MONDAY May 2nd, 2016 - 2 to 3pm

About the Presenters, Panelist and Performers

A) The Role Of Mizrahim In Our Racial Justice Movements

This workshop aims to educate the broader community of Jews of Color, Sephardi, and Mizrahi Jews in the U.S. about the historical and present day struggles of Mizrahim. We will explore the origins of Mizrahi, Sephardi, and Ashkenazi identities within the context of Racism, Orientalism, Colonization, and Anti-Semitism, in order to unpack how anti-Arab racism and Islamophobia has become internalized within the Jewish community. We will discuss specific historical examples of Ashkenazi Hegemony to understand how it has worked with White Supremacy to oppress Mizrahim in Israel/Palestine, and the cultural repercussions that has on Mizrahim in the U.S. today. Participants will walk away from the workshop understanding how Mizrahi Jews, both as and alongside Jews of Color, can deepen our struggles for justice both within and outside Jewish communities.

Location: Reich-Marran Room

Presenters: Ilise Cohen, Keren Sharon


B) JOC's In Media: Using The Power Of The Pen To Advocate For Change

Whether blogging, launching and/or writing for Jewish online press, or even authoring books, these panelists have each added to the diversity of voices and characters presented in Jewish media. Hear from them about their experiences with gatekeepers, their motivations, and the importance of adding diverse Jewish characters and experiences to the pantheon of Jewish literature.

Location: Kuriel Chapel

Presenters:  Shais Rishon, Erika Davis, Carolivia Herron


C) Jewish Spirituals: Creating A Black Jewish Songbook

Creating a Black Jewish songbook. Yavilah McCoy, Anthony Russell & Leah King will perform their music and discuss their differing approaches to combining Negro Spiritual and Jewish music and creating an original cultural landscape for Jews of Color. This session will feature singing and live guitar & piano.

Location: Sanctuary

Presenters: Yavilah McCoy, Anthony Russell, Leah King


D) Childcare and Youth

Supervised games, fun and learning activities for young people; childcare for little ones.

Location: Kessler-Karp Room