Student Series: Black and Jewish

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Conversations About Race, Identity, Community Relations & Commitments to Social Justice 

Join us in a multi-event discussion on the history of Black and Jewish relations. The series will address such topics as the history of Black-Jewish alliances from the civil-rights era to today, the role of the Jewish community in the Black Lives Matter movement, and experiences of Black and Jewish intersectionality within the fight for racial justice.

*Please note that this series is exclusively open to students, faculty and academic staff. 


Thursday, September 10th

BLACK POWER, JEWISH POLITICS: REINVENTING THE ALLIANCE IN THE 1960s

*This event has passed*

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM | Zoom Webinar |

Speaker: Marc Dollinger, Jewish Studies Professor, SFSU; Author, Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing  the Alliance in the 1960s and Quest for Inclusion: Jews and Liberalism in Modern America

Marc Dollinger joins us to share the story of Black and Jewish relations from the Civil Rights Era alliances to Black Lives Matter today. Undermining widely held beliefs about Black-Jewish relations, Dollinger describes a new political consensus, based on identity politics, that drew Blacks and Jews together and altered the course of American liberalism and discusses the challenges that remain today.

 

 


Wednesday, September 30th
RACIAL JUSTICE, JEWS OF COLOR, JEWISH COMMUNITY

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Zoom Webinar | RSVP

Speaker: Ilana Kaufman, Executive Director, Jews of Color Initiative; formerly Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Director, East Bay, Jewish Community Relations Council

 
Over the last several decades, Black-Jewish relations have been at the forefront of the United States’ social and political arena. Drawing from her own experience as a Jew of Color and as the Director of the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative, Ilana Kaufman will lead a discussion on the persisting challenges of Jewish-Black relations in America. Touching upon issues of intergroup relations, partisan isolation, and the Jewish community’s role in the Black Lives Matter Movement, Ilana will speak to the overarching importance of the Black-Jewish alliance, and the steps she believes are needed to strengthen it.
 

Friday, October 16th
DIVERSITY TRAINING: HOW TO BUILD INCLUSIVE SPACES
1:00 PM | Zoom Webinar | RSVP to berkeley_institute@law.berkeley.edu

Facilitator: Shekhinyah Larks, Program Coordinator and Diversity Trainer, Be’chol Lashon

Workshop on how to talk about race, ethnicity and identity while engaging in Jewish and Israel-related programming (limited capacity).

 

The Institute’s series Black and Jewish is part of a multi-unit series on Jews and Race during the 2020-2021 academic year, a collaboration of the Berkeley Center for Jewish Studies, the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, and the Graduate Theological Union.

 
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