The Bet Alef Learning Institute (BALI) was created to expand our community’s commitment to education, spirituality and tikkun olam (healing the world).
BALI welcomes Bet Alef members and those in the greater community to participate together by presenting guest teachers who speak on meaningful and wide-ranging topics and by offering events that encourage a more inclusive understanding of our world.
2017 BALI event:
Join us Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 PM to ask “What does it mean to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless yet is deeply divided by race?” Dr. DiAngelo will describe the way race shapes the lives of White people, explain what makes racism so hard for White people to see, and identify common White racial patterns that prevent us from moving towards greater racial equity. Weaving information, analysis, stories, images, and familiar examples, she provides the framework needed to develop white racial literacy. Although the focus is on white racial identity development, people of color may also find the analysis valuable as it is one that is rarely affirmed or provided in mainstream society.
Dr. Robin DiAngelo is a former Associate Professor of Education. She is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year from the University of Washington. Her scholarship is in White Racial Identity and Race Relations. In addition to her academic work, Dr. DiAngelo has extensive experience as a workplace consultant in issues of race relations and racial justice. She was appointed to co-design the City of Seattle’s Race & Social Justice Initiative Training. She has numerous publications and just completed the 2nd edition of her book, “What Does it Mean to be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy. Her work on White Fragility has influenced the national dialogue on race and been featured in Alternet, Salon, NPR, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate and Colorlines.
Previous BALI Events:
Dec 2-3: Bet Alef welcomes Rabbi Jeff Roth, founder and director of The Awakened Heart Project for Contemporary Judaism. Rabbi Roth will join Bet Alef’s Rabbi BenHaim in leading Kabbalat Shabbat service Friday Dec. 2nd and Shabbat morning services Saturday Dec.3rd. Additionally Rabbi Roth will offer a series of teachings and times for Jewish meditation practice throughout the day. (See Schedule below)
May 20 – 22: A Weekend with Rabbi Arthur Waskow and Phyllis Berman. Rabbi Waskow, author of many books, founded the Shalom Center in 1983. The Shalom Center equips activists and spiritual leaders with awareness and skills needed to lead in shaping a transformed and transformative Judaism that can help create a world of peace, justice, healing for the earth, and respect for the interconnectedness of all life. Learn more about the Shalom Center here.
The Shalom Center’s current focus is working to combat, and educate about, climate change: “Addressing the climate crisis of ‘global scorching’ and working to end American addiction to over-use of oil and coal that poses extreme danger to the web of life, including human civilization, on Planet Earth.”
March 7, 2015: Opening to Inner Clarity: The Gift of a Pure Heart with Sylvia Boorstein.