Welcome to Lab/Shul, an artist-driven, everybody-friendly, God-optional, pop up, experimental community for sacred Jewish gatherings based in NYC and reaching the world.

Race & Us (Session 1)

  • 02:00 PM
  • Museum of Jewish Heritage - 36 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10280

 

RSVP REQUIRED

Please note: There are four workshops – December 11th, February 12th, April 2nd, and June 11th – designed in sequence, beginning with individual identity, stretching to community identity, and then to civic identity.

Because each workshop builds off of the previous ones and because space is limited, those who can commit to all four will be prioritized in the registration process. If you do not select all four workshops, we will place you on the waiting list for the ones you select.

 

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS:
Dec. 11, 2-5pm: Race and Jewishness: Who are We, An Honest and Interactive Workshop, Part 1
This workshop, led by Rabbi Kerry Chaplin and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice leader Yehudah Webster, draws on lived experience to address the basics: What is race? What is Jewishness? What is racism? What is anti-Semitism? How do we negotiate living in these different pieces of our identities? We will draw on Jewish wisdoms to understand why these questions matter now.

Feb. 12, 2-5pm: Race and Jewishness: Who are We, An Honest and Interactive Workshop, Part 2
This workshop, led by Rabbi Kerry Chaplin and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice leader Yehudah Webster, draws on knowledge from Part 1 to understand the impact of race on the historical Jewish-American experience. Participants will understand how they are individually impacted by this history, and begin to imagine how it affects our contemporary Jewish communities. We will draw on Jewish wisdoms to understand why these questions matter now.

April 2, 2-5pm: Look Inward: Creating Authentic Pathways of Inclusion
This workshop, led by facilitators from the Jewish Multiracial Network, focuses on internal examination of the Lab/Shul community, though it will be applicable to any Jewish community. Through communal reflection and assessment exercises, participants will discuss and navigate traditional barriers of inclusion for racially and ethnically diverse Jews, and brainstorm and encourage concrete action steps for shifting communal norms and culture to become a truly transformative and welcoming space for all community members, regardless of race or ethnicity.

June 11, 2-5pm: Look Outward: Joining Movements for Racial Justice
This workshop, led by Bend the Arc facilitators, will explore how Jewish communities, both individuals and institutions, can identify and connect with efforts towards racial justice.