Behind the Headlines: Special ToI Panel for Black History Month

Dear Times of Israel Community member,

Tune in now (or on-demand) for the next episode of the Behind the Headlines interview series, exclusive to The Times of Israel Community. As we honor Black History Month, we speak to members of the Black and Jewish communities about their experiences, their struggles, and their visions for the future.

ToI Community is proud to present “Circles of Trust: How Black and Jewish Communities Can Fight Together for Change.”

Ed Gaskin: Times of Israel readers may be familiar with Ed Gaskin through his stunning blog post on The Times of Israel, “After the Tree of Life tragedy, I went to Shabbat services and never stopped.” Gaskin still attends services at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, Massachusetts, as well as the Roxbury Presbyterian Church in Roxbury, Mass. Gaskin has an M. Div. degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and graduated as a Martin Trust Fellow from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He has published several books on a range of topics with social justice themes, was a co-organizer of the first faith-based initiative on reducing gang violence at the National Press Club in Washington DC., and has taught a seminary class on the topic of Christianity and the problem of racism for over 25 years. 

Ginna Green: Ginna Green is a political strategist, writer, movement-builder, and consultant, and Partner and Chief Strategy Officer at Uprise. A Schusterman Senior Fellow and a Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance Notable Woman, Ginna is also a Fellow at the Kogod Research Center of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and sits on the boards of Women’s March, Political Research Associates, the Jews of Color Initiative, Bend the Arc, and the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable. She is a frequent speaker and writer on democracy, race, racism in the Jewish community, Jewish community diversity, and leadership.

Rabbi Shais Rishon: Also known as MaNishtana, Rishon is an author, writer, educator, playwright, rabbi, and public speaker, whose work on racial and religious identity & culture – and how their intersections manifest in America – takes prejudice, bias, and ignorance head-on, asking the questions about humanity, race, religion, and social injustice that we all have (and maybe are afraid to talk about), with gut-punching insight and gut-busting sarcasm. In February 2018, Rishon earned his first Orthodox rabbinical ordination. He lives in New York with his family.

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