DiveRSity

Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 10:00am
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Help us connect with every member household
Join the ConnectRS team and help us do a mitzvah!  We're looking for congregants to give us an hour or two of time (or as long as you can), to bring your cell phone and make phone calls to current RS members. We call every member household to wish them a Happy Passover on behalf of RS and check in. No soliciting - no big commitment - just friends, fun and food (lunch will be provided).  Many ConnectRS have come back each year to help us make calls because it feels good to connect with other members and do this important outreach work on behalf of RS.
Co-chaired by Linda Karp Rudow & Cheryl Dougherty. With special thanks to Mary Ellen Schneider for all her help.
RSVP: Catherine Fischer ([email protected], 215-627-6747 x246)

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 6:30pm
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Rabbi Maderer will lead a discussion about Confronting White Privilege Blindspots: A Discussion of "Waking Up White: and Finding Myself in the Story of Race" a book by Debby Irving

Join us for a small-group discussion about Debby Irving’s book, “Waking Up White: and Finding Myself in the Story of Race.”  Debby Irving calls the Jewish community a vital partner in values-driven anti-racism work, for she has said: “For centuries, Jewish people have been marginalized, ‘other-ized,’ persecuted, …and now are highly attuned to injustice.”  Together we will seek to become more profoundly attuned, to begin to interrupt our bias, and to see the assumptions we have ingested.  (Although our congregation includes all races and backgrounds and we cherish the diversity, the majority of us are white).  With greater understanding, we hope to come to see ourselves in the other, and to recommit to the notion that all people are created b’tzelem elohim, in the image of God.

From Rabbi Maderer's Yom Kippur sermon:

"...Bias does not require malicious intent, it is not an accusation of moral failing. Emily Badger writes: “Understanding bias allows us to confront racial disparities without focusing on the character of individual people.”  It is an acknowledgment:  how could I live in this society and not ingest some of the racial inequality that surrounds me? As a 21st century sensitive modern Jewish woman, who would never consciously discriminate, I have a concealed shortcoming.  In order to bring more justice into my world tomorrow, I need to take a hard look at the blindspots around difference, that live within me, today...

...We have real differences in background and experience; denying those differences does not make me colorblind; it just makes me, blind. In a society where, in school, the honors-track was so often the white—track; where the outcomes of mortgage-Redlined neighborhoods left me in neighborhood isolation from others…  How could I possibly be free of bias?...."

To read full sermon click here