On Thursday, Dec. 9, the Ruby Platt Allyship Initiative (RPAI), in association with the Anti-Defamation League’s Plains States Region (ADL-CRC), the Jewish Federation of Omaha (JFO), Beth El Synagogue and Temple Israel, kick off Unraveling Racism with Adam Fletcher Sasse—a 4-day series of events aimed at challenging our perceptions about the meaning of racism, about our Black/Jewish shared history in North Omaha, and the overall concepts of white privilege and white supremacy.

    This collection of educational and interactive opportunities represents our community’s latest entry in the endeavor of elevating inclusion and awareness within the Jewish community. Each day will focus on a different topic, or thread, as participants engage with concepts and ideas to help them better understand and reconcile the past, and to actively engage in anti-racism work and allyship in the here and now. All events will be led by North Omaha native and author, Adam Fletcher Sasse. Reservations to and information about all events can be made through ADL-CRC’s website: omaha.adl.org/rpai.

    The 4-day schedule of events will include:

THURSDAY, DEC. 9, 2021

    Educator Speaker Series: Addressing White Privilege and More from 4:30–6 p.m. in the JCC Community Engagement Venue features an in-person only, interactive workshop for educators. Attendees will explore the role of white privilege and white supremacy, focusing on the history of education and current realities of white supremacy in education and explore how to dismantle white privilege in learning and teaching.

    History: The Framework of Our Legacy from 6:30–8 p.m. in the JCC Theatre is available in-person and via Zoom live stream. This panel discussion looks at the current and historic legacy of the Jewish community in North Omaha, and the impact that our unique history has had on Omaha’s development. Panelists include Eric Ewing, Brenda Council, Adam Fletcher Sasse, Marty Shukert. The discussion will be moderated by ADL-CRC Regional Director, Gary Nachman, with a small reception to follow.

FRIDAY, DEC. 10, 2021

    History: Meeting the Elders from 1–3 p.m. in the JCC Wiesman Room is a limited seating, in-person only event for anyone who has a story to share with Adam about their family’s history or their own personal account of the journey of the Jewish Community in North Omaha.

    White Supremacy: Unravelling What We Don’t Know from 6–7:30 p.m., Adam Fletcher Sasse delivers Temple Israel’s Friday evening D’var Torahat in-person and streaming live via Temple Israel’s FB Page.

SATURDAY, DEC. 11, 2021

    Privilege: Owning It & Putting It to Work from noon–1:30 p.m., Adam Fletcher Sasse delivers a short D’var Torah during Beth El’s Saturday morning Shabbat service followed by discussion both in-person at the synagogue and streaming via Beth El’s usual Saturday morning service link.

    Privilege: The Power of Youth Voice in Action from 6:30–8:30 p.m. in the JCC’s Community Engagement Venue is an in-person only, youth workshop with Adam Fletcher Sasse

Engaging young people to explore meaningful ways of challenging oppression and injustice, and to deepening their skills as leaders in every facet of their lives. This workshop is suitable for teens (grades 7-12). Kosher pizza dinner is included.

SUNDAY, DEC. 12, 2021

    Apathy: Benign Neglect & White Flight from 2–4 p.m. in-person at Omaha’s CULXR House (24th Street) and streaming via Zoom is a panel discussion about the often overlooked and (to some) seemingly invisible thread of passivity has created intrenched segregation, generational imbalances of power and wealth, and fueled misconceptions and perceptions about entire sections of our city and the people who live here. Panelists will include Preston Love Jr., Terri Sanders, and Adam Fletcher Sasse and the discussion will be moderated by former ADL-CRC Regional Director, Bob Wolfson.