Here are four ways we can start on the right track to make our communities healthier in 2019 when it comes to audacious hospitality.
April Baskin (she/her), a longtime advocate for Jewish diversity and inclusion, is a graduate of Tufts University, a member of the Selah Leadership Network, and an alumna of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation's Insight Fellowship and Jews United for Justice's Jeremiah Fellowship in Washington, D.C. She most recently served as the vice president of Audacious Hospitality at the Union for Reform Judaism. In addition, she previously served as the national director of resources and training at InterfaithFamily.com and president of the Jewish Multiracial Network.
As we strive for safety and awareness, it’s important to account for the diversity of individuals within our own community. During this time of mourning and heightened sensitivity, it may be easy to forget that our Jewish community comprises individuals who have many identities, including Jews of Color, LGBTQ Jews, and Jews with disabilities, among others.
If you want your congregation to be strong and to thrive, audacious hospitality is not a nicety, it’s a necessity.
The URJ's successful JewV’Nation Fellowship is expanding to include a new LGBTQIA+ cohort – and there's no better time for it.
Connecting with others can be awkward, so we seek out people like us. This strategy can limit our experiences and cut us off from others across lines of difference.