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Sunday, May 19th from 9:30am - 12:30pm

Anti-Racism Workshop: Brave Space, Not Just Safe Space by Yehudah Webster of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ)

Let's figure out how to create trusting multiracial spaces in our synagogue and in our community. Come ready to learn and be brave!

All are welcome, but we suggest a donation of $36. Light refreshments will be served.

About the presenter, Yehudah Webster: Called a "Jewish Superhero for Racial and Social Justice" by Jewish Week, Yehudah Webster was originally born a Christian in Georgetown, Guyana, the son of a pastor. Yehudah’s Jewish journey began officially at the age of eight in South Orange, NJ, where he and his family converted to Judaism and became members of Congregation Oheb Shalom. Involving themselves integrally as a family in the Oheb Shalom community, Yehudah was immersed in Ashkenazi Jewish education and social life, attending Hebrew school weekly and participating in the local and regional Jewish youth groups. Growing up in the face of white hegemony, Yehudah now facilitates workshops and speaks to audiences around the country to inspire and empower the Jewish community to commit to racial justice and make space for Jews of Color (JOC). He has presented in a wide variety of settings, including youth group conventions, college campuses, and staff development retreats for Jewish organizations. As a community leader for Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ), Yehudah supports JFREJ’s police accountability and Black Lives Matter campaigns by organizing meaningful actions and lobbying for legislative reform. 

“Given the unique intersection of my experience as a black Jew in a predominately white Jewish community, I bring my perspective into ensuring the Jewish community does better,” he said to Jewish Week. “Too often, Jews of color leave the community because they frequently need to validate themselves and explain their legitimacy as Jews. I’m committed to helping transform Jewish spaces so that doesn’t happen.” He added, “Change in this world begins with an honest conversation.”

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