Our Jewish teachings call attention to the worth of the individual.  At a recent Project Yachad class led by Jeannette Eichenwald, this transformative concept, the worth of every human being, was discussed by group members.

The book of Numbers (1:1-2) begins with a census, a counting. 

“On the first day of the second month, in the second year following the exodus from the land of Egypt, the Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai…, saying: Take a census of the whole Israelite community by the clans of its ancestral houses, listing the names, every male, head by head.”

When interpreting these verses one is led to believe that no matter what a group may look like, it is the individual within that group who must be recognized.  It is the individual who is unique and who matters.

There is no time more important than now to recognize this truth. The pandemic confronting our country has painfully reinforced the value of each human life.  The pandemic has taught us that everyone counts: the famous, the forgotten, the "essential workers" who are unknown to those who shelter in comfort. The pandemic has brought to the surface ugly truths about inequities facing people of color.

Many Americans have searched for better ways to understand the current crisis.  At this time the Brit Olam Steering Committee invites congregants to explore the climate of race in America.  On Saturday morning, January 9, 2021, the Shabbat Outside the Box session will feature a discussion of the New York Times bestseller, So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo.

During the session we hope to learn how to approach conversations about race with more understanding, sensitivity and a healthier perspective.  With her user-friendly book, Oluo suggests language to help us engage in constructive dialogue.  Please consider reading this book and joining us to further this important conversation.

Check out the entire Shabbat Out of the Box Schedule!

Click below to register!

Share Print Save To My Calendar
Fri, July 23 2021 14 Av 5781