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TBE Bends Toward Justice: #Race&Justice Learning Series

Past Sessions
Sunday, March 31, 2019 24 Adar II 5779 - 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM - Temple Beth El
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 22 Adar I 5779 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Temple Beth El
Sunday, January 27, 2019 21 Sh'vat 5779 - 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM - Temple Beth El
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 10 Sh'vat 5779 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Temple Beth El
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 1 Cheshvan 5779 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Temple Beth El

Judaism's prophetic tradition compels us to seek justice and alleviate the blights of society. The #TBERaceandJustice Learning Series invites our congregation to grapple with the difficult and uncomfortable issue of racism by exploring its historical routes and its effect in our own time. With a deeper understanding of the role of race, we will be better prepared to work effectively for a just Charlotte.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018  7:00 - 8:30 pm (Past Session)
Historical overview of race relations in Charlotte with Dr. Willie Griffin, staff historian at Levine Museum of the New South. 

Explore how race influences specific issues and policies.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019  7:00 - 8:30 pm  Pre-K - 12 Education (Past Session)
Education and justice are central values of Judaism. How do we as individuals and as a congregation ensure that all children in our community receive the quality of education we want for our children? Come and learn from an outstanding panel as we explore how we got here and what we need to do to close the gaps: Dr. Pamela Grundy, Justin Perry, and Kaycee Hailey. Read more>> REGISTER BELOW.

Sunday, January 27, 2019  2:00 - 3:30 pm RESCHEDULED FROM DEC. 9 (Past Session)
Could you be biased?  Hidden bias and why it matters.
Implicit bias. It’s the hidden thoughts about people that we don’t realize we have. The unconscious tendencies to categorize other people, positively and negatively. How does hidden bias influence the way we think about race? How can it lead to discrimination and impede access to opportunity? Join Derrik Anderson, Executive Director of Race Matters for Juvenile Justice, as we learn how implicit bias impacts our work to achieve racial justice and discover ways to minimize its effects. REGISTER BELOW.

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019  7:00 - 8:30 pm Racial Inequality in Housing (Past Session)
From redlining to gentrification efforts, housing has been deeply effected by systemic racism. Please join us as we welcome Pedro Perez from Charlotte Family Housing and Liz Clasen-Kelly, the Executive Director of the Men's Shelter Charlotte to lead us in exploring the history of racial inequity in housing and how it is playing out in Charlotte today. This event is part of our community organizing team's educational series to bring more Temple Beth El congregants into the work of making Charlotte a more just place. All are welcome!

Pedro Perez has been a servant leader for decades. He found a bridge out of childhood poverty by serving others; first with the New York State Police, then the Albany YMCA, Albany's My Brother's & Sister's Keeper and City of Albany Poverty Reduction Initiative. Now, he serves at Charlotte Family Housing helping working families move out of homelessness to safe and secure housing.

Liz Clasen-Kelly has worked to end homelessness for two decades. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte. Previously, she oversaw the community’s street outreach efforts and served as a project manager for the community effort to end chronic homelessness. She is a graduate of Davidson College and received her Master of Public Policy from Duke University.


Sunday, March 31, 2019  2:00 - 3:30 pm  Criminal Justice (Final Session)
Since the ratification of the 13th Amendment, the United State has grappled with a criminal justice system that, while blind in theory, has had a destructive effect on communities of color through its application. From extrajudicial lynchings, all-white juries, and forced labor prisoners, we have graduated to disproportionate arrests and sentencing for crimes committed by people of color and a steady stream of negative outcomes in arrests and detentions. 

Can we honestly say “All Lives Matter” until we face the history and reality of race and criminal justice in our community?

Join us for a panel discussion on the current trends in criminal justice and criminal justice reform. Led by State Senator Mujtaba Mohammed, this panel will include Bob Simmons, Executive Director of Council for Children’s Rights, and Jaraun “Gemini” Boyd, Chief Executive Director of Project BOLT.


For more information, please contact Amy Fine, Clergy Assistant.

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