Building Inclusive Antioppresive Classroom Communities

North American Jewry is made up of people from a wide range of backgrounds with respect to faith, disability status, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity and more. Learn how to create classrooms and communities that affirm and reflect the actual diversity of the Jewish people.

Date

Jan 13 2022
Expired!

Time

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Labels

2021 Kallah

Speakers

  • Rachel Hall (she/her)
    Rachel Hall (she/her)
    Program Manager, Audacious Hospitality / REDI (Racial Equity, Diversity, Inclusion), Union for Reform Judaism

    Rachel Hall (she/her) serves as a Program Manager for the Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) Audacious Hospitality team, where she reviews URJ content and programing through an anti-oppressive lens, striving to make our organization as inclusive as possible. Rachel is an openly queer Jewish woman from a working-class background who believes our early experiences with race, economic class, gender, ability, and access to power and privilege shape us individually as well as how we relate to various communities. Rachel has over 15 years of nonprofit experience related to racial equity, diversity, and inclusion, with 10 years focused on nonprofit management and leadership development. Rachel has a BA from Clark University in Psychology and Communications & Culture, with a focus in Women’s Studies. She received her MA from Simmons College in Cultural Gender Studies, focusing on race, class, gender, and systems of oppression.

  • Tani Prell (she/her)
    Tani Prell (she/her)
    Chicago Community Director, 18Doors

    Tani Prell (she/her) has her life and career centered around Judaism, education, and the arts, with a commitment to equity and belonging as a thread throughout. She is the Chicago Director for 18Doors, formerly Interfaith Family as well as a racial diversity, equity, and inclusion educator and consultant. She  has her BA in Creative Writing from Macalester College, focusing on Black Literature, and she is a recent graduate student at The Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning focusing on anti-racism in Jewish spaces. Tani is a former Teach for America Corps member, high school arts educator, synagogue education director, and fundraiser at the Art Institute. She has worked extensively with Jewish summer camps, youth groups, and teen programs. Tani also serves on the North American Board of Trustees for the Union for Reform Judaism, aiding in their commitments to DEI. In 2019 Tani was named one of the Jewish Federation of Chicago’s “36 Under 36.”

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