Who can say what a community loses when members feel obliged to hide, or to leave the community due to persecution from the larger majority? Both the Black community and the Jewish community here in the United States have felt these pressures, and both communities have worked together to aid one another, years ago.
So, how do we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us today, and to come and work together, for all of us?
I believe that attention to shared histories of institution building in DC helped, may provide part of an answer. I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:
” … conductor on the Underground Railroad. Jewish families sometimes switched from Ohev Shalom to the reform Washington Hebrew Congregation in order “to
be more American.” Most members of the Negro…
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