NCJW STL Third Thursday Advocacy in Action Lunch and Learn

As some politicians are decrying so-called “Fake News,” our June program will focus on how to evaluate media credibility and protect press freedom. We’ve invited representatives from the editorial staffs of Riverfront Times, St Louis American and St Louis Public Radio to help us distinguish real from not-real. We saved this topic for the summertime so you can invite the teens in your life to join us.

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NCJW STL Third Thursday Advocacy in Action Lunch and Learn

June is PRIDE month, and with continued attacks on LGBTQ rights in Jefferson City and Washington DC, we need to know how to be effective allies. Our friends from PROMO will be joined by attorney Elizabeth Schlesinger (recently highlighted in the Jewish Light for her work on LGBTQ issues) to bring us up-to-date on what’s happening and prepare us for expressing our support at the annual PRIDE parade and festival.

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Witnessing Whiteness

Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community will commemorate the Shabbat preceding Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a special 10 a.m. Third Shabbat learning session focusing on Witnessing Whiteness. The event is free and open to the public. Guest speakers will be Mary R. Ferguson, Racial Justice Director for the YWCA of Metro St. Louis, and Kenny Murdock, a social justice facilitator with the NAACP and ADL. They will lead a discussion on implicit bias and how it impacts our lives. Ferguson will also talk about how the YWCA’s 10-sesson Witnessing Whiteness program builds community, increases knowledge of white identity, and offers strategies for action while building participants’ racial equity lens for civil engagement. RSVP requested to Carol,...

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For the Sake of All Workshop

Join Alyssa Banford of the JCRC and Elizabeth Hines as they present the findings of the 2014 For the Sake of All study covering the health disparities facing the African American community in St. Louis. This workshop will not only give the facts, it will also teach the audience how to take action through a faith-based lens. Register today as space will fill up!

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The Urgency of Now: Strengthening Your Community Through the Pursuit of Justice

Join Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center and Senior Vice President for the Union for Reform Judaism, for a session on how to successfully integrate social justice work into your religious community. Rabbi Pesner will address how working across lines of difference can strengthen your community’s justice work and how the Reform Movement is pursuing immigration rights, racial justice, LGBTQ rights and more. Rabbi Pesner will also reflect on the midterm elections, offering an analysis of how Reform Movement social justice priorities fared at the ballot box and what opportunities for justice work lie ahead. This presentation will offer attendees an opportunity to analyze their social justice priorities and strategize about how justice work can strengthen their community through leadership development and skill building. Light refreshments and snacks will be served. Dietary laws...

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