Jewish Coalition for Racial Equity plans virtual conference


The St. Louis Jewish community is coming together for facilitated conversations on race, racism and bias. The goal is to listen, learn and take steps towards refuah (healing). Rabbis from across the region will be joined by nationally recognized speakers and local leaders.

The virtual conference sessions, who were organized by the Jewish Coalition for Racial Equity, a committee of the Jewish Community Relations Council with members representing Jewish organizations and congregations across the region, will take place on five consecutive Sundays, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., beginning this Sunday, Oct. 18. The sessions will be recorded and available if you are unable to join the conversation live.

Schedule Details:

  • Sunday, Oct. 18, 10- 11:30 a.m.: Keynote – Yavilah McCoy
  • Sunday, Oct. 25, 10-11:30 a.m.: Koach Baruch Frazier & Tariro Nussinov Present “Rooted in Transformation”
  • Sunday, Nov. 1, 10-11:30 a.m.: Our Divided City: The History of Black and Jewish Neighborhoods
  • Sunday, Nov.8, 10-11:30 a.m.: Marc Dollinger Presents “1619, 1654, 2020: Jews and Racism”
  • Sunday, Nov. 15, 10-11:30 a.m.: Our Role Moving Forward

Speakers include:

  • Yavilah McCoy CEO, Dimensions – Jewish Diversity and Inclusion Consulting Group
  • Koach Baruch Frazier — Reconstructionist Rabbinical Student, Activist
  • Tariro Nussinov — PhD Candidate, USC, Educational Psychology
  • Marc Dollinger — Author, Black Power, Jewish Politics
  • Shahanna McKinney-Baldon, Director, Edot Midwest Regional Jewish Diversity Collaborative
  • Dan Krasnoff, Cultural Resources Office Director, St. Louis City

Tickets are $36 for access to all sessions and each participant will receive a special package delivered to their house that will help guide them.  There are still a handful of scholarship tickets available at no charge as well.

For more details or to purchase tickets, click here.

Conference sponsors:

  • ADL Heartland
  • AJC
  • B’nai Amoona Congregation
  • Central Reform Congregation
  • Congregation Shaare Emeth
  • Congregation Temple Israel
  • Crown Center for Senior Living
  • Cultural Leadership
  • Edot: The Midwest Regional Jewish Diversity Collaborative
  • Holocaust Museum and Learning Center
  • Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis
  • Jewish Federation of St. Louis
  • MaTovu
  • National Council of Jewish Women – St. Louis
  • NextDor
  • Nishmah
  • Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community
  • United Hebrew Congregation
  • Washington University Hillel