This session is open to all to learn more about the work of the Multiracial Jewish Association of Minnesota and to continue exploring ways Mount Zion can pursue antiracism actively.
Doing the Work: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Jewish Identity: There have been more conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Jewish community in the last 2 years than there have been since… who knows when. We have dug into committees and educational sessions and some of us have even dug deeper into the internal emotional work to understand how bias and privilege impact our actions. But what’s next? What about the work that’s left to be done?
Join Rafael Forbush – educator and entrepreneur – as he shares the work he’s been doing in the Twin Cities Jewish community since Summer 2020, including building a non-profit organization that focuses on building community, education, and advocacy for Jews of Color, Sephardi, and Mizrachi Jews in Minnesota. He’ll explore and expand on important questions, like:
- How can we incorporate the mosaic of Jewish experience into our definitions of Jewish identity?
- What is the relationship between allyship and action?
- How can we illuminate the ways our experiences impact our perspectives?
- Where do we go from here to create a more inclusive community?
Rafi Forbush is an entrepreneur and active member of the Twin Cities Jewish community. For nearly 20 years, Rafi has served as a teacher, coach, and mentor for Jewish youth. Since 2014, Rafi has worked to create awareness for issues related to race, religion, and the intersection of the two, through his work as a public speaker. Rafi is also the founder of the Multiracial Jewish Association of Minnesota (MJA) which focuses on creating a space for Jews of color to connect to one another through community, education, and advocacy.