“This isn’t a program or an initiative. Our goal is a culture shift, an awareness that summons behavior change. Let us envision the kind of community we can be. To alter the landscape of implicit bias is a practice just as compassion, matter-ness, justice, learning, and nurturing the spirit are. They are all tied together as part of what it means to be connected to and responsible for one another within the Temple Israel orbit and beyond. It is embedded in our mission and values and intrinsic to Judaism.”
Rabbi Elaine Zecher,Yom Kippur 5780 Sermon
Friday, January 17 at 6:00 p.m.
Join us for an inspirational Shabbat Tzedek, a Sabbath of Justice, to celebrate the values of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with honored guest Yavilah McCoy, CEO and Executive Director of DIMENSIONS Inc., who will speak about shifting our mindset towards diversity, equity, and inclusion. This service is open to people of all faiths.
All families are welcome to join us before the service at 5:00 p.m. for a pizza dinner! We will offer babysitting for ages 6 months to 3 years in room 105 starting at 5:30 p.m. During the service, we will have children’s programming for ages 4 years old – 1st grade as well as 2nd grade and older. Please contact Roberta Bergstein for more information.
Our community is more than a building – it’s about people. We are proud to offer ways for the greater community to participate remotely in significant Temple Israel and life cycle events. This program will be available via the Sanctuary Live Stream and through Facebook Live beginning at 6:00 p.m. on January 17.
Saturday, January 18, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Torah Study & Community Training
The Temple Israel Board of Trustees, professional staff, and teens have all taken part in diversity, equity, and inclusion training. Now we have the opportunity!
We will begin with Torah Study and continue with a full community training, including lunch. We will conclude with a closing ritual to inspire us to continue this practice.
About Yavilah McCoy
Yavilah McCoy is the CEO and Executive Director of DIMENSIONS Inc., a women and Jewish People of Color led nonprofit that provides training and consultancy in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Yavilah has spent the past 20 years working extensively in multi-faith communities and partnering specifically with the Jewish community. Yavilah is an educator, activist, and spiritual teacher. She is a Jewish woman and a Person of Color, and has designed numerous tools and methods that enable students and educators to be better citizens of the world through exploring differences and reaching for tangible solutions in allied engagement. Yavilah brings a wealth of wisdom and experience in DEI consulting, non-profit management, philanthropy, and engagement to this project and has worked with numerous partners to build strong, healthy organizations with measurable commitments to racial justice, equity, and anti-oppression strategies. Yavilah is a certified trainer for ADL’s World of Difference Institute, National Conference for Community and Justice, and the National Coalition Building Institute. She is a certified coach for the Auburn Theological Seminary Pastoral Training program and is a renowned speaker, educator, and spiritual practitioner.