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Adult Community

Our inclusive Secular Humanistic Jewish community invites you to participate in our programming for adults, whether you have a child in our Sunday School or not. Adult Community activities include: restaurant club, local outings, study groups, mah jongg, film screenings, speakers series, Zumba, discussions on current events, and more! 

Our adult community is intergenerational, with members from 25 to 95 years old.  We gather from September - May during Folkshul's Sunday school (10:00am-12:30pm) and throughout the year at events across the region.

“We must open the doors and we must see to it they remain open, so that others can pass through.”

Rosemary Brown, first Canadian Black woman to run for leadership of Canadian federal party

Folkshul’s Adult Community Invites you to:

Forum on Equitable Funding

for Pennsylvania Schools

 

Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 10:15 am

All WELCOME

In person in Chestnut Hill, PA and on Zoom

Zoom and Address provided after registration

The RSVP is required and will provide you with details

Click HERE to RSVP!

For more info contact mindy@folkshul.org

 

Based on feedback from last year’s series of speakers on “Understanding Racism and Systemic Oppression,” we are taking a deeper look this year into this topic, concurrent with a major legal battle in the Commonwealth Court on inequitable implications of how our state’s public schools are funded.   Be ready to engage in lively discussion with our panelists.

 

This info is pertinent to all of our Pennsylvania school children.  Your support is needed!  

Check out https://paschoolswork.org/equity/ to learn more.

 

Speakers include:

Marjorie Neff, Moderator, a former Folkshul parent, served several decades as a teacher in Philadelphia public schools, as principal of two of schools, Masterman and Powel Elementary, and in 2015 was appointed Chairperson of the School Reform Commission (SRC).

John Barnett is a member of PowerMetro, serving in the Education Justice initiative.

Pam DeLissio is in her sixth term representing Pennsylvania’s 194th Legislative District.  She recently became Minority Chair of the Children and Youth Committee.

 

Deborah Gordon Klehr is the Executive Director of the Education Law Center, a non-profit legal advocacy organization, ensuring access to a quality public education for all children in PA.  Deborah brings extensive expertise on education law and policy issues. 

 

Tomea Sippio-Smith is K-12 Policy Director for Children First PA (formerly Public Citizens for Children + Youth).  Her work as an adjunct professor and legal intern for a School Board Attorney’s Office fostered her commitment to equity in education. Tomea holds a Master’s degree in Education Policy from U of P and Juris Doctor degree from University of Florida.

 

Carmina Taylor is former Branch President of the Ambler NAACP, co-founder of the Movement for Black and Brown Lives of Montgomery County, and a leader of We Can’t Wait, a statewide coalition of citizens dedicated to equity in education.   

PLEASE JOIN US & MEET THE PANELISTS

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27 - 10:15 AM

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Understanding Racism and Systemic Oppression

We are confronted these days by the sad truth that our American heritage of racial injustice is alive and all too well.  George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have become household names.  People of color are suffering disproportionately from the COVID 19 pandemic.  Refugees from Central America and the Middle East have been denied the enlightenment of Lady Liberty’s torch.

This year at Folkshul, through a series of speakers’ events and discussions, we will examine racism and its implications for aspects of our lives as Americans and as Jews. We offer a safe  and welcoming  conversation about these issues as the first step to combating the pain and inequities communities are facing. We encourage everyone to lend a voice. Let’s not be afraid to begin an open dialogue about inequities and social biases that affect us and then turn them into actions. What actions should we, can we, and will we take? Let’s work together! Let’s get to work!


 

“Project Implicit” - Harvard University   www.projectimplicit.net

 

Please consider exploring Project Implicit, a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers interested in people’s thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control.  Their goal is to educate the public about hidden biases. Through the Project Implicit website, you can take a series of tests that measure your own attitudes and beliefs that you might be unaware of, raising awareness and encouraging self-reflection.  Some of the topics include attitudes about Native Americans, weight, rage, age, gender and career, skin tone, Arabs and Muslims, presidents, weapons, and several others.  All tests are anonymous, free of charge, and give you immediate results.

Want to join or learn more? Leave your info and we’ll get back to you.

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