Wednesday, February 1, 2023

VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON: Temple Emanu-El Celebrates Black History Month


In-Person and Virtual
Friday Night Service

February 10 | 6:00 PM



In-Person and Virtual event

February 16 | 7:00 PM
$45 General Admission
$125 Reserved Seating Section
+ (Post Session) Q&A


In-Person and Virtual event

February 22 | 6:30 PM
$25 General Admission
Includes a copy of the book








As we commemorate Black History Month, Temple Emanu-El is honored to welcome to our Friday night Shabbat service one of America’s leading voices in the struggle for racial equity and social justice, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, MacArthur Fellow, National Book Award winner, #1 New York Times bestselling author and founder of the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University.

Weaving together law, history, ethics and science, Dr. Kendi poses provocative questions about what an antiracist society might actually look like and will discuss what we each need to do in order to move beyond awareness of racism to the formation of the truly just and equitable society we, as Jews, are commanded to create.

Tzedek, tzedek tirdof /
צֶ֥דֶק צֶ֖דֶק תִּרְדֹּ֑ף
Justice, Justice, You Shall Pursue
– Deuteronomy 16:20



Nothing about the cosmos fails to excite the boundless enthusiasm of Neil deGrasse Tyson: the atmosphere’s chemistry, Einstein lensing, dark energy, how galaxies cluster — and even the questions we have yet to pose.

In hundreds of lectures, on television and in podcasts, he radiates the wonderment he felt as a 9-year-old kid from the Bronx visiting the Hayden Planetarium for the first time; he was so moved by the imprint of the night sky that he felt called to astronomy by the universe. He’s been drinking in the cosmos ever since and, with the images emerging from the Webb Space Telescope, his thirst has barely been quenched. “As our area of knowledge grows, so too does the perimeter of our ignorance.”

The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Cultural Center is honored to welcome Neil deGrasse Tyson to discuss The Cosmic Perspective. There is no view of the world as emotionally potent as the one granted by a cosmic perspective. It’s one that sees Earth as a planet in a vast empty universe. It profoundly influences what we think and feel about science, culture, politics, and life itself.

An astrophysicist and Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is America’s most renowned translator of science for popular culture. Author of 18 books, host of NOVA, Cosmos and documentary films, he has received dozens of awards, including NASA’s Distinguished Public Service Medal, and was selected as one of “The 10 Most Influential People in Science” by Discover magazine.



The Nazis taught that Jews were untermenschen, the Indians taught that the Dalit were “untouchable” and Americans taught that Blacks were congenitally inferior. Such assumptions have defined human history for millennia.

In her latest book, Caste, Pulitzer Prize-winner Isabel Wilkerson dives deep into the pillars that underlie such systems, from divine will to heredity, putting human faces on the power of human rankings. In selecting Caste for her book club, Oprah Winfrey proclaimed it to be the most essential volume she’d ever chosen. The New York Times called it an “instant classic.” And it jumped to the top of bestseller lists for months.

Upon the release of the paperback edition, Wilkerson joins us to discuss the enduring potency of such hierarchies of human value including America’s unacknowledged system of rigid, inherited social stratification and its parallels in India and Nazi Germany, which mimicked America’s race laws in its early approaches to the “Jewish Problem.”

The first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in journalism, Wilkerson is the author of The Warmth of Other Suns, named to Time’s 10 Best Nonfiction Books of the Decade and to The New York Times Magazine’s Best Nonfiction of All Time.



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