Reading Race: Standing as Witness and Ally

The Temple’s recent “Hearts and Minds” conversations on racism and race revealed a considerable number of people in our congregation who care deeply about racial injustice and who want to work together as Jews to create a more just society. These conversations also demonstrated that, while our intentions are good, to become capable witnesses and competent allies first necessitates further internal learning and reflection. For these reasons, our next logical steps are small group discussions of the following titles on the dates below:


Monday, August 29 6-8pm Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Tuesday, September 27 7-9pm America’s Original Sin by Jim Wallis

Tuesday, October 25 7-9pm The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander


Before each discussion, participants will be required to purchase and to have read the book in advance. In good faith, we ask each to commit to attending all three sessions of the series. Small group discussions will be led by trained lay facilitators and each evening will open and close with your clergy in the Covenant Chapel.


For more information or questions, email Rabbi David Spinrad:

To participate in this series, RSVP with Joya Schmidt:



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