The Silences around Race and Class in Jewish Reconstructionist Movements: A Close Look at Two Reconstructionist Communities

Ms Rachel Hall
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This project will be looking at a mixed race and mixed class community within two Jewish congregations. Both congregations are led by female rabbis, one self identified lesbian rabbi. Both congregations have children of color as well as parents and teachers that identify as lesbian. This study hopes to understand who feels welcomed in this community, and who may not be experiencing a sense of belonging. It also hopes to make clear how this congregation can continue to be more inclusive. Using an ethnographic methodology, the researcher hopes to interview fifteen members of both congregations. One congregation is located in West Newton Ma, and the other in West Roxbury, MA. The population to be interviewed will include rabbis, students, teachers, parents and education directors. The intention of the interviews is to help members articulate their overall comfort level and sense of belonging within the organization, and to decipher what might be preventing them from experiencing a sense of belonging within the community.

Keywords: Judaism, Multicultural, Race, Religious Diversity
Stream: Teaching and Learning, Ethnicity, Difference, Identity, Sexuality, Gender, Families, Religion, Spirituality
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Ms Rachel Hall

Masters Candidate, Cultural Gender Studies, Simmons College

Rachel Hall attended Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. She received her bachelors of arts in psychology, communications, and a focus in women's studies. She is currently studying at Simmons College in Boston. Her focus is the intersections of race, class, and gender and how they manifest in systems of oppression. She is working on her Masters thesis entitled "The Silences around Race and Class in Jewish Reconstructionist Movements." She will complete this project in the Fall of 2005.

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