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MLK shabbat 2021


Make a difference, and make our community stronger!

Join us for MLK Shabbat: The Path to an Anti-Racist Austin Jewish Community.

We're committing to understanding oppression, starting at home. Join our ongoing, community-wide social justice efforts.


When you participate in the events of MLK Weekend, you can expect to:

  • Develop foundational knowledge about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and anti-racism from a Jewish perspective
  • Center the voices of Jews of Color to understand the challenges and opportunities of Jewish belonging
  • Be inspired to chart a durable, ongoing path of anti-racist practices, both personally and within the Austin Jewish community
  • Make individual commitments to anti-racism learning and action
  • Learn about Aspirational Community Anti-Racist Goals, drafted by Jews of Color nationwide:  Not Free to Desist: Reimagining Our Collective Jewish Covenant .

Please consider donating to support MLK Shabbat programming and related follow-on community programs in order to broaden and deepen our anti-racist initiatives in our communities. Support will go towards underwriting honoraria for speakers and future social justice programming for the Austin Jewish Community.

Schedule of Events


Friday, Jan. 15

6:30 p.m.

Erev Shabbat Service With Keynote Discussion

Tune in for a keynote discussion between Rabbi Alan Freedman and Congregation Beth Israel President-Elect Sarah Schick, moderated by Lindsey Newman, Be'chol Lashon Community Engagement Director.

Livestream the service (no registration needed)



Saturday, Jan. 16

1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Be'chol Lashon Program

Register for the Zoom meeting

Join our Austin Jewish community for an interactive discussion facilitated by Be’chol Lashon Director of Community Engagement Lindsey Newman. Together we will focus on how our Jewish values can help us strengthen a multiracial community rooted in racial justice and reflect on how implicit bias and behaviors create barriers to cultural competence.


Sunday, Jan. 17

2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

For Congregation Beth Israel Members: Chavuraction Circles, Cohort Bet Launch.

CBI members are invited to sign up to participate in the second cohort (cohort bet) of CBI’s Chavruaction Circles. The purpose of the program is to gather in small groups for anti-racist learning and action. Groups receive approximately 1-2 hours of pre-meeting study assignments and meet once a month for 2 hours. Cohorts run for an initial six months with opportunity to continue meeting after. CBI members, register hereQuestions? Contact Mindy Lee at



Anti-Racist Resources


Be'chol Lashon is our partner organization for this weekend's events. Please explore their resources:

Be'chol Lashon's Mission

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day & Black History Month
Use these resources to develop the tools to talk about race.

Be'chol Lashon's Research on Global Judaism

A Be'chol Lashon publication that gives voice to the racial, ethnic and cultural diversity of Jewish identity and experience.

How Be'chol Lashon Educates on Diversity

How Be'chol Lashon Affirms That Black Lives Matter

All Be'chol Lashon Resources


After MLK Shabbat: What's Next?


Fri, May 14 2021 3 Sivan 5781