Facing Ourselves and Others in Complicated Times: A Series of TBE Congregant Conversations
Join TBE and Facing History and Ourselves as we contribute to building and strengthening our TBE community with the foundational values of inclusion, love and understanding. We begin on October 17, 2018, 7-9 pm with session one of a four-part series. Attend any/all of these four sessions. Please RSVP at the link below the session descriptions.
Session 1: Civil Discourse in Complicated Times
Date: October 17, 2018, 7-9 pm
This session is the introduction to the four session series. Concepts such as “universe of obligation”, “stereotyping” and “identity” will be explored using 'classic' Facing History texts as well as our stories from our tradition. We will explore our own identity (the way we define ourselves as well as the way others define us) and how it impacts our behavior and choices, including the tendency to "other".
Session 2: When Hatred Hits the Headlines
Date: January 16, 2019, 7-9 pm
The violence, hatred, and bigotry we see making headlines every day leave us all with questions. What do we do when hate is out in the world, and part of our daily lives? How can we remain upstanders in the face of antisemitism, racism, and other forms of prejudice? This workshop explores these questions. We will use significant events, such as the 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing, and the Charlottesville Protests in 2017, as teachable moments to explore these questions.
Session 3: Bintel Brief and Contemporary Global Migration: A Jewish Response
Date: March 13, 2019, 7-9 pm
In the tradition of Facing History and Ourselves, we look to the past to help make sense of our present. Jewish history provides us with rich lessons from the past about refugees and welcoming the stranger. The Bintel Brief letters provide readers with a rare and intimate glimpse into a familiar and yet unfamiliar world. They tell human stories about transition and acculturation-- stories of broken homes, deserted family members, loneliness, conflict, dreams, and resilience. This session will provide participants with a powerful way to connect this colorful period of Jewish history to the contemporary issues surrounding immigration today.
Session 4: Choosing to Participate
Date: May 22, 2019, 7-9 pm
This last session will explore Facing History's concept of "Choosing to Participate" by asking what we must do and value to bring about a more humane, just, and compassionate world. How do we determine the most effective way to make a difference in our neighborhoods, our nations, and the world? What does democracy need in order to survive and what tools can we use to sustain, maintain, and strengthen our democracy? How can learning these tools impact our community and the ways people make choices here at TBE? This session will encourage us to think about the ways we can all participate as caring, thoughtful citizens in the world around us.
Click here to learn more about TBE's response to Anti-Semitism and Hate.