March 17, 2017 - 6:15pm to March 18, 2017 - 3:00pm
Allan and Tybil Smith Kahn Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat
American Jews: Community, Privilege & Identity
Our Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat focuses on broad issues of American Jewish identity and our relationship to race, power and privilege. Another ongoing topic at Beth El is the important question of inclusion and safety for our diverse community; we are asking whether our synagogue campus and community is welcoming to all Jews and their families, and ensuring that Jews of color and their families experience our synagogue as a welcoming and nurturing place. At the recommendation of a focus group we convened last spring, a small group of Beth El members has been crafting an online survey to inquire about how race, ethnicity and cultural background impact people’s experiences at Beth El. We hope to have the survey completed and ask the entire congregation to complete it sometime this spring.

Friday evening, March 17, 2017
6:15 pm – Shabbat Service
7:00 pm – Catered Shabbat dinner; RSVP & prepayment required (now closed)
8:00 pm – Defining Community: Jews, Race, Power, and Privilege
                Professor Marc Dollinger and Ilana Kaufman

Saturday morning, March 18, 2017
9:15 – Torah & text study with Prof. Marc Dollinger and Rabbi Yoel Kahn
10:15 – Shabbat morning service
Noon – Shabbat Lunch & Program; Open to all - RSVP required (now closed)
           Jews and Whiteness: Are American Jews ‘White’?
           Professor Marc Dollinger

Marc Dollinger, Ph.D., is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University. A lifelong Reform Jew, he is the author of Quest for Inclusion: Jews and Liberalism in Modern America (Princeton) and his new book, Is It Good for the Jews? Power and Politics in the 1960s, is forthcoming.

Ilana Kaufman, M.Ed., is the Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Director for the Jewish Community Relations Council in the East Bay. A nationally-recognized leader and educator, she is a member of Congregation Beth El.
I hope you will join us at one or more of these programs. 

Allan and Tybil Smith Kahn z”l were life-long supporters of learning and the Jewish community.  The Allan and Tybil Smith Kahn Scholar-in-Residence Fund was established in 2012 by their children to honor their parents memory and perpetuate the values most precious to them.