Our Community

Sunday, November 1, 2020

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Opening Session for All - including a musical presentation by Jacob Kraus
Jacob "Spike" Kraus
Jacob "Spike" Kraus
Temple Israel, West Bloomfield MI, Artist in Residence, singer/songwriter,

Welcome, Musical Presentation by Jake, Limmud Michigan Video

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Fighting Antisemitism And Enriching Our Lives: The Opportunities And Challenges Of Reaching Out To The Muslim And African American Communities
Asher Lopatin
Asher Lopatin
JCRC/AJC, Kehillat Etz Chayim, Executive Director, Rabbi

There has been a recent resurgence in connecting the Jewish community to the African American and Muslim communities. Some of that is motivated by utilitarian interests: strengthening Israel’s position in America; building coalitions to fight antisemitism; working on legislation where we can be allies. Another approach is that these connections are what Judaism is all about and are fulfilling on a moral and even spiritual level. In this session we will explore the limits and challenges of both, and the opportunities, based on the work of the JCRC/AJC and past personal experiences - as well as some of Asher’s personal out-of-the- box ideas.