May 10th 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.

This second of two online sessions is the participatory Workshop on Equity and Allyship, addressing the needs of Jews of Color and issues of race within today’s American Jewish community. 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 this virtual Critical Conversations: Jews and Race program are $18 ($10 for Spertus members and $8 for students and Spertus alumni) and advance registration is required via

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

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