Diversity and Inclusion Within Our Jewish Communities: A Conversation with Tema Smith

October 18, 2021
Jewish Communal Diversity and Inclusion with Tema Smith
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Diversity and Inclusion Within Our Jewish Communities: A Conversation with Tema Smith

What does equity look like in Jewish spaces, and how has this conversation evolved in recent years? How do our identities and lived experiences inform this work? The 2020 Pew Study on American Jewish Life cited an increasingly diverse American Jewish community. Join us in conversation with writer Tema Smith as we explore what it means to develop inclusive Jewish communities. This is part one of a two part speaker series on Teaching for Equity and Justice in the context of Jewish Education.


In this workshop you will:

  1. Engage in conversation with writer Tema Smith about diversity and inclusion within Jewish communities
  2. Explore themes of identity and membership as they relate to the communities to which your students belong
  3. Connect with other teachers from across Facing History’s network



Tema Smith is a diversity advocate, writer and Jewish community builder. She is currently the Director of Professional Development at 18Doors (formerly InterfaithFamily) an organization that empowers people in interfaith relationships to engage in Jewish life and make Jewish choices, and encourages Jewish communities to welcome them. This comes after seven years as a synagogue professional, most recently as the Director of Community Engagement at Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto’s oldest synagogue.


Tema is also a contributing columnist at The Forward whose writing has been published in MyJewishLearning, the Globe and Mail, and the Canadian Jewish News. Tema is dedicated to building a meaningful and inclusive Jewish community through research, training, writing and relational engagement work.


Over the past ten years, Tema has also worked to advance the conversation on racially diverse Judaism.

October 18, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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