**Special Early Bird Offer If you register by 4/1 - see registration form for details**

Exploring Racial Bias as White Jews - April 17th, 2016

Have national events over the past couple of years made you more aware of issues of racial bias and racism in the United States?

Are you interested in more deeply exploring the implicit messages you’ve received about race and how they are affecting your thoughts and actions in a space that is both challenging and supportive?

Do you want to discuss the ways that anti-semitism and Jewish histories of oppression inform white American Jewish identity today?

Would you like to have concrete strategies to address racial bias in your personal, professional and Jewish life?


If so, please join us for a day-long workshop exploring these issues and more.


The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Basic terminology related to race, racism and racial bias

  • An opportunity to identify the unique story of why learning about and taking action on this issue is important to each of us

  • The concept of implicit biases, including how we develop them and how we can counteract them

  • An exploration of how white Jewish identity has been shaped by anti-semitism, how anti-semitism intersects with racism, and what that means for white Jews taking action to address racism

  • Frameworks, tools and strategies for addressing implicit racial bias and racism

  • Resources for further learning


This experience is designed for white Jews who are either just beginning or near the beginning of their own exploration of race, racial bias and how it relates to their own lives. [If you’re at a different point in your journey and would be interested in a workshop with similar content, you please be in touch.]


The workshop will be held on Sunday April 17th, 2016 from 10am-5pm near the U Street Metro (address will be provided upon registration).

There is a sliding scale registration fee from $50-200.  The workshop will be limited to a maximum of 20 participants.

If you’re interested in attending, please complete a registration form here by April 10th.


Trainer Bio:  


Suzanne Feinspan is a freelance writer, educator and consultant who loves to think, talk, teach and write about issues of race, equity and social justice. As part of her consulting practice, she also specializes in facilitation, organizational development, and program design. Previously, she served as Deputy Director and Acting Executive Director (among other roles) at AVODAH, an organization which develops and engages a network of over 700 Jewish leaders fighting poverty and promoting social justice in the United States. Through both her work at AVODAH and beyond, Suzanne has designed and implemented hundreds of hours of trainings on racial and social justice issues with a variety of audiences. Suzanne has had articles published by Kveller, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Zeek and eJewishPhilanthropy.  Suzanne holds a Masters Degree in Jewish Studies from the University of Maryland.  She and her husband, Jacob Feinspan, Executive Director of Jews United for Justice, live in Silver Spring, MD with their two children.


What Past Workshop Participants Have Said:


“Suzanne helped me to be open to and aware of my ‘growing edge’ and to lean into it.”

“Of all the sessions I attended, Suzanne’s was the best one, most relevant to my work, and came with an “a-ha!” moment that I’ve already shared with my boss.”

“This workshop was truly life-altering for me.”