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Like a Tree Planted by Water: Addressing Antisemitism and Reaching Past Division

Sunday, May 5, 2024 27 Nisan 5784

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM333 Cortland Ave

The increased manifestation of antisemitism in our country and beyond is painful and frightening, and it is complicated at this moment by the ongoing violence in Israel/Palestine and the way that antisemitism and racism combine to fuel violence and war and to drive communities apart. This threatens important personal and communal relationships and puts Jews of Color in especially hard positions. Join Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller and other members of Or Shalom to learn a framework for understanding the role of antisemitism in our society and to build our capacity to address it together. 

We will address:

  • How antisemitism is being used to fan fires of polarization, isolation and fear

  • How antisemitism impacts us as individuals, families and communities

  • How antisemitism and other oppressions such as racism interact

  • What we can do to build our resilience, counter antisemitism and maintain relationships across differences in experience and opinion

Please bring reusable dishware and a potluck dish to share, as we will break for a meal together in the middle of the program.

This program will precede the observance of Yom HaShoah–Holocaust Remembrance Day

Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller was the Lead Organizer for the California Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC-CA), the statewide network of congregations organizing for justice from 2018-2023. She previously served as Rabbi for Sherith Israel in San Francisco. She lives in Berkeley and is passionate about bringing the spiritual, creative and justice-seeking elements of Judaism together with people of all ages.

Our home at 333 Cortland Ave is a building which requires climbing 21 steps to access. If this poses a barrier to entry for you, but you wish to attend any of our events, please email with at least 5 days' notice. We will seek a change of venue.

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