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Jews and Blacks in the Civil Rights Era and Now – Fact and FictionFebruary 9, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

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February 9, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm


February 9, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
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Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan
(646) 505-4444

Jews and Blacks in the Civil Rights Era and Now – Fact and Fiction

Why were there Jews on both sides, and the sidelines, of the civil rights movement? What was the role of Judaism in the activism of young people in the 1960s? What are the implications for the streets of America today?  Explore these questions and others on the reality of the relationship between the Jewish and Black communities in this session led by Billy Planer, Director and Founder of Etgar 36.

Billy Planer is the director and founder of Etgar 36 a Jewish educational organization offering travel experiences that use the civil rights narrative as a way to provide participants with the tools and inspiration to take the next step beyond social action: social activism. He has led numerous trips around America and abroad.

Cosponsored by The Center for Jewish Living.

This program is offered as part of our new Jews and Racism series. In this series, we’ll examine the Jewish community’s involvement in the civil rights movement, its connection to current anti-racism efforts including the Black Lives Matter movement, our historic relationship with whiteness, power and privilege, and how the lessons of the past might help us to chart a path forward.  Each program will include resources for continued learning.

Sessions will take place online over Zoom. Please register in advance and the program link and password will be included in your confirmation email.

While we are committed to be hosting this conversation series, the views and opinions expressed by our panelists do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the co-hosts or of the JCC.

We are proud to continue to offer virtual programming such as this for free or at low cost. If you are able, please consider making a gift to support the JCC. Every dollar counts.