Teshuva and Reparations: A Vision for This Time

with Dr. David Ragland, Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, and Benjamin Mertz
Thursday, September 24 @ 6:30pm PST

co-sponsored by JCCSF, The Truth Telling Project, The Community of Living Traditions, Boston Worker’s Circle, WAYS OF PEACE Community Resources, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, JeWitch Collective, and Tzedek

$9 Chochmat members and members of cosponsoring organizations
$18 General Public
Pay What You Can – we want you to join us and the ticket price should not be an obstacle

Explore the intersection of the ancient Jewish method of atonement in light of the call for reparations as a healing process for the history of anti-blackness with Dr. Dave Ragland and Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb  Jewish spiritual culture contains a mechanism for ongoing repair to help our communities collectively take action to heal wounds and restore equity and peace. We call this teshuvah. The call for reparations is a critical aspect of healing the profound injustice continually perpetrated by a culture of white supremacy upon black people. Learn from two dedicated community organizers what reparations entail when black lives matter.  Ceremony and presentation followed by community break out groups and final reflections.  

Dr. David Ragland is director of the campaign for Truth and Reparations as well as the  co-founder and co-director of the Truth Telling Project, which began in the early days of the Ferguson Uprising to shift the narrative of the protests and police violence. David co-authored of Systemic Humiliation in America and recently published a chapter on Radical Truth Telling and Ferguson in the Handbook on Violence in Education. David was recently inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Collegium of Scholars in the International College of Ministers and Laity at Morehouse College.

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb is director of Youth & Family Programming at Chochmat Halev and board chair of Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity. Lynn works in support of the Campaign for Truth and Reparations and traveled with Dr. Ragland to present a case for Teshuvah and Reparations to Hebrew College.

Benjamin Mertz, founder/director of The Joyful Noise! Gospel Singers, is a composer, performer, and song leader who specializes in music of the Black Spiritual tradition. He can often be found leading songs at benefit concerts, vigils, protest actions, sacred services, and workshops. Benjamin’s most recent album of Black Spiritual music, called “Climbing Up the Mountain,” is available on his website.  Benjamin is a human rights and racial justice activist.  When not performing music, he writes and speaks on issues of racial justice, economic justice, Black History, and works on creating interfaith and interracial alliances.


Sep 24 2020


6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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