Program Description:

The Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester, The Levine Center to End Hate, and the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence have come together to collaboratively create Generation Justice. This program will be part of a multi-session series of programs, focusing on education around issues of social justice, racism, and Black Lives Matter. This program was brought to life out of overwhelming requests from our Rochester Jewish teen population. Generation Justice intends to build a community of peers based on trust, in which cohorts will engage in uncomfortable conversations, challenge assumptions, and begin the process of exploring their own personal prejudices. We have created a curriculum for engagement and learning with Jewish teens that will assist them in building the vocabulary and tools needed to engage with the lifelong work of anti-racism. All sessions will be facilitated by experts from the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. Each session will offer participants an opportunity to both comfortably build community, while stretching into discomfort with challenging topics. These facilitated sessions will involve times of quiet reflection, active listening, co-teaching, and experiential learning. Participants may be asked to engage in some learning materials between sessions to increase the depth of conversation when gathered together.

 

Application Information and Schedule:

1. Jewish identifying teens in grades 10th-12th are eligible to apply

2. There is no cost to this program

3. Registration portal closes on 03/30/2021 - Spots are limited

4. Sessions will be run on Tuesdays in April from 6pm-7:30pm. All sessions will be held virtually.

5. Schedule of sessions:

 

04/06: Session 1 - Creating Community

04/13: Session 2 - Understanding Bias

04/20: Session 3 - Anti-Black Racism

04/27: Session 4 - Anti- Racism Journeys / Building Beloved Community

 

Session Overview:

Session One: Creating Community This first session will focus on building our learning community and allow participants to get to know one another while building strategies for co-holding our learning spaces. Topics in this session will include:

● Creating and tending to our community

● Co-creation of guidelines, agreements, and practices

● Exploring our racial identities and journeys

 

Session Two:

Understanding Bias Session two will continue to build on the foundation created in session one. This session aims to also introduce learning, reflection, and discussion of bias and racism. Topics in this session will include:

● Unconscious bias - root causes and misconceptions

● Exploring our own biases

● Individual and systemic impacts of biases

● Racism vs. bias - definitions and discussions

 

Session Three: Anti-Black Racism

In our third session, participants will dive more deeply into the specific racism of anti-Blackness. Topics in this session will include:

● Exploring the context and development of anti-Black racism

● Examining white supremacy in our own lives

● Exploring the development of the Black Lives Matter Movement

 

Session Four: Anti-Racism Journeys - Building Beloved Community

In our final session, the cohort will spend time discussing and developing plans for anti-racism work after the sessions are complete. Topics in this session will include:

● Creating accountable community in our own lives

● Exploring our own next steps in anti-racism learning and work

● Development of commitment and action plans

 

For more information, please contact Diana Tubman at dtubman@jewishrochester.org.