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August 2020

An Invitation to POWER 101

August 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join the BZBI community to learn about POWER - Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild, an interfaith organization that is a leader in advancing racial, economic and social justice for all in Philadelphia, Southeastern and Central PA. Come hear from POWER leaders and fellow BZBI congregants about POWER's work and our plans to get involved with POWER's non-partisan voter engagement activities this fall. Share your vision for how BZBI can work to advance social justice in our community and…

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September 2020

BZBI Anti-Racism Reading Group: Caste

September 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Through study and discussion, the BZBI anti-racism reading group explores how to be more sensitive to racism, how to challenge systems that perpetuate racism, and how to be better allies to our Black siblings and neighbors. In the month of September, our reading group will be reading Caste  -- the new book by Pulitzer Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson.  The book is an examination of the laws and practices that created a bipolar caste system in the U.S. — and…

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October 2020

BZBI/POWER Get Out the Vote Infosession

October 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

As the voting process for November 3 gets increasingly complex due to COVID-19, now is the time to Get Out the Vote! Join us Monday, October 5 to learn the ins and outs of virtual phone banking, and make a plan to sign up for POWER phonebanking shifts with other BZBI members. Please register here.

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Sukkat Shalom – BZBI Housing Justice Initiative

October 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Wednesday evening, October 7, 7:00 PM Rabbi Annie Lewis will moderate a diverse panel including people who have experienced homelessness, together with others who are working to alleviate homelessness. The panelists will answer the question: "What would you like fellow Philadelphians to know/understand about issues of homelessness and housing in our city at this time?" Register for this special Zoom event here. Panelists: Martin Wiley, Service Learning Program Coordinator for Project HOME (PH), works with schools, student groups, individual youth,…

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Sukkat Shalom Service Opportunities

In keeping with BZBI's theme of Homelessness and Housing Justice, we invite you to participate in two direct service projects to help people facing home insecurity right here in Philadelphia. Project Home, a well known agency in the city is in need of many in-kind donations to support their clients. You can help by directly donating items through their Amazon Wish List. You can find the list here. We'd like to track what BZBI members have given, so if you…

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Reverend Dr. Kimberlee Johnson on Prison Education

October 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We were blessed to welcome Rev. Dr. Kimberlee A. Johnson on December 17 to share a D'var Torah with us. She spoke movingly about the "Middle of the Story" and her work with Eastern University's Prison Education Program. We invite you to visit www.eastern.edu/prisoned and follow the program on Facebook and Instagram: @EUprisoned. You may also be interested in her 2018 article on lynching, mentioned in the sermon. Reverend Johnson will be returning for a follow up conversation about her work.…

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November 2020

Sisterhood Monthly Planning Meeting

November 2 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 8:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until February 8, 2021

The sisterhood holds its monthly meeting on the first Monday of every month.  Join us! Click to register on Zoom for the next meeting. Questions? Send a note through our Contact Us form.

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Anti-Racism Book Club Meeting: What the Truth Sounds Like

November 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The next book for our anti-Racism discussion group will be “What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America” by Michael Eric Dyson. In May 1963 Attorney General Robert Kennedy sought out James Baldwin to explain the rage that then to engulf black America. Baldwin brought along some friends, including playwright Lorraine Hansberry, psychologist Kenneth Clark, artists Harry Belafonte and Lena Horne, and activist Jerome Smith. RFK is said to have left…

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Interfaith Philadelphia Listening and Sharing Circles

Interfaith Philadelphia and the Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia are opening virtual Listening and Sharing Circles for 12 days following the election. Join a 30-minute circle for sacred sharing and listening with the people of our region.  We invite community members to share what is on their hearts and minds – and to stay connected - as we stand together in the sacred purpose of building a strong, compassionate, and just region. Listening & Sharing Circles will be held DAILY…

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Postponed: Guy Triano, Regional CEO, American Red Cross

November 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Less than six blocks from BZBI is the Eastern Pennsylvania regional office of the American Red Cross, whose 1,500 volunteers and staff quietly prepare for disasters in the region. From the 2015 Amtrak train derailment to the 2018 Eagles Victory Parade, to our current civil unrest, the Red Cross has been in the background, with the resources in place to respond quickly if the worst occurs. Guy Triano is our regional CEO and will join BZBI to discuss the mission…

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