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Diversity & Unconscious Bias: The Jewish Journey

Thursday, November 26, 2020 10 Kislev 5781

7:30 PM - 9:30 PMzoom


Over the past months, we have experienced the anxiety of an historic pandemic and witnessed racial tensions. We are living through interesting times. Or Temple community has risen to the challenges, praying together and supporting each other. As always, there is more work to be done.

Our Congregation includes members of various skin tones, body structures, hair types, accents, gender alignment, ages, and physical abilities. Not everyone has felt the same degree of acceptance and welcome.  There has been a call for “Allyship” from GTA Jews of colour. What does allyship even mean?  Are people really a colour?

A long time Temple Har Zion family with two generations of children educated at our school, has felt, with a sense of discomfort, that as a family they were not fully included in the social community life of our Temple. How many others have felt this way? Who has come and then gone from our Congregation feeling less than welcome?

The heightened tension in the world right now with respect to racial injustice and equality has focused on Black Lives Matter…even though all lives matter. Hopefully, we can come to a better understanding by discussing tough questions with open minds. 

We have embarked on a new year, 5781, and we begin by educating ourselves about the experiences of three of our members. A panel including Sheron Forbes, Shirley Kehimkar and Evelyn Krakauer, assisted by Rabbi Weiss, will discuss their personal experiences with diversity.

Let us grow in strength as a community that embraces inclusion, equality, awareness and caring. “Let justice flow as a might stream”.




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