New Paradigms in Black-Jewish Relations

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Wednesday, August 11, 12:00 Noon ET

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New Paradigms in Black-Jewish Relations

Historically the Black and Jewish communities have been interconnected in the struggle for equality. Mired in a contemporary ideological ferment, the two communities have often become pitted against each other. Should efforts to combat racism and antisemitism be seen as separate struggles? Is there a common agenda to fight for liberal democracy? Hear heterodox black and Jewish thinkers explore new approaches. Transcript of the event is available here.

Meet Our Panelists

Dr. Brandy Shufutinsky
Dr. Brandy Shufutinsky

Educator, Social Worker, and writer

Dr. Shufutinsky is a social worker, writer, researcher, and advocate. She has worked towards advancing the rights of victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  She is a JILV board  member.

David Ben Moshe

David Ben Moshe

Formerly incarcerated writer and speaker

Mr. Ben Moshe grew up in Maryland where he joined a drug gang which led him to an eventual jail sentence.
While serving in jail he met someone studying a book with a script he did not recognize.  That encounter set David Bonett on a journey that eventually led him to an Orthodox conversion, Yeshiva study, marriage, and a battle to be permitted to make aliyah.

Dr. Erec Smith

Dr. Erec Smith

Founder, Free Black Thought, professor of rhetoric

Dr. Smith is associate professor of rhetoric at York College of Pennsylvania and a writing fellow for Heterodox Academy. His latest book, A Critique of Anti-Racism in Rhetoric and Composition: The Semblance of Empowerment, was recently published by Lexington Press.

David Bernstein Headshot

Moderator: David Bernstein

 Founder of JILV and long-time Jewish advocate.