Partnership: Edmonton Beit Midrash

Join us or a series of five in-person workshops on racism and antisemitism in Edmonton. 

You will meet facilitators of diverse backgrounds who will guide our discussions about identity and racism, and learn about healing from racial trauma. We will engage in cultural teachings and spiritual practices that celebrate our shared community. Each session will hold time for personal reflection, using the sacred art of the mandala.  

The workshops are free and open to everyone over 18. Registration is required.

Session 1.  Defining Your Cultural Identity (Thursday, Oct 5, ‎‎2023, 6-8 pm)  

Session 2.  History of Racism (Thursday, Oct 12, 2023, 6-8 pm) 

Session 3. Healing from Racial Trauma (Thursday, Oct 19, 2023, 6-8 pm)      

Session 4.  Embracing the Other (Thursday, Oct 26, 2023, 6-8 pm)                   

Session 5. Celebrating Community (Thursday, Nov 2, 2023, 6-8 pm)  

Background

The Edmonton Beit Midrash is a local collaboration offering workshops about racism and antisemitism to Jewish and other ethnocultural and religious communities.
The name Beit Midrash, a House of Learning in Hebrew, was chosen to signify active and engaged learning in a Jewish context.

The Edmonton Beit Midrash started in 2020 with a few Jewish friends discussing their views and experiences of antisemitism and racism in Edmonton. The group grew to include a diverse group of academics, social workers, community workers, a rabbi, and two partner organizations: Jewish Family Services and Temple Beth Ora. In 2022, the Jewish Federation of Edmonton joined the collaboration.

 

Beit Midrash Workshops 2021-2022

In 2021, the Edmonton Beit Midrash offered the first series of workshops. Titled Edmonton Beit Midrash: A Shared Local Learning Space to Contend with Antisemitism and Racism, the online workshops provided community members with an opportunity to share their experiences. Read more about our first workshops on Antisemitism and Racism.

In 2022, the group continued the conversations by offering a series of five in-person workshops. The topics included Jewish identity and belonging, learning about racism and antisemitism, and how to respond to hate. Read more in Alberta Jewish News.

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