Apr 27th 2021

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership proudly convenes a trio of thought leaders from both coasts for the 2021 installment of its Critical Conversations series, entitled Jews and Race. This year’s presenters are Boston-based Black, Jewish anti-racism activist Yavilah McCoy; San Francisco author and professor of Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility Dr. Marc Dollinger; and New York rabbi and social action organizer Rabbi Mira Rivera.

Critical Conversations: Jews and Race will take place in two online sessions. Talking Frankly about Race and Racism brings the presenters together on Tuesday, April 27 to discuss race and racism, digging into the nuances and complexities of these issues in Jewish life and beyond. Then McCoy, Dollinger, and Rivera regroup on Monday, May 10 to lead the participatory Workshop on Equity and Allyship, addressing the needs of Jews of Color and issues of race within today’s American Jewish community. Both virtual sessions start at 7 pm Central and are 90 minutes in length. Participants are invited to attend one or both. Closed captioning will be provided.

Critical Conversations is an annual Spertus Institute program inspired by Judaism’s embrace of civil discourse. The series brings together high-profile experts and activists to debate the most critical issues of the day.

Tickets for the virtual Critical Conversations: Jews and Race program are $18 ($10 for Spertus members and $8 for students and Spertus alumni). The two sessions are ticketed separately, and advance registration is required via spertus.edu/conversations.

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership offers dynamic learning opportunities rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture and open to all. Graduate programs and workshops train future leaders and engage individuals in exploration of Jewish life. Public programs—including films, exhibitions, speakers, seminars, workshops, and concerts—take place online, and when safe to do so, at the Institute’s Michigan Avenue facility and in the Chicago suburbs. Information can be found at spertus.edu.

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