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‘A Courageous Conversation on Intersectionality with A Wider Bridge’

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Date(s) - 05/03/2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


A Courageous Conversation on Intersectionality with A Wider Bridge

What is intersectionality? What does it mean to have allies and to be an ally? Are progressive networks still friendly terrain for Jews and friends of Israel?

A Wider Bridge (AWB) brings people of all faiths and sexual orientations and gender identities to the table to stand for justice, demand Equality for Israel, and secure Equality in Israel. Join AWB, 10 Days of Connection, and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Broward County, for a Courageous Conversation on Intersectionality featuring Rev. Shanea D. Leonard and Rabbi Denise L. Eger, will discuss, in conversation with Evan Goldman, intersecting identities, how the Jewish community fights for racial justice, and how we have complex conversations in intersectional networks. The two faith leaders traveled to Israel together in 2019 with AWB Executive Director Ethan Felson.

Rev. Shanea D. Leonard, B.A., M.Div., a native of Philadelphia, is a social justice pastor and modern-day abolitionist. Rev. Leonard has been an ordained minister for 15 years serving not only in parish leadership but also in public justice and advocacy work. They serve as the National Associate for Gender and Racial Justice for the Presbyterian Church (USA). Rev. Leonard Is the moderator of the Pastor’s Council for the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries and past board chair of New Voices for Reproductive Justice. They feel especially called to marginalized populations and people on the fringes of society whom others don’t even see.

Rabbi Denise L. Eger (She/her) is the founding Sr. Rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami in West Hollywood, CA. She is an internationally known religious leader who is an activist noted for women’s rights, LGBTQ Rights and human rights. She was the first openly LGBTQ person to be  president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. She is a founding member of the Religion and Faith Council of the Human Rights Campaign and a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute. Rabbi Eger is the editor and author of three books: Gender and Religious Leadership: Women Rabbis, Ministers and Pastors (Rowman & Littlefield 2019) and Mishkan Ga’avah Where Pride Dwells A Celebration of LGBTQ Jewish Life and Riutal (CCARPRESS, 2020) and Mishkan Ga’avah Study Guide (CCARPRESS 2021).
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