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Repair & Remedy

Jewish and Black texts about the Harms and Repair of Racism

Join Rabbi Caryn Aviv for a series about relationship harm and repair, that delves deep into the transformative power of The Torah of Inclusion™ lens. Together, we’ll learn how Jewish ideas about harm and repair, and texts written by Black Americans, can help us understand and address America’s lingering wounds from slavery and racism.

Additional Details

This 7-part series, facilitated by Rabbi Caryn Aviv, will be an in-depth exploration into using The Torah of Inclusion™ lens to study Jewish ideas about harm and repair, and how those ideas might apply to understanding America’s unhealed wounds from slavery and racism.

This class is about the process of exploration, asking questions, taking risks in learning, practicing self-awareness, and building relationships with others. We invite everyone from all spiritual traditions who are open to learning and growth through open dialogue and vulnerability. All texts will be in English.

This class touches on, but does not focus on, acquiring historical knowledge about slavery and racism. There are courses available to fully explore those topics and many resources online to learn more.

Why focus on Jewish texts speaking to America’s history of racism?

The material we’ll explore about harm and repair can be applied to any number of interpersonal and collective challenges we face. I’ve focused on the history of racism because:

  • We are reckoning with the harms of the past in our own historical moment;
  • The American Jewish community is becoming increasingly diverse, and more willing to welcome and include Black Americans as integral participants in the community;
  • Black and white Jewish Americans and our loved ones can become better allies to one another by connecting to themes of harm and repair through our shared sacred texts;
  • Black and white Jewish Americans have different, yet connected historical memories and contemporary experiences of discrimination and oppression; and
  • White Jews and our loved ones/allies have been indirect beneficiaries of racism in American federal safety net programs, such as Social Security, the GI bill, bank loans for starting businesses, and federally backed mortgages, whereas historically Black Americans were excluded from these opportunities.

Curriculum Outline

Week 1: Building Community

Week 2: Exploring the Impacts of Harm

Week 3: Collective Responsibility

Week 4: Elements of Teshuva – Returning to Integrity

Week 5: Apologies

Week 6: Remedies

Week 7: Repair, Healing, Next Steps

Event Details

  • Upcoming Dates:
    • January 1, 2100, - MDT
  • Location: Virtual
  • Cost: TBD

Registration will reopen when new dates are established. Please check back soon for more information.

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