Workshop on the Intersections of Anti-Semitism and Racism
Mar 23 - Mar 25$300
Intersections of Antisemitism and Racism Workshop
March 23-25 2018 Chicago
Led by Cherie Brown, Dove Kent, & Helen Bennett
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Filling out this form serves as your application. Applications open on November 20th and the application deadline is January 1st. Unfortunately not everyone who applies will be able to join us. We will be in touch with you the week of January 8th about a spot.
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>> About the workshop:
This workshop is for Jewish activists who want to examine the impact that being Jewish has on their movement work. This workshop welcomes white Jews, Jews of color, Ashkenazi, Mizrachi, and Sephardi Jews. This is a workshop for young adult Jews.
The workshop will involve small and large group work and include personal sharing. Come eager to share your own stories and welcome the diverse stories of others. This is a participatory workshop wherein participants are asked to dig into their personal experiences as a path to exploring and undoing oppression. The workshop is capped at 35 participants.
>> Workshop Goals:
1) To look at the personal impact of anti-Semitism and internalized anti-Semitism on our movement work.
2) To examine the intersections of racism and anti-Semitism and how we can build more effective coalitions.
3) To explore ways for people in their 20s and 30s to build greater unity across all ages in our movement about anti-racism work, led by an intergenerational teaching team.
4) To explore how the issue of anti-Semitism impacts activism work on Israel/Palestine.
>> Tuition and Logistics:
Tuition for this workshop (including all meals and homestays for out-of-town participants) will be ~$300, and participants will be asked to pay a sliding scale fee based on their resources ($75-$350+). The workshop begins at 6pm on Friday and ends at 4pm on Sunday. We will support out of town participants to find local homestays.
Participants are expected to be present for the duration of the workshop in order to build trust and group cohesion, and for all of our best learning to be possible.
As this workshop takes place over Shabbat, we will share in ritual and reflection on Friday evening, with blessings around lunch on Saturday, and on Saturday night for Havdalah, a ritual of separation and re-weaving.
With questions, be in touch with Helen Bennett, Workshop Organizer, at [email protected].
>> The Leadership Team:
Cherie Brown is the founder and executive Director of the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI). For 30 years, NCBI has been a pioneer organization leading anti-oppression work in schools, campuses, communities, and law enforcement agencies all over the world. Cherie is also an adjunct faculty at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College teaching courses on diversity, race, class and Jewish internalized oppression, Conflict Resolution Skills for rabbis on dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, and a progressive understanding of anti-Semitism. Cherie has led hundreds of weekend workshops for Jews and non Jews on anti-Semitism and internalized anti-Semitism.
Dove Kent has over 15 years of experience in grassroots organizing, political education, and movement building. As the outgoing executive director of Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (2011 through 2016), Dove supported the organization to triple in size and win game-changing legislative victories for police accountability and worker’s rights through powerful local coalitions. Under Dove’s tenure, JFREJ grew into one of the strongest and most effective progressive Jewish organizations in the country, creating significant culture shifts within the Jewish community, New York and nationally. She has been published in What We Do Now: Standing Up for Your Values in Trump’s America (2017), Towards the “Other America”: Anti-racist Resources for White People Taking Action for Black Lives Matter (2015), Understanding Antisemitism: An Offering To Our Movement (2017), and in the Guardian, Ha’aretz, Tikkun, and the Forward, among many other media outlets. Dove teaches throughout the country, and currently resides in Durham, North Carolina.
Helen Bennett likes to do things that help people remember how much it’s worth it to trust and depend on each other. She is passionate about building resilient community rooted in ritual and focused on social justice, which is the foundation for her work as a community organizer, trainer and network weaver. Helen organizes with and provides coaching, training, and infrastructure support for the Moishe Kavod Jewish Social Justice House and IfNotNow and is a founder of the Lefty Shabbaton. She has organized with the Ayni Institute/Momentum Community which is dedicated to creating and supporting local and national movements with tools like escalation, mass training, decentralized organization, and systems of mutual aid. She supported an emerging network of Jewish ritual & healing circles centered around the new moon, and is training to become a Spiritual Director. Helen is an alumna of Adamah, Hadar, ROI, and the Jewish Organizing Fellowship. She is based in Boston.
Please be in touch with Helen if you have any questions: [email protected].