Highlights from Our Evolving List of Dialogue Topics
As we have evolved from a Jewish dialogue group to a multi-racial, multi-faith entity, we have created lists of dialogue topics we want to tackle. Below are a few highlights. What do you think? Any more to add? We'd love to hear.
Race Dialogue Topics
- "Othering," i.e. the us-versus-them mentality that divides people in innumerable ways, including race, religion, and gender. How and why does it happen? How have we felt marginalized? What works to combat it?
- Residential segregation and the history of redlining and restrictive covenants
- Tensions between law enforcement and communities of color
- School re-segregation and the Supreme Court’s backing away from legally supporting integrated schools
- Black-Jewish relations- How this relationship has evolved – as perceived by each community – since the Civil Rights Movement
- What does it mean to classify oneself as a minority? What does it mean to have others classify (or not classify) you as a minority?
Jewish Dialogue Topics
- Rationality and faith
- Inter-denominational harmony
- Converts in our community- struggle to be Jewish enough
- Zionism and liberalism
- Jewish law and feminism
- The rise in anti-Semitism in Europe
- Kashrut- inclusivity vs. exclusivity
- Israel as a Jewish state
- Holocaust guilt and its impact on Jewish engagement
- Declining observance among young Jews
- Jewish privilege, activism, and involvement in larger social justice issues
- Jewish survival and associated fear