Monthly Teen Program with Rabbi Lauren on Race and Anti-Racism
Rabbi Lauren is teaming up with Rabbi Ariann Weitzman of Bnai Keshet in Montclair, NJ (the synagogue we organize our annual teen trip with) for a BK-SAJ teen program – a deep dive into issues of race, racism, and anti-racism. We’ll immerse ourselves in the questions that confront all of us and that have animated so many of us both this summer and for the past many years. From slavery to mass incarceration, civil rights to Black Lives Matter, we’ll explore the importance of and complexity of the issues as both Jews and Americans. These sessions will be a balance of history and current events discussions and hearing from speakers; we aim to make the sessions interactive and community-building as well.
We will meet once a month, by Zoom, on Thursday evenings from 7pm-8:30pm. This program is free and open to all high school students, as well as 8th graders who are enrolled in either BK or SAJ’s 8th grade programs.
Dates for the sessions are: October 15, November 19, December 17, January 21, February 11, March 18, April 22, and May 20.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to get the Zoom log-in information.
This year SAJ is creating a week-long winter-camp called Achshav, open to teens across the East Coast. Learn more soon!
Learn about past programs and trips:
In 2018, SAJ teens participated in the Religious Action Center of the Reform Movement’s L’taken program where they learn about the government and advocacy, explore Jewish values related to issues they care about, and lobby in front of the staff of their elected officials on topics they have researched and prepared.
In March 2019, SAJ teens travelled to Portland, Oregan for a Hands-On Jewish Experience with Tivnu, gap-year and educational Jewish program that engages participants in hands-on work building houses alongside and for the homeless, among other grassroots and social action projects. Along with the building work, students met with and learned from the advocates who have made change in their communities. They also had the opportunity to explore a new city and enjoy hiking, swimming, and connecting with a local Reconstructionist synagogue for Shabbat.
If you have questions about the SAJ Teen Tzedek program, contact Rabbi Lauren, email@example.com.