Looking Within for Communal Change

The Center City Kehillah is committed to providing opportunities for our local Jewish community to engage in conversations about racial justice and how to make meaningful change in our behaviors and communities. Please join us in May and June for these antiracism workshops:

To Be a Good Ally, With Tychelle Graham-Moskowitz, Wednesday, May 26, 7:00-8:30 pm

Raising Race-Conscious Jewish Children During the Modern Civil Rights Era, With Imani Chapman and Franny Silverman, Wednesday, June 9, 7:00-8:30 pm

Creating Radically Welcoming Communities, With Rabbi Sandra Lawson, Wednesday, June 30, 7:00-8:00 pm

To Be a Good Ally
With Tychelle Graham-Moskowitz
Wednesday, May 26, 7:00-8:30 pm

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On the journey to becoming good ancestors we must fight alongside all marginalized peoples, as we need each other to be a great community. This workshop is a piece in the learning journey to becoming a good ally; we will talk about amplifying voices, creating space, speaking up, and apologizing when needed. This work is interactive, conversational, and communal. As with most educational and topical learning you will get from this workshop what you are willing to give to it.

A Philadelphia native, Tychelle Graham-Moskowitz, BA, MSW, holds degrees in psychology and a master’s in clinical social work, from Temple University and University of Pennsylvania, respectively. Tychelle has spent the last twelve years promoting academic growth and cultivating diverse education through workshop facilitation, speaking engagements, and direct work with clients. Tychelle’s academic and professional experiences have focused on creating education and development plans as well as operationalizing diversity strategic goals to grow and sustain inclusion and equity efforts for groups/organizations and the populations they serve. With the aim of unpacking the effects our social and societal systems have on marginalized communities, Tychelle uses multiple lens including Critical Race Theory and intersectional feminist voice in her work. Tychelle’s work implements innovative efforts and best practices to enhance authentic interactive conversation and create life-changing learning to advance outcomes for organizations, while bridging gaps and building inclusive communities.

Raising Race-Conscious Jewish Children During the Modern Civil Rights Era
With Imani Chapman and Franny Silverman
Wednesday, June 9, 7:00-8:30 pm

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Franny and Imani will interview each other about their experiences raising anti-racist Jewish children. Reflecting on how they nourish themselves, their children and their larger communities, they will highlight challenges they have experienced, growth they have witnessed and hopes for the future. Following their intimate conversation, they will open up the room to questions from those present.

Imani Chapman and Franny Silverman partner to deliver consulting, training, and systems change work through an antiracist lens to organizations moving towards racial justice and equity. As colleagues and friends doing this work in a cross-racial partnership, in community with each other as parents, educators and Jews, Imani and Franny bring broad perspectives of lived experience, expertise, and their own relationship with each other to create tailored experiences of deep learning and capacity building, bringing all parties along with a spirit of compassion and a dedication to accountability and systemic change.

Creating Radically Welcoming Communities
With Rabbi Sandra Lawson
Wednesday, June 30, 7:00-8:00 pm
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What do our Jewish texts and values say about welcoming others into our communities?

Rabbi Sandra Lawson (she/her) works with senior staff, lay leaders, clergy, rabbinical students, and Reconstructionist communities to help Reconstructing Judaism realize its deeply held aspiration of becoming an anti-racist organization and movement. In her role, Lawson is developing a series of anti-racist policies and trainings for the organization and its affiliate members. She also serves as a mentor to rabbinical students.

The 2018 Reconstructionist Rabbinical College graduate is one of the first African American, queer, female rabbis. The thought-leader has consciously sought to alter the perception of what a rabbi — and the rabbinate — looks like. In 2020, the Forward named Lawson to its “Forward 50” proclaiming her a “truth teller.” She is also the founder of Kol Hapanim – All Faces – an inclusive, Jewish community that is relevant, accessible, and rooted in tradition, where all who come are welcomed and diversity is embraced.