Brandeis Symposium on Antisemitism and Anti-Racism

Top Pick Next Event: March 27, 2024 Waltham $250.00
Ilana Kaufman CEO, Jews of Color Initiative JoCi
Ilana Kaufman, Jews of Color Initiative (Courtesy photo: Aviva Levine)

The Brandeis University Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Education and Learning Initiatives invites you to this year’s DEIS Impact Symposium, “Embracing Difference: Recognizing Jewish Identity at the Margins in the Effort to Address Racism and Antisemitism.”

The Symposium brings together local and regional scholars, practitioners, and the Brandeis and Boston community to explore the evolving narrative of “Who is Jewish?” and “What is antisemitism?” and how those within the greater Jewish diaspora, the Black community, and other marginalized sectors can come together to harness collective agency in the struggle for social justice.

This event is suitable for educators, education administrators, students, DEI officers, the general public and anyone seeking to expand the idea of jewish peoplehood and become an informed ally.

Key themes and inquiry questions:

  1. Why should antisemitism matter to all of us?
  2. How might we engage multiple cultural and ethnic groups in addressing antisemitism?
  3. How do Jews of color better navigate anti-Black racism and antisemitism?
  4. How might Jewish values support overarching DEI goals and objectives?
  5. Why is acknowledging our interdependence necessary to transform hegemony and address racism?

Major presenters/speakers:

  • Keynote speaker: Ilana Kaufman, CEO, Jews of Color Initiative
  • Ayal Feinberg, Director of the Center for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights and Associate Professor of Political Science and Antisemitism Studies, Gratz College
  • Darrell Blocker, Vice Chairman, MOSAIC Security
  • Stacey Aviva Flint, Director of Education and Community Engagement, Jewish Federations of North America
  • Rachel Fish, Co-Founder of Boundless and Special Advisor to The Brandeis University Presidential Initiative to Counter Antisemitism in Higher Education
  • Dr. Rochelle Ford, President, Dillard University
  • Naomi Greenspan, Director of the Improving the Campus Climate Initiative, Academic Engagement Network
  • Vladislav Khaykin, National Director of Programs on Antisemitism, ADL
  • Rabbi Lonnie Kleinman, Associate Director of Education & Training, Keshet
  • Kiyomi Kowalski, Director of Partnerships, Project Shema, and Co-Founder, Jewbian Princess
  • April Powers, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Project Shema, and Co-Founder, Jewbian Princess
  • Rabbi Mira Rivera, Rabbi-in-Residence, JCC Harlem and The Lunar Collective
  • Yolanda Savage-Narva, Vice President of Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Communities of Belonging, Union for Reform Judaism

DEIS Impact is made possible by a generous grant from the Louis D. Brandeis Legacy Fund for Social Justice.

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Fact Sheet
Every day , 8:30 am - 5:00 pmLast event on March 27, 2024
* Registration closes on March 20th
For whom
Jewish Professionals
Hassenfeld Conference Center
415 South St
Waltham, MA 02453
Organized By
$250.00 General

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