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On the invitation of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1964, a group of 17 rabbis traveled to Florida to protest segregation, where they were arrested. From their jail cell the rabbis wrote about their decision to speak out for racial justice: “If we are a chosen people, let this be what we have been chosen for. We speak because we cannot not speak.”

Recent events show that injustice persists in communities across America in myriad ways.  Stirred to action, a new generation of activists are catalyzing a national conversation about systemic racism under the powerful banner that #BlackLivesMatter. Join us for an important conversation about the ways in which this movement to end anti-Black racism is inescapably a Jewish issue.

Panel Includes:

David Goodman, older brother of Andrew Goodman, murdered during the 1964 Freedom Summer

Yavilah McCoy, CEO of Visions Consulting, Bend the Arc Leader and Jewish racial justice advocate

Opal Tometi, co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter

Moderated by Stosh Cotler, CEO, Bend the Arc


In partnership with Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, the country’s leading national progressive Jewish organization with an exclusive focus on domestic social justice.


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