B’nai Sholom’s Adult Education and Social Action Committees Present:
A Historical Perspective of Black and Jewish Relations
Featuring the documentary SHARED LEGACIES streaming May 1-4, 2021
Following the film, on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 7 p.m. ZOOM with:
Reggie Harris and Rabbi Jonathan Kligler, long-time collaborators who have worked to bring their communities together, will lead a discussion of the film and its meaning for our lives today.
The evening will be moderated by B’nai Sholom President Julie Novkov, author of Racial Union, which explores the phenomenon of ethnic and cultural pluralism and was the co- recipient of the American Political Science Association’s 2009 Ralph Bunche Award for the best scholarly work in political science.
Shared Legacies has been featured in virtually every Jewish film festival since its 2020 debut. The crucial historical lessons of Black and Jewish cooperation are revisited in this utterly fascinating urgent call to action. In the turbulent ’60s Civil Rights era, Jewish leaders like Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel made common cause with Dr. King’s efforts at racial equality and harmony. Pivotal events come alive through a treasure trove of archival materials, narrated by eyewitnesses, activists, Holocaust survivors and leaders of the movement. With divisive seeds of hate taking root anew in the American landscape, a new generation also affirms their pledge to actively promote the values of social justice. This potent, inspiring story shows that freedom and equality for all can be achieved only when people come together. (95 minutes)
Reggie Harris – Singer-songwriter, storyteller, passionate performer and educator continues to be committed to the power of song and narrative in making social change and is a 2021 recipient of the W.E.B. Dubois Legacy Award and the Spirit of Folk Award from Folk Alliance International.
Reggie’s unique personal story has led to a New York Times article, “When The Toppled Statue Is Your Great, Great, Great Grandfather,” and an appearance on CNN’s “Silence Is Not An Option” with Don Lemon. For over 40 years he has committed his life to creating opportunities for intersectional engagement with audiences of all ages, increasing the awareness of social justice issues and the struggle for human rights. His recordings are available on all major music platforms. www.ReggieHarrisMusic.com
Rabbi Jonathan Kligler – Rabbi Jonathan has been the spiritual leader of Kehillat Lev Shalem – Woodstock Jewish Congregation since 1988. That period also more or less spans his ongoing friendship and collaboration with Reggie Harris.
In 2006, along with Dr. Kim Harris, Reggie and Jonathan released the CD entitled “Let My People Go: A Jewish and African American Celebration of Freedom.” Since that time Reggie and Jonathan, frequently with Kim as well, have performed and presented at churches, synagogues and other venues throughout the U.S. as well as in Europe. Rabbi Jonathan has been a leader in racial justice work in the Hudson Valley and in building alliances between the Jewish and the African American communities.
Register by contacting the office for the streaming and Zoom links.