We are focusing on a wide range of activities to address racial justice within the United States and within the Jewish community itself. Our education, advocacy and service activities include the following.
- On September 22 we heard from lawyers from Integrity First for America, who are suing the white supremacists involved in the 2017 Charlottesville rally and death of Heather Heyer. Orchestrated by BAS, the program was moderated by Rabbi Bronstein and featured remarks from Rev Troy DeCohen, senior pastor of the Mt Vernon Heights Congregational Church, and Daisy Khan, founder and executive director of Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE). The program was attended (via Zoom) by members of a broad cross-section of local Jewish, Black and Muslim organizations. View program
- Other racial justice education activities this year will include speakers on Jews and the Black Lives Matter movement and on Jews of color, as well as a series of facilitated discussions for congregants on racial justice issues and Jewish values using key readings and podcasts as prompts.
- Our advocacy work will focus initially on voter registration efforts to ensure that those in and around our community know how to register to vote, navigate the mail-in ballot process as needed and then vote before or on election day. Opportunities for congregants to volunteer to provide hands-on service, online or in a socially distanced way, to people affiliated with Westhab, Westchester Youth Bureau, Yonkers Public Schools and Yonkers Partners in Education, among other organizations that serve communities of color.
Everyone is invited to participate in planning meetings and activities.
Contact Joy Brownstein for more information.