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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 ADULT COMMUNITY SPEAKER SERIES, 2020-21

Understanding Racism and Systemic Oppression - Part 1

 

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

 

Before attending this series, 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. 

Folkshul Adult Community Speaker Series 
 

SCHEDULE

Understanding Racism and Systemic Oppression - Part 1

Times may change, if we return to Springside

Dates from January through March TBD

 

Sunday, November 15, 2020, 7:00 PM. 

“New Thinking about Race: Moving to Human Culture”

Dr. Molefi Kete Asante

Chair, Department of Africology and African American Studies, Temple University

 

Sunday, December 20, 2020, 7:00 PM

“Racial Bias and Inequity in Public School Funding in Pennsylvania”

 

January 10, 2021, 7:00 PM 

“Racism, Antisemitism and Relations Between the Black and Jewish Communities, Then and Now” 

Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, Director of Reflection and Renewal Process at POWER Interfaith

 

February, 2021

Housing and Homelessness 

Ira Goldstein, Reinvestment Fund, Vice President

 

March, 2021 

Health Care

 

Sunday, April 18, 2021, 7:00 PM

“Immigration and the Racial Pandemic: Connections and Intersections”

 Cathryn Miller-Wilson, Esquire, Executive Director

 HIAS PA

 

May, 2021

Facilitated discussion to develop Community Action Plan for Fall, 2021                  

 

All programs will be on Zoom, unless otherwise noted. 

 

Please invite friends to join us. Assistants are welcome to attend!

Questions? Ideas? Concerns? Contact Mindy at mindy@folkshul.org.

To become an adult member, please click here to register.

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