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Racial Justice Task Force

The Racial Justice Task Force (RJTF), formed in the spring of 2020, got off to a strong start engaging the temple community in programs of learning and conversation about tough topics: Summer Reading for a Cause, Fall Reading for a Cause, a virtual visit from Billy Planer to share insights on how to have difficult conversations about race, a WCT University program, “Blacks and Jews; Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going?” with keynote speakers Georgetown University Professors Jacques Berlinerblau and Terrence Johnson, Vinnie Bagwell, the artist behind the  Enslaved Africans’ Rain Garden in Yonkers, NY, project, and Warren Byrd and David Chevan, co-founders of the Afro-Semitic Experience, who introduced a newly recorded song, a viewing of the film The Passengers, A Documentary with discussion with filmmaker Ryan Porush and NYU Professor/activist David Elcott, just to name a few.

COMING UP:

Combatting Climate Change

Because of the disparate impact that climate change has on people of color, the Racial Justice Task Force is joining together with our Civic Engagement Task Force and our Environmental Task Force in the Religious Action Center – New York’s (RAC-NY) campaign to fight climate change. See the Civic Engagement Task Force page for details.


 

 

Do you have books that you are ready to pass on to a new reader? Join us on Sunday, May 22 between 10 am and 12 noon for a Spring Book Swap outdoors. Bring adult and children’s books that have shaped your social justice journey, or on other topics. Books will be on tables divided by adult fiction and nonfiction and children’s. Everyone, adults and children are welcome, we won’t require one-to-one swaps, we want everyone to bring home their next great read(s). It’s a great time to line up your summer reads. Come for a few minutes or the entire time. See old friends and make new ones, we’ll have name tags. RSVP by sending an email to rjtf@wct.org that includes your name and the number of people in your group.

 

Leaders:  Linda Einfrank and Rebecca Mazin (rjtf@wct.org)

Sat, May 21 2022 20 Iyar 5782