New Partner Series

Jews of Color, Jewish Institutions, and Jewish Community in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter

Join Chizuk Amuno Congregation, the Jewish Museum of Maryland and a variety of speakers from rabbis to researchers to activists as we share, explore, and engage with the ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity of Jewish identity and experience. In the present moment of growing awareness about the need for dramatic change in response to structural racism in our society, the importance of many perspectives and voices is unparalleled.

This multi-program series will open up conversations about who we are as Jews; how Jewish spaces and institutions need to change; and how these changes can lead us to a more robust and inclusive Jewish community.

Click on the individual titles below for more information and ticket registration.

As programs are recorded they will be added to the invidual event pages as well as the Jews of Color, Jewish Institutions, and Jewish Community in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter playlist.


Who We Are: Identity and Diversity in Our Jewish Community

Recorded on October 18, 2020 at 4:00pm EST

Speaker: Ginna Green in conversation with Dr. Harriette Wimms 

Presented in partnership with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture

Join writer and political strategist Ginna Green and clinical psychologist Dr. Harriette Wimms as they open this important series on the diversity of Jewish identity and experience.


The Consequences of Acceptance: From the “Jewish Race” to White Privilege

November 8, 2020 at 4:00pm EST

Speaker: Eric L. Goldstein in conversation with Tracie Guy-Decker

Join professor Eric Goldstein and JMM Deputy Director Tracie Guy-Decker for a journey into the past, tracing the dramatic changes in how “Jews” are viewed in America.


Who Belongs: Racial Profiling in the Synagogue

November 22, 2020 at 4:30pm EST

Speaker: Dr. Harriette Wimms in conversation with Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg 

Presented in partnership with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture

Join clinical psychologist Dr. Harriette Wimms and Chizuk Amuno Congregation Senior Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg as they explore the often fraught experiences of Jews of Color and what it means to be seen as “other” even in one’s own community.


We Count: Why Numbers Matter in Our Communities

December 6, 2020 at 7:00pm EST

Speakers: Ari Y. Kelman and Aaron J. Hahn Tapper in conversation with Abram J. Kronsberg

Join professors Ari Kelman and Aaron J. Hahn Tapper for a discussion of the importance and challenges inherent in population studies of Jewish communities, particularly for Jews of color.


Reclaiming Jewish Heritage: Latinos, B’nai Anusim & Other Seekers

December 20, 2020 at 4:00pm EST

Speaker: Rabbi Juan Mejia in conversation with Abram Kronsberg

Join Be’chol Lashon Rabbi-in-Residence Juan Mejia and Abram Kronsberg for a look at the complex journeys some have made to reclaim their Jewish heritage and the support and challenges they have met along the way.


Expanding Frameworks: Black Lives Matter, Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism

January 14, 2021 ay 7:00pm EST

Speakers: Dr. Marc Dollinger in conversation with Tracie Guy-Decker

Join Dr. Marc Dollinger and Tracie Guy-Decker for a candid discussion of the tensions at play between the Black Lives Matter movement and the Jewish community, the forces of structural and systemic racism that exist and the connection between white nationalism and racism and antisemitism.


Beyond Books: Raising an Anti-Racist Child

January 31, 2021 at 4:00pm EST

Speakers: Imani Chapman in conversation with Rabbi Jessy Dressin 

Presented in partnership with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture

Join consultant and leadership coach Imani Chapman and Rabbi Jessy Dressin as they dive into the challenges and opportunities of raising an anti-racist child, from refining our own analysis of race to understanding the intersections between race and child-development.


Texts: A Class with Rabbi Deborah Wechsler

February 21, 2021 at 10:00am EST

Speaker: Rabbi Deborah Wechsler

Join Rabbi Debi Wechsler of Chizuk Amuno Congregation as we examine Jewish texts that provide insight and illuminate issues at the heart of our series such as identity, otherness, inclusivity and privilege.


Making Commitments: The Path Forward

February 28, 2021 at 4:00pm EST

Speakers: Lindsey Newman in conversation with Dr. Andrew J. Miller

Join Director of Community Engagement for Be’chol Lashon Lindsey Newman and Dr. Andrew Miller for an examination of “Not Free to Desist,” an open letter published on June 12, 2020 calling the American Jewish community to “not sit idly by when we see injustice before us.”


2 replies on “New Partner Series”

[…] The multiprogram series consists of virtual events, from Oct. 18 to Feb. 28, on a variety of topics such as population studies, Latino Jewish heritage and the tensions at play between Black Lives Matter and opinions of some within the Jewish community. While each of the events has an expansive theme to review, the organizers hope that by peeking into these issues they can broaden the community’s concept of Jewish identity. A comprehensive preview and registration information is available on JewishMuseumMd.org. […]

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