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The Kulanu "All of us" Program and Congregation Beth Elohim

Kulanu is a Hebrew word meaning "all of us".

It takes all of us to address antisemitism, discrimination, and hate speech. That’s why Congregation Beth Elohim, along with over a hundred other synagogues across the country, has joined the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Kulanu initiative.

The program is focused on combatting antisemitism though advocacy, community engagement, and education.

ADL’s mission for the past century has been “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all."   Today ADL continues to fight all forms of antisemitism and bias, using innovation and partnerships to drive impact.

In initially joining the Kulanu initiative in 2022 and recommitting for 2023, , Congregation Beth Elohim (CBE) has committed to:

  • Form a working group that oversees Kulanu programming in your community in partnership with a professional or clergy liaison.  At CBE: Our working group is led by Bob Ferrara, Sarah Coletti, and Matt Liebman, and is reachable at Rabbi David is our clergy liaison.
    • Promote reporting of antisemitic and bias incidents to ADL.   At CBE: Our group is developing a local protocol for reporting local incidents as well as sharing ADL information on reporting these incidents.
    • Implement two programs or initiatives, one of which engages an external audience beyond your synagogue community. At CBE: Our first program was a Brotherhood Breakfast with Rabbi Ron Fish of ADL on December 18.  We also sponsored a March 27 conversation with local parents and Acton-Boxborough School administrators on how to respond to incidents at school.  Additional programs are being planned . 
    • Participate in Kulanu webinars.  At CBE:  Members of the Kulanu organizing team have participated in multiple Kulanu seminars and, when a seminar is open to the wider public, shared registration information to others.  
    • Engage in a community of practice for at least two meetings. At CBE: The committee is working to define this goal. Please watch the Star-lite and The Star for updates. And let the committee know if you have ideas.
    • Share impact at the end of the program.  At CBE:  We will develop a summary at the end of the formal program and also strive to continue our activities afterward. 

How you can participate

The Kulanu working group meets regularly. If you wish to join the working group or simply get more information about our activities,  please email To learn about upcoming events, check Star-Lite or Na'aseh News.


How to report antisemitic incidents or hate speech

To report an antisemitic or hate speech incident directed towards Congregation Beth Elohim members or property, CBE members can respond by logging into Beth Elohim portal and then going to Security - Incident Report Form under the Members tab. This form is only available once a member of CBE is logged in.

Non-members can email with incident details and the CBE security team will enter the report into the Beth Elohim system.  

Once confirmed, the incident report will be forwarded to the Anti-Defamation League.  

For incidents elsewhere in the community, people can contact or any member of the Kulanu working group. We can offer support and assistance in determining an appropriate response. Witnesses may also choose to report an incident directly to the Anti-Defamation League at

CBE Events

CBE events are open to the public.

Congregation Beth Elohim sponsored events:

Monday, March 27, 2023.  Around 60 students, parents, school staff, and concerned CBE congregants gathered Monday night to discuss with school and town officials the antisemitism experienced by CBE children.

Additional Resource

“How to Talk with Your Preteen and Teen Grandchildren about Antisemitism”,  a video by journalist Mark Oppenheimer hosted by the Jewish Grandparents’ Network. 

Thank you for all your help and support! 

Fri, September 29 2023 14 Tishrei 5784