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Creating Radically Welcoming Communities - Shared screen with speaker view
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
24:14
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Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
28:05
Hareini mekabel alaiet mitzvah ha borehv’ahavta l’rei’acha kamochaBehold, I hereby take upon myselfthe Instruction of the Creator:“You shall love your fellow as yourself”
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
30:45
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Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
39:56
https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/333017
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
41:47
Sharing comments that come to me: "everybody is made in God's image"
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
42:31
"text makes no mention of race or ethnicity"
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
45:05
"God doesn’t have a pronoun in this translation"
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
45:31
"I read this as every single human being was created in God’s image, including people of every race"
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
47:38
"White, mid-60s, New Yorker"
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
48:01
"add to "white and Ashkenazi" - Male"
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
48:19
"A white male"
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
50:16
"As the parent of an adopted child of Color and knowing many families who adopted internationally"
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
50:32
"many times people think it is a compliment to say "but you don't look Jewish""
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
50:52
"I think we are moving a bit towards anyone can be Jewish. We are still bound to our views to feel it perfectly fine to ask people who aren't white Askenazi "So how did you become Jewish...." I get it looking like I fell off Paddy McFlannagan's potato cart in Ireland, and my Black children get it regularly, even though we are all Jews by birth."
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
51:05
"Chassidic Jews are such a small minority and yet because they are so visible that is the stereotype"
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
51:50
"Specific cultural examples: Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld for secular and progressive Jews. Black hats chasidim for orthodox spectrum"
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
52:48
"One other stereotype is Bernie Sanders"
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
53:45
"I've become so conscious of how able I am to "pass" for a lot of things...including generically "white American". add to that the purple hair, nose ring and 2 tattoos...I don't fit a lot of people's idea of an American jew...especially not a professional jewish educator."
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
53:53
"totally agree- the need to be more diverse in the congregations and jewish people that I can be with"
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
01:00:45
"fear of 'my grandchildren wont be jewish'"
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
01:01:48
"also-folx without children-someone said to me that "i was contributing to hitlers job by not having kids!"
Rabbi Sandra Lawson (She/Her)
01:01:48
https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/333017
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
01:02:20
"with interfaith marriage, its about the grandchildren . And that’s the job of the grand parents to teach and lead by example."
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
01:03:34
"Excellent point, Ricki. Point well taken and appropriate for today. Thank you."
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
01:04:37
"Related to what Ricki said, white Jews in the U.S. also have aligned ourselves with whiteness in order to have power, when we need to be aligning ourselves with the movements to fight oppression."
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
01:06:53
"re: folx without children...a well respected jewish professional in my community used to say annually that the obligation is to have 3 children...one to replace you, one to replace your spouse and 1 for the jewish people as a whole...as someone who is consciously and intentionally childless...it hurt so much to be looked at as someone who was failing to uphold my end..."
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
01:07:10
"Ruth, in the Bible, an ancestor of King David, a matriarch of our people was a non-Jew. Without her, there would have been no King David."
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
01:07:37
"I think the main concern about interfaith marriages is that the children will be raised Jewish. Today, I think that most interfaith children are raised Jewish."
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
01:08:19
"We have always been a mixed multitude- a "pure" concept of "Jews" has never existed. That is a white supremacist idea."
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
01:08:57
"childless folx are sometimes marginalized in synagogues"
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
01:10:44
"my experiences suggest two questions within our communities—1-welcoming diversity and 2-getting “diverse” people to dare to show up in uncomfortable places"
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
01:11:12
"I think there are times when caucus work is valuable, for example white people to come to terms with racism, privilege, working out our bias amongst ourselves"
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
01:13:53
"I'm patrilineally Jewish and I come from somewhere where Jewishness has very much been defined by government persecution. We all had markers in our passports about who we were. There's a greater focus on Jewish culture and on Jewish family connections than on Judaism as such and Jewishness as a halakhic phenomenon. And I found that in the West people very much do not understand and do not accept us as someone who comes from that background. Other Jews have called me antisemitic for suggesting the cultural context influences how Jewishness works. It's matrilineality or formal conversion or else you're goyische"
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
01:21:19
"so I feel that the synagogue I attend is welcoming but not diverse and how to attract a more diverse congregation feels challenging"
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
01:22:07
Thank you all for being here! If you need to leave now that we've reached 8:00, please do what you need to. Please stay if you are able as we go through a few more texts and comments.
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
01:22:31
"wrt benefits of homogeneity, I think a lot of this is the trauma of Shoah and the Soviet purges of Jews and these communities reacting to it in this maladjusted way. I think a lot of dysfunction can be traced to these and similar events through the lived experience of our ancestors and family members. There was definitely a lot of dysfunction in our family due to this. And "sticking together" and trying to be homogenous feels like a defense response. Not a justified one, of course. No one should be excluding others from Jewishness"
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
01:22:54
"We love to think of ourselves as "progressive" by virtue of being Jewish, But white Jews are white. We need to reflect on that very serious reality."
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
01:22:59
"How can we not oppress the stranger, JOCs when they come to us?"
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
01:23:21
Ellen says: "thank you all so very much. I’m sorry I spoke for so long—it was just my accumulation from the entire session. Just thank you thank you thank you."
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
01:24:36
"How can we start a accepting community without brick and mortar? When I finish school, this is my plan"
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
01:28:47
"if we only accept "ashkenormativity" as American Judaism, we are depriving ourselves and everyone else of the full spectrum of understanding and experience"
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
01:33:18
Thank you Anne. And thank you for helping to make these sessions more accessible by offering your transcription.
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
01:33:39
"the fallacy of "tolerance" as the high bar"
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
01:33:54
"great point, you can be "welcomed" but not 'engaged""
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
01:42:30
"In Baltimore, there is a conservative synagogue in a Black neighborhood, which has had a number of JOC member families, going back to 2004, at least. And they are very connected to the non-Jewish Black community around them."
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (she/her)
01:43:03
"A major Conservative congregation in Baltimore created a 9-month series this past year on including Jews of Color, open to the whole community!"
Rabbi Sandra Lawson (She/Her)
01:49:28
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