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Eshel Thursday Happy Hour!
June 4 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Join Us For
Two Important Conversations
During Eshel Thursday Happy Hour
4 PM ET – 3 PM CT – 1 PM PT
with Guest Speaker Rabbi Daniel Geretz and Yavilah McCoy
Rabbi Geretz is the rabbi of Maayan, an Orthodox minyan in West Orange, NJ. He also works for the Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest NJ as a chaplain at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, New Jersey.
A native Minnesotan who grew up in the Jewish community on the Northside of Minneapolis, Rabbi Geretz remembers the “long hot summer” of racial tension and civil unrest. He will discuss the need for listening to each other, and how we, as members and family of the LGBTQ+ Orthodox community, can use our experience to understand experiences outside of our own.
Join us next week, June 11, with guest speaker Yavilah McCoy
Yavilah McCoy, is the CEO of the Diversity consulting group DIMENSIONS Inc. Through Dimensions, Yavilah services an international portfolio of clients in the areas of Education, Philanthropy, and Social Justice. As an anti-racism activist with an international platform, Yavilah provides training and consulting to numerous social justice projects that span multiple identities and communities.
Yavilah serves on the steering committee of the national Women’s March and has been a core part of many large-scale national movement teams, bringing a uniquely intersectional perspective to the ongoing work of racial justice and collective liberation. Yavilah is a pioneer of the Jewish diversity and equity movement and is an advocate and mentor for the empowerment of a transglobal community of Jews of Color. Yavilah was an inaugural recipient of the Spielberg Foundation’s Joshua Venture Fellowship and directed the launch of the “Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project” for Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the Ruderman Family Foundation. Yavilah also directed the Bronfman Philanthropy’s Curriculum Initiative in Boston, where she provided educational consultancy to 600 prep schools across the nation.
Yavilah was voted one of “16 Faith Leaders to Watch” by the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, is a certified coach for the Auburn Theological Seminary’s Pastoral Coach Training Program and an inaugural fellow of the Sojourner Truth Leadership Circle. Yavilah is a renowned national speaker, educator, and spiritual practitioner and in celebration of the musical traditions passed down to her from three generations of her African-American Jewish family, is also the writer, producer and performer of the Jewish Gospel theatrical production “The Colors of Water.”