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Sacred Conversations (with Grace Church of Harlem)

After one year of an examination of racism in the United States through a Racial Justice Reading Group, facilitated by Rabbi Lauren, we reached out to Grace Congregational Church in Harlem (318 W. 118th Street) and began a special partnership.

Since the fall of 2017, SAJers have met monthly with members of Grace Church — facilitated by Rabbi Lauren and Reverend Nigel Pearce — with this call:

“We believe that we are called, as people of faith, towards truth, justice and love. In that spirit, we aim to create a safe and sacred space for courageous conversations about race and identity. To do so, we will listen, learn, teach, examine, reflect, honor our truths and experiences and strive to grow as individuals and as a community.”

Topics for 2018-2019 will include: The Radical Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., History & Present of Jewish-Black Relations, Beauty Standards & Racial/Ethnic Identity, and Music as Resistance in African-American & Jewish Traditions. We will also visit each other’s services as our spiritual leaders do a “sermon swap.”

  • Wednesdays at SAJ: November 28, January 23, March 27, May 15 at 7pm
  • Sundays at Grace: December 16, February 24, April 28 at 12:15pm
  • Saturday, February 9: Grace Visits SAJ and Reverend Pearce is our guest darshan (teachers/speaker) .
  • Sunday, February 24: SAJ Visits Grace and Rabbi Lauren offers a sermon to their congregation during worship services.

To join the list for Sacred Conversations, email

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