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SOCIAL JUSTICE AT LARCHMONT TEMPLE

 

To get involved in LT Social Justice Initiative, please contact co-chairs Lisa Kaufmann aklk@mac.com and Jennifer Mitchell mitchelljennifer214@gmail.com

There are many issues of social justice which deserve, rather demand, our attention. In anticipation of the November Election, the Social Justice Leadership focused on a Civic Engagement Campaign to combat voter suppression and to get out the vote. The Social Justice Leadership Group, in concert with the clergy and supported by the Board of Trustees, is currently focusing on 2 primary issues at least through the end of 2020:

Scroll down to learn more about our two main areas of focus:

     (1)   IMMIGRATION
                *  Book Discussion Groups - Sanctuary November 12th 7:30-9pm
                *  Supporting our local immigrant neighbors and partnering with the Community Resource

                    Center of Mamaroneck

     (2)   RACIAL EQUITY
                 *   Join an LT Discussion group to discuss books, podcasts, films on topics of racial equity

                 *   Join a joint LT-Strait Gate Church conversation on issues of racial equity
                 *   Get involved in our Common Ground initiative reaching out to our local Larchmont, 
                      Mamaroneck, New Rochelle communities
                 *   Find Resources of books, films and podcasts on issues of racial equity
                

IMMIGRATION

Please join us for our upcoming Book Discussion on November 12th 7:30pm - 9pm Register Here

With Authors PAOLA MENDOZA & ABBY SHER
SANCTUARY tells the timely fictional story of a dystopian America,
a totalitarian regime, and a 16-year-old undocumented girl
who decides to fight back…

 ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Abby Sher grew up at Larchmont Temple, was a member of Second City in Chicago, is an Improv Impresario, and author of five books.
Paolo Mendoza is a film director, activist, artist & author;
and is co-founder of the Women’s March.
 
Books are available free of charge at Anderson's in Larchmont…
Let them know it is the LT book Event
In appreciation of this Book Talk, we ask that in gratitude a minimum donation of $18 be made to benefit the Community Resource Center, our local Mamaroneck-based organization working to preserve & protect immigrant rights. 

RACIAL EQUITY

We feel obligated as a community to foster an awareness and dialogue focused on RACIAL EQUITY.  While there are many worthy sub-topics here, we have decided that the first step in committing ourselves to fighting racism locally and beyond is to look inward and help all of us take an honest inventory of who we are individually and collectively relative to understanding our ‘privilege’ and implicit biases.  Through this higher level of awareness and understanding, we can then be far more effective and engaged in helping transform the structural underpinnings of the institutional racism that surrounds us all.

       Collectively, we think of ourselves as a giant stone about to be dropped in a large body of still water.  By focusing on ourselves first, our evolved understanding and perspective can then radiate outward to positively impact our family, our friends, our neighbors, to our co-workers, our employees, our elected officials, and beyond. Each one of us has the potential to make enormous positive impact on this troubled world. Please join us for this important and urgent journey.

LT Social Justice Discussion Groups

Racial Equity Discussion Groups:  Our LT Social Justice group has started a series of discussion groups focused on matters of racial equity.  Our groups have included:

July 2020:  Discussion of the podcast:  Brené Brown with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist,  led by Stacy DiCristofaro, Vice President of the Coalition for Undoing Racism through Education (CURE). 

August 2020:  Discussion of the book, “Citizen:  An American Lyric,” led by LT congregant, educator and facilitator, Ellen Brooks.  The book is a collection of poems and essays by Claudia Rankine which deal with her experience as a Black Woman confronting racism.

Upcoming:

** Please look for invitations to attend future discussions of books, films, podcasts as they relate to issues of racial equity and social justice.

Strait Gate Church/Larchmont Temple “Join the Conversation”

 

In an effort to foster a deep and meaningful relationship between our Larchmont Temple members and members of the Strait Gate Church, we have started a series of “conversations” together via Zoom. 

Our first group discussion of the documentary film “13th” was held on October 1st via Zoom.  We continued that discussion with a robust and engaging dialogue with LT and Strait Gate members on November 2nd.

** Please watch for upcoming opportunities to further engage with members of Strait Gate Church in small group formats via Zoom.  We will reflect on our own perspectives and biases within the context of racial equity and issues of systemic racism.

 

Interested in Working on our new initiative

 “Common Ground”??

A tri-municipalities community effort aimed at coming together through cross-cultural sharing to create community conversations on fighting racism & realizing the human dignity that helps us all stand together on common ground.

We hope to create an effort that brings together people from different religions and backgrounds from Larchmont, Mamaroneck and New Rochelle to create a community that fosters conversation and shared cross-cultural experiences. We are seeking volunteers to help organize this effort.

Contact: LTSJ Co-chairs Lisa Kaufmann at aklk@mac.com or Jennifer Mitchell at mitchelljennifer214@gmail.com

 

RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

Understanding Implicit Biases Regarding Race

READ

      Invisible Backpack" by Peggy McIntosh Article  
     *   "5 Phrases your Black Friend Wishes You'd Stop Saying" Article 
      "Ways Reform Jews can Act Now for Social Justice," by Rabbi Jonah Pesner, RAC Article  
     *  
"White allies, stop asking me if I'm OK. Black people are not OK" Article 
     *  White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo Book
     *  How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi Book

LISTEN

 

    *  Brené Brown with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist Podcast
    *  Scene on Radio: Turning the Lens (Seeing White, Part 1 of 11 part series)  Podcast 
    * 
 NPR's Code Switch: "Why Now, White People?" Podcast 

Deepening our Understanding of Racial Injustice

READ

       *   "The Case for Reparations" by Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic Article         
   
    "Resolution on the Study and Development of Reparations for Slavery and Systemic Racism in the US." 
      *   "
The Grief That White Americans Can't Share", by Nikole Hannah Jones, New York Times, 7/22/16.           
      *   
"I Wanted to Know What White Men Thought About Their Privilege.  So I asked",
           by Claudia Rankine, New York  Times,7/17/19.        

      *   "Walking While Black

Listen

      *  Rants and Randomness with Luvvie Ajayi." Podcast.  

Watch 

      *   We Need to Talk about an Injustice," by Bryan Stevenson. TED talk.           
      *   "13th," by Ava DuVernay. Documentary Film. 
      *   "Just Mercy."  Film.  

OTHER WAYS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE 

Partnering with Community Resource Center
 
Help Prevent Housing Evictions​​​​​​​


The Community Resource Center has reported that their most urgent need right now is for lawyers to help stop housing evictions. If you can help, contact Jirandy Martinez, Executive Director at jmartinez@crcny.org.

HOW IS SOCIAL JUSTICE DIFFERENT FROM SOCIAL ACTION?

Social Justice is about addressing the underlying causes of inequitable access to wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society (eg: lobbying in Albany). Social Action meets the world where it is, by providing direct support to those in need (eg: feeding the homeless).

SOCIAL JUSTICE LEADERSHIP GROUP

Jennifer Mitchell and Lisa Kaufmann, Co-Chairs; Clergy: Rabbi Leora Frankel; Beth Belisle, Ellen Blumstein, David Kahn, Leah Katznelson, Jayne Lipman, Lynn Reichgott, Linda Riefberg, Ellen Zimmerman

Wed, November 25 2020 9 Kislev 5781