The recent murder of George Floyd has rocked America and served as a harsh reminder to us all: Racism in America is, tragically, alive and well. As a Jewish community, we cannot stand idly by.
Please join Jewish Federation for a three-part series to launch this important conversation in our community.
Join our conversation on racial injustice and its effects on the lives of Black Americans from the perspectives of African American leaders in our community. In the second of our three-part series, we will speak with a distinguished panel of local African American leaders and discuss ways that the Jewish community can be allies in the fight for racial justice.
Jim Johnson (top left), a Montclair native, is a former federal prosecutor in the Southern District of NY, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, and candidate for NJ governor in 2017. He is currently Corporation Council for the City of NY and a co-chair of the committee overseeing the conduct of New York City police officers during protests spurred by the killing of George Floyd.
Lisa Asare (top right) is Assistant Commissioner of the Division of Family Health in NJ’s Department of Public Health with over 20 years of experience as a public health professional.
Reverend Dr. Terry Richardson (bottom left) is the Senior Pastor at the First Baptist Church of South Orange.
Petal Robertson (bottom right) is President of the Montclair Education Association and teaches English and African literature.
Moderator: Rabbi Elliott Tepperman, Bnai Keshet, Montclair
Our first session, a webinar held on Tuesday, June 16, addressed the topic of Understanding Yesterday, starting with a look at the work of Rabbi Joachim Prinz, one of the great leaders of the civil rights era and rabbi at Temple B’nai Abraham in Newark. A panel of distinguished rabbis discussed the current struggle for racial equality and how our Torah and traditions have given us the imperative, throughout history, to act in the face of injustice. Moderated by Cliff Kulwin, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple B’nai Abraham, with panelists Rabbi Michael Satz of Temple B'nai Or in Morristown, Rabbi Rachel Marder of Congregation Beth El in South Orange, and Rabbi E. Samuel Klibanoff of Congregation Etz Chaim in Livingston.
Click here to watch Session 1: Understanding Yesterday
Questions? Contact Mara Gellman at MGellman@jfedgmw.org.