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Activate Diversity - Unity in Diversity: Challenging Antisemitism through Dialogue

Co-Sponsor: ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice  
Held January 11, 2024
Recording available soon

Words hold power. In today's geopolitical climate, certain phrases, especially those related to Israel and to the Jewish people, can unintentionally cause harm and lead to violence. This program aims to shed light on the interpretation of some common phrases we are hearing today and how to encourage effective dialogue to foster mutual understanding.  In addressing some of the antisemitic tropes and stereotypes that Jewish people face, especially in today's charged political climate, this program will provide concrete takeaways to activate action towards combating antisemitism in an effort to advance respectful dialogue.

Panelists

Rabbi Cindy Enger

Lewis R. Gordon
Philosophy Department
University of Connecticut

Scott Levin
Regional Director
Anti-Defamation League
Mountain States Region

Moderators

Louis "Jamie" Boston, Jr.
Special Advisor, GPSolo Diversity Board

H. Nicole Werkmeister
GPSolo Council Member-at-Large

Rabbi Cindy G. Enger

Rabbi Cindy Enger is a visionary teacher and spiritual guide, who compassionately inspires her students to journey courageously and deeply into relationship with text, community, and the truth of their experience.

An ordained rabbi, Cindy has worked with individuals, congregations, and organizations across North America. She served as rabbi and spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Israel in Bellingham, Washington, and Congregation Or Chadash in Chicago. She directed the Jewish Program at FaithTrust Institute, a multifaith organization working nationally with clergy and congregations to end sexual and domestic violence. Cindy also provided innovative leadership as the Director of Rabbinic Placement/Career Services for the Central Conference of American Rabbis (the rabbinical organization for the Reform Movement in Judaism), introducing deep spirituality to the rabbinic placement process and implementing policies and practices to advance equity in the rabbinic search and hiring process.

Prior to entering the rabbinate, Cindy worked as an attorney in Chicago, first at McDermott, Will & Emery and later as an Assistant Public Guardian advocating on behalf of abused and neglected children and disabled adults.

In addition to her rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, Cindy holds a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University. Her lifelong commitment to learning has included writing workshops, Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training, and Clinical Pastoral Education. She recently participated in the InnerMBA through Sounds True and Mindful NYU and the Capra Course: the Systems View of Life. She is currently engaged in a project on nurturing spiritual leadership in a healing world.

Cindy shares, “Song, poetry, food from local farmers' markets, prayer, contemplative practice, and walking on the trails along the Bronx River and other places feed my soul and body and nurture me every day on the spiritual journey. I hold deep appreciation and respect for the challenges, magnificence and grace in the processes of transition, reinvention and healing and work personally and with others on the soul's journey in these domains.”

Cindy resides in Westchester County, New York. She enjoys bike riding, kayaking, and gardening and delights in hiking with Maximus, her Great Pyrenees dog.

Lewis R. Gordon

Lewis R. Gordon is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Global Affairs at the University of Connecticut and Distinguished Scholar at The Most Honourable PJ Patterson Centre for Africa-Caribbean Advocacy at The University of the West Indies, Mona. He was previously the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Philosophy at Temple University, where he founded the Center for Afro-Jewish Studies, and Brown University, where he founded and chaired the Department of Africana Studies. His recent books include Freedom, Justice, and Decolonization (Routledge, 2021);  Fear of Black Consciousness (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2022); and Black Existentialism and Decolonizing Knowledge: Writings of Lewis R. Gordon (Bloomsbury, 2023). 

Scott Levin

Scott Levin is the Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Mountain States Region.  He assumed this position in December of 2010, after retiring from nearly 30 years as a successful trial attorney.  Scott is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of George Washington University and graduated from the University of Denver College of Law where he was a national moot court finalist.  Prior to joining ADL’s professional staff, he was a member of its Board of Directors and the recipient of ADL’s 2010 Torch of Liberty Award.  Scott is a member of the State of Colorado’s Peace Officer and Safety and Training Board and has been the Chair and/or member of several non-profit boards and commissions including the Metropolitan State University of Denver Foundation, Rose Community Foundation, the City and County of Denver’s Equity and Reconciliation Taskforce, the Denver Jewish Day School, JEWISHcolorado, Stepping Stones, and Congregation Emanuel.

Scott is a frequent speaker and writer on civil rights issues.  He has authored many articles, is regularly interviewed by the media, and has testified on numerous occasions before the Colorado Legislature. 

The Activate Diversity programs do not meet the requirements for continuing legal education (CLE) accreditation. You will not receive CLE credit for participating.

The opinions and views expressed herein are solely those of the presenters and participants and should not be construed to be those of the American Bar Association nor the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division.