Rabbi Angela Buchdahl on Jews and Race; Election 2020 Debate

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Each week we take you beyond the headlines and help you understand what it all means for Israel and the Jewish people I'm Stephie. Cogan and I'm on Uber Sheer men. Money every week at the end of people that pod we asked listeners to subscribe to people. Can you explain to our listeners? What exactly subscribing entails? Is there a cost? Steffi subscribing to our podcast doesn't cost a thing. It simply shows you're a fan. The added benefit of subscribing is that episodes of your favorite show are sent directly to your phone each week. You don't have to go looking for it, so we encourage people to subscribe to build a community of loyal listeners. It doesn't cost a thing, so subscribing is just a way to make it much easier to listen to. People Thought Awesome, so I hope all of our listeners will go and hit the subscribe button. Subscribe to people the pod on your favorite podcast APP, and while they're there. They might as well hit the review button and talk about how insightful we are. Speaking of awesome and insightful, who did you talk to this week for the PODCAST Sethi? Ice spoke to the awesome and inciteful. Rabbi Angela booked all the Rabbi of Central Synagogue Manhattan about this moment in our history and the Jewish. To engage in these difficult conversations. What else is in store? And one of my favorite sessions from the AJC virtual global forum was when former deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken from the Obama Administration. Who's now a key adviser to Vice? President Joe Biden had a debate with Katie Macfarlane the former deputy national security adviser in the trump administration about the foreign policies of those two candidates, and we are running that now for people to listen to on people. In two thousand one rabbi Angela booked all became the first Asian American to be ordained as a rabbi, and in two thousand fourteen. She became the first woman to lead Central Synagogue in Manhattan. She has become an influential leader on social justice issues in the reform movement, Rabbi Book. Doll is here with us now to discuss what it means to be a Jew of color in twenty twenty during a global pandemic, and during a watershed moment in race relations rabbi booked all welcome to the show. Thank you so I presume just like the rest of us. You two been working from home as well as worshiping from home during this pandemic am I right? Yes, that's right. So now a lot has happened since we all headed home and we've seen a a worldwide reaction to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis Brianna, Taylor in Louisville. Amman Aubrey in Brunswick, Georgia there has been so much and I'm curious if you have seen this as a turning point in in the quest for racial justice in this country. And how have you addressed that if at all with your congregants? I. Do think that we're going to look back at this moment. As a turning point, God willing and I'm seeing things that make it feel different than other times there have been unjust deaths of unarmed black men and women, and that includes. Passed in the last few weeks that includes a kind of reckoning. The corporations are doing everything from new observances of June eighteenth to a reassessment of their diversity practices and at central. Fortunately, this is not something that we're just waking up. We've been working on issues of systemic racism through the criminal justice system. We've been working on everything from ending cash bail to. We perform services at rutgers, and we do a lot of work around criminal justice reform, but we've also been thinking about our benefits and the diversity of our staff, and how we handle that and I think that in this moment it's not enough to say we're not racist. We support black people that is actually in some ways, honestly a form of neutrality and indifference that actually if we are not actively. Working to dismantle some systems that are in place, and working to actively lift up people of color and businesses and employees. All of that that we are not doing enough. To share that kind of pushback from your congregants, that kind of neutrality argument, if you will that, we're doing what we can. We've made lots of progress Do you hear that kind of argument? And if so, how do you address it? Yes, I mean I, do and and listen. Nobody wants to think of themselves as racists and I don't think my community as a whole harbors, any sort of active racism in the sense, generally speaking of. Treating people poorly that being said I think that we harbor sentiments, end judgements and assumptions that we don't always realize racist within our own community, a half to take stock of the fact that we have black shoes in our community who shared with me especially in recent weeks their experience

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