August 20th Opportunity

Oasis Songs: Musings from Rav D
Friday, August 14, 2020 / 24 Av 5780

I have been away on a Writing Retreat in preparation for the High Holidays, and my Oasis Songs column will return next week.

Before that, I did want to alert you to an opportunity for this coming Thursday, August 20th. As part of Neveh Shalom’s commitment to learning more about Portland’s African American community, deepening our knowledge of the forms of racism and taking steps to combat racism, I have been having numerous conversations with Black leaders and working on programming opportunities for us this coming year (after the High Holidays).

One of the groups we are partnering with is Race Talks. Founded by Donna Maxey almost decade ago, this was the first organization in Portland to provide regular space for people to learn about and to develop connections with people from different backgrounds in a cross-cultural setting. Donna and I have been talking and developing on-going programming for CNS in this coming year.

The particular topic of this month’s Race Talks is something on most parents’ minds—how safe is it for my child to return to school? If you would like to participate, please see the bottom of the image, which provides FB live and registration information. The link there is being updated, so if it still takes you to the July events, please check back at the beginning of next week.

Hope you are doing well and enjoying some of our beautiful PNW summer!

Shabbat shalom,

Rav D

If you’d like to continue this discussion, follow this link to CNS’s Facebook page to share your own perspectives on the topics raised in this week’s Oasis Songs. Comments will be moderated as necessary.

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