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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 joining the Kulanu initiative, 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 kulanu@bethelohim.org. 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. Check back for future programming, including an event in April.
    • Participate in Kulanu webinars.  At CBE: The webinar schedule is below. Please note that special registration is required. Email kulanu@bethelohim.org for instructions.
    • 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 in June 2023, 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 kulanu@bethelohim.org. To learn about upcoming events, check Star-Lite or Na'aseh News.

How to report antisemitic incidents or hate speech

All incidents at CBE should first be reported to the CBE Security team at security@bethelohim.org. For incidents elsewhere in the community, contact kulanu@bethelohim.org or any member of the working group. We can offer support and assistance in determining an appropriate response.

CBE Events

CBE events are open to the public.

Congregation Beth Elohim sponsored events:

ADL Webinars

ADL events require  registration is required in advance. Links provided as available.. 

ADL Core Zoom Webinars:

  • Engaging Young Adults in the Fight: What You Need to Know • Wednesday, March 15, 2023 • 7:00 – 8:30 pm
    Register here
  • Kulanu Closing Program Call - Wednesday, June 21, 2023 at 2:00 pm ET Register here.

ADL Ask Me Anything Zoom Sessions: 

  • Center on Extremism and Law Enforcement • Tuesday, February 7, 2023 • 2:00 – 3:30 pm • Register here.
  • Education and International Affairs • Tuesday, March 28, 2023 • 2:00-3:30 pm (link not currently available)

ADL Resources

Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) virtual event

  • Enough is enough: A community conversation on antisemitism — Monday, February 13 | 7:00 p.m. ET (online)
    Bold Conversations to examine the state of Jew hate, both nationally and within our Greater Boston community. We’ll also 
    provide a deeper dive into the 5-point plan we’ve created alongside communal partners to combat antisemitism in all its forms. Register here.

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! 

Tue, February 7 2023 16 Shevat 5783