ONLINE“Black Power, Jewish Politics”: The Black Jewish Alliance of the 1950s and 1960s and the Fight for Racial Justice Today

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Learn how the past can inform the fight for racial justice today. Join ADL New England and The Vilna Shul for an important exploration of the Black Jewish alliance in the 1950s and 1960s. Bringing history and current events together, Marc Dollinger, author of “Black Power, Jewish Politics,” will participate in a conversation with Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum, moderated by Susannah Heschel.

They will explore myths and facts about Jewish participation in the civil rights movement and discuss what we, as a community, can do to build more inclusive Jewish communities today. Together, they will disrupt common perceptions about the Jewish community and discuss how white supremacy impacts us all.

Mark Dolinger is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University. He is the author of “Quest for Inclusion: Jews and Liberalism in Modern America” and “Black Power, Jewish Politics” and co-editor of “California Jews and American Jewish History: A Primary Source Reader.”

Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum is the rabbi of congregational learning and programming at Temple Beth Zion in Brookline. She received rabbinic ordination and a master’s in Jewish education from Hebrew College in 2013. She is originally from Brookline and has served congregations in Milwaukee, WI, and Mt. Holly, NJ, before returning home to TBZ. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership at Lesley University in Cambridge. In her multifaceted career, she has had a front seat at the intersection of race, racism and religion, giving her valuable insights into how different groups of people see the world and refining her powers of empathy. She teaches, “None of us can control what happens in the world, but we each have the power to control how we respond. We need to access our spiritual core and fearlessly acknowledge our dark places, both as individuals and a society, in order to shift what we see going on around us. The shadows serve to remind us that there is also light.”

Susannah Heschel is the Eli M. Black Distinguished Professor and chair of the Jewish Studies Program at Dartmouth College. She is the author of “Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus,” “The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany” and “Jüdischer Islam: Islam und jüdisch-deutsche Selbstbestimmung,” and she and Umar Ryad have co-edited “The Muslim Reception of European Orientalism.” She has also edited “Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Essays of Abraham Joshua Heschel.” She is currently writing a book with Sarah Imhoff, “Jewish Studies and the Woman Question.” She is a Guggenheim Fellow and has held fellowships at the National Humanities Center and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.

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