In response to the growing national conversation about racism and institutionalized inequality, Temple Jeremiah has created an antiracism resource guide and designed a schedule of antiracism programming for the coming year.
We invite you to attend the programs below and to join us in a temple-wide conversation about diversity, equality, and inclusion.
To kick off this programming, Rabbi Cohen has released an impassioned speech asserting the Jewish commitment to antiracism and stressing the necessity of challenging racial prejudice in every aspect of our lives.
Join Rabbi Cohen and fellow congregants on Sunday, October 11th from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. to continue Temple Jeremiah’s discussion of implicit bias.
Exploring ideas from Pat Savage-Williams’ training workshop, Rabbi Cohen will help us better understand unintended patterns of thought and generalizations that impact the way we see others. All members of Temple Jeremiah, including those who did not attend the implicit bias training workshop in September, are invited to join this discussion.
Join Dana Garbarski, Jill Patano, and other Temple Jeremiah members on Sunday, November 8th from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. for a discussion of two, thought-provoking articles from The Atlantic regarding the effect systemic racism has on the lives of Black Americans.
The first article we will be reading is Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “The Case for Reparations,” which discusses the legacy of slavery and the exploitation of black communities, with emphasis on housing discrimination. The second article we will be reading is Adam Serwer’s “America’s Racial Contract Is Showing,” which discusses the disproportionate effect COVID-19 has had on people of color.
These two articles are meant to educate and enlighten. We hope to open a dialogue about the history of institutionalized racism in the United States as well as the present struggles black Americans experience each day.
Join Temple Jeremiah on Sunday, December 6th from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. for a discussion of Ava DuVernay’s 13th, a documentary exploring the intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States.
The discussion will be lead by Rabbi Cohen and touch on topics such as the legacy of slavery and the problem of mass incarceration.
We ask all attendees to watch 13th, which is available on Netflix and YouTube, before the discussion.
On Sunday, January 10th from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., join guest speaker Marra Gad for a talk about the racism (and the love!) she has encountered as a biracial Jew, both within and outside of the Jewish community.
On Sunday, February 7th from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., join us for a discussion of Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk about Race led by Dana Garbarski, Temple Jeremiah member and Associate Professor of Sociology at Loyola, and Jill Patano, Temple Jeremiah member and licensed clinical professional counselor.
In her book, Oluo provides for White people and people of color the language and tools to engage in dialogue about race and racism and illustrates fundamental truths of how race is lived and experienced in individual, interpersonal, and systemic ways.
Please read the book prior to the session. This book discussion group is meant to educate, enlighten, and open our eyes to fundamental truths of how race is lived and experienced in individual, interpersonal, and systemic ways.
To kick off our antiracism programming, Temple Jeremiah will be hosting a special Shabbat to reflect on the systemic racism in America as well as how to secure a more just, inclusive world.
Please join our clergy on Friday, August 21st from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. to close the week with a meaningful reflection on racism and systemic inequality. For this Shabbat, we will be joined by Elder David Kay, the lead pastor at the Apostolic Church of Austin, Temple Jeremiah’s partner in The Eat and Be Well Food Pantry. Elder Kay will speak on the reality of institutional racism and how interfaith collaboration can challenge systems of oppression.
It is only by listening, learning, and teaching about countering bias, discrimination, and oppression, that we will find a path forward. With this in mind, we encourage you to attend this service by simply clicking here at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 21st.
Elder David C. Kay was introduced to ministry at a young age, receiving his PAW national license at the age of 16. In 1995, he founded the Apostolic Church of Austin (ACA), also known as the Another Chance Assembly.
While in the early days of ACA, Elder Kay held services in his dining room, he soon found the church’s permanent location: 5138 W. Division St. Chicago, IL 60651. Beginning as a small building with space for only 30 people, the church is now home a robust group of parishioners, boasting a seating capacity of 400.
Elder Kay is honored to deliver the Word of God through the ministries of Evangelism, Teaching, and Deliverance. He operates in the five-fold ministry, leading his congregation in high praise. In honor of his work with ACA, Elder David C. Kay was selected to serve as the Vice Chairman of the Illinois District Council by Bishop Arthur M. Brazier.
Elder Kay lives in Chicago with his high school sweetheart Stephanie. They’re the proud parents of a blended family of five children, all of whom have active roles in religious life. When not serving ACA, David works as an inspirational speaker and landlord.
How can someone’s race influence the way we see and treat them, even when we are genuinely trying to be unbiased? What concrete steps can we take to help prevent this from happening?
To answer these questions and more, join Temple Jeremiah on Sunday, September 13th at 4:00 p.m. for an implicit bias training workshop. The workshop, led by Pat Savage-Williams, will feature a mix of short presentations, interactive exercises, and discussions with the aim of challenging the unconscious prejudices we carry with us. The workshop will also provide participants with tools to combat their own implicit biases.
Pat Savage-Williams is currently the President of the Evanston Township High School Board. She was first elected to serve on the Board of Education at Evanston Township High School in 2013 and again in 2017. Pat has served as president for 4 years. Professionally, Pat has worked as an educator for more than 30 years. She works at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, as a Special Education Coordinator and is the Equity Liaison for the district. In this role, Pat leads several Equity Professional Development activities for faculty, staff, and students at New Trier.
She is a PEG Affiliate and facilitates Beyond Diversity at New Trier and within the Evanston Community. She is a certified SEED facilitator (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) and serves on the National SEED Staff to train and certify new SEED facilitators from across the country. Within the Evanston community and at New Trier, Pat facilitates meetings that require participants to reflect on identity, race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and ethnicity. These professional development sessions are both formal and informal. She encourages participants to take reflections from formal professional development experiences and combine them with relevant theory and best practices to apply them to the work they do with students every day.
Recently, Pat was the recipient of the 2018 Community and Engagement Award by the Pacific Educational Group at the National Summit for Courageous Conversations. She also received the Omega Psi Phi Citizen of the Year award in November 2018. Pat is aware that in her role as an African-American woman, a PEG Affiliate, certified SEED facilitator and School Board President she has the power and responsibility to advance the equity work within the Evanston Community to assure that teachers and community members know how important racial equity is in our community and at Evanston Township High School. She also recently wrote an article published in the Illinois School Board Journal (March/April 2018 edition & fall 2020) and republished in the Wisconsin Journal of School Boards and soon to be in the Ohio Journal of School Boards titled “Promoting Racial Equity in Schools: 10 Ways School Boards Can Champion Racial Equity.”
Pat has lived in Evanston/Skokie community with her husband for more than 37 years. She has two young adult daughters who are graduates of ETHS and recent college graduates.