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Juneteenth Through the Eyes of Jews of Color
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Juneteenth Through the Eyes of Jews of Color

June 17 2021, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Come listen to Black Jewish leaders in the Conservative movement share their stories and perspectives about Juneteenth – a holiday that marks the date when news of emancipation reached the last remaining enslaved people on 6/19/1865. Today, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement.

Join us as four panelists share their personal stories about what Juneteenth means to each of them, and consider its relevance to all of us. Hosted by the Tzedek Initiative and Congregation Agudath Israel, with support from the JTS Hendel Center for Ethics and Justice.

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Rafi Forbush is Youth Director at Beth Jacob Congregation in Mendota Heights, Minnesota and founder of the Multiracial Jewish Association of Minnesota which focuses on creating a space for Jews of color to connect to one another through the community, education, and advocacy.

Heather Miller, President of the Flatbush Jewish Center in Brooklyn, NY is an educator and future rabbi who is passionate about creating embracing spaces in both the religious and secular parts of her life.

Dr. Tameika Minor is Assistant Professor in Clinical Mental Health Counseling-Rehabilitation Counseling at Rutgers University and a member of Congregation Beth El in Voorhees, NJ. She has served on the Beth El Sisterhood Board and is currently the secretary of Achim Sheli: My Brothers and Sisters.

Kendell Pinkney is a Brooklyn based theatre-maker, Jewish-life consultant, and rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary where he is a Wexner/Davidson Fellow. Rabbinic fellow for the Jewish arts and culture organizations Reboot and LABA, he serves on the Spiritual Direction team at Ammud: The Jews of Color Torah Academy.


Rabbi Ari Lucas has been Associate Rabbi since 2018 and will become its Senior Rabbi as of July 1, 2021 at Congregation Agudath Israel.  He is passionate about deep Jewish learning and practice, and enthusiastic about building Jewish community, one relationship at a time.

Introductory Remarks

Ruth Messinger  is the inaugural Finkelstein Fellow at the Hendel Center at JTSA, working on issues of social justice. She is the former CEO of American Jewish World Service and a former NYC elected official.

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