ONLINEJews and Race: A “Fireside” Conversation With Former Gov. Deval Patrick & Rabbi Jonah Pesner

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In partnership with CJP and the Religious Action Center (RAC) of Reform Judaism, the Vilna Shul is proud to present a “fireside”-type conversation between two long-time colleagues, friends and racial justice leaders that promises, as Rabbi Jonah Pesner states, to go into the “hard, agitational places for deeper learning.”

“We recognize that we no longer live in the false binary of the Black and Jewish communities, and that nearly 1 million American Jews report being not white, creating even more urgency to the conversation,” he says.

Rabbi Pesner, director of RAC, will specifically ask former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick his insights as a dear friend of the Jewish community and long-time civil rights champion: “What lessons learned might help us (especially white Jews) confront the racism within the Jewish community–even as we lean into the Black Lives Matter movement more broadly?”

With each leader’s deep roots in Massachusetts and nationally, this conversation will be relevant locally and nationally.

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Monday, October 19, 2020, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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