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Amplifying Voices

Amplifying Voices

A Series on the Intersection of Black and Jewish Identities

Jewish individuals, and other Americans are in a moment of potential vulnerability and growth, recognizing privilege and identifying differently. As more and more people realize the need to move from non-racist to anti-racist beliefs and actions we are witnessing a moment in history pregnant with possibilities.

Amplifying Voices marries internal tshuva -- personal pattern breaking, growth and reckoning -- in a series of programs with artists, authors, activities and thought leaders inside and outside the Jewish community to reflect on race, religion and identity.  We invite the Jewish community and beyond into authentic and meaningful conversation designed to move the needle on how we all engage in the world with sensitivity and compassion.  Presented in partnership with the Tucson JCC.

Upcoming Events:

The National Jewish People of Color Shabbaton Project
Virtual Workshops: February 14 - May 9, 2021
National Program: May 14-16, 2021
This spiritual, communal, and religious project focuses on building community and connection among Jewish People of Color (JOC) across geographic regions, spiritual practices, life experiences, and denominations.  A collaboration among JOC organizations and Jewish Social Action organizations across the country, the program facilitates a virtual Shabbaton and ancillary workshops that center JOC engagement.
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Ritual Intersections in the Music Studio
Sunday, February 21, 2021 | 6:00pm EST
Tune in to a musical Freedom Seder in celebration of what unites the Jewish, Black, and Jewish-Black communities. Featuring the Afro-Semitic Experience, a band co-founded by African-American jazz pianist Warren Byrd, and Jewish-American jazz bassist David Chevan in 1998, that combines an eclectic array of styles, sophisticated musicianship, good songwriting, deep grooves, and years of friendship with a simple message: Unity in the Community.
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Past Events:

Learning the Land: A Virtual Civil Rights Tour
An interactive discussion with T. Marie King, moderated by Samantha Dubrinsky, Executive Director of the Levite Jewish Community Center  More

By the Book: Understanding the Last 50 Years
With Marc Dollinger, Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University, and Dr. Gil Ribak, Associate Professor at the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona  More

Behind the Screen: Chicago as a Microcosm
Tamar Manasseh in discussion with the Jews of Color Initiative on the documentary film,They Ain’t Ready for Me  More

Jews of Color and Jewish Community Diversity
A lunch and learn discussion with Ilana Kaufman, Executive Director of the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative  More

Stories of Exclusion, Stories of Change:
Jews of Color Speak about Moving from Welcoming to Belonging

With panelists April Baskin, Gamal Palmer and Evan Traylor, moderated by Candace Manriquez Wrenn, Director and Associate Producer for the Marketplace Morning Report  More

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The Gordon and the JCC bring arts enrichment & cultural events to the community. We offer high-quality arts classes, trips, films and other creative opportunities for adults as well as dance, music and performing arts programs for youth. You can find them at the Gordon Center or in the classrooms and studios of the Rosenbloom Owings Mills and Weinberg Park Heights JCCs. 

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