Let’s Talk About Race

As the Jewish community becomes more racially, ethnically and culturally diverse, Be’chol Lashon seeks to bring the historic Jewish commitment to civil rights and racial justice forward into the 21st century, raising awareness and providing opportunities for Jewish professionals and others to actively engage in conversations about race, ethnicity and identity. Be’chol Lashon seeks to raise awareness of the multicultural nature of the Jewish people, providing awareness and skills to navigate different cultural spaces.

Be’chol Lashon facilitates workshops or more informal community conversations, opening up opportunities for safe, structured dialogue in a Jewish context. We have developed strategies such as using films, books and other media to facilitate discussions about race and diversity. We allow space for participants to understand what they don’t know, and explore the root causes and consequences of unexamined bias. We recognize the need to meet participants where they are, to air concerns, gain comfort with being vulnerable, and model how to talk about race.

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Be’chol Lashon consults with organizations to tailor strategies that best meet community goals.

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Cultural competence is the ability to communicate more effectively across lines of social identity and difference. It is the lifelong endeavor of actively building awareness by asking questions and engaging daily with a variety of resources.

“We were extremely fortunate to be able to partner with Be’chol Lashon to explore Passport to Peoplehood with our students and families. Through their educators, curriculum and resources, we were able to introduce programming that took our students beyond the confines of their own communities, to experience hands on learning that opened their hearts and minds to the many faces of the Jewish people. Our students arrived at new realizations about themselves and Jewish people all over the world.”

—Debby Arzt-Mor, Director of Jewish Learning, The Brandeis School

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