Grant Announcement: The 2023 “We Are Family” Shabbaton: Children and Youth Programming

We are pleased to support the Jews of Color Shabbaton, with fiscal sponsor Hinenu: The Baltimore Justice Shtiebl:


The 2023 ‘We Are Family’ JOCISM Shabbaton is an intergenerational family-centered event, with additional dedicated space for adults, that provides connections among diverse Jews of Color, including Indigenous, Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews (JOCISM). “Our goal is to create a community where Jewish People of Color of every age, gender, orientation and denomination along with other Jews can feel supported, seen, and held in Jewish faith,” Dr. Harriette Wimms, founder of the JOC Mishpacha Project, said.

The Shabbaton will integrate spiritual, communal and religious programming for Jews of Color, and their families and loved ones and allies. The JOC Mishpacha Project is a hub of learning, convening, and growth for JOCISM individuals, communities, and larger Jewish institutions. We strive to center JOCISM clergy and community leaders and support JOCISM leadership that is visible and compensated. The 2023 “We Are Family” In-Person JOCISM Shabbaton, is June 16-18, 2023.

The “We Are Family” Shabbaton is designed to be a pluralistic with special focus on community building, accessibility, diversity, equity, Jewish education, intergenerational experiences, joy, and nature-based programming.

Organizations and individuals partnering to provide novel programming during this year’s Shabbaton include:

  • Sabrina Sojourner and Tamara Fish, KHAZBAR: “The KHAZBAH: Radical Rest for JOCISM Creatives for Adults Only”
  • Rabbi Sandra Lawson, Reconstructing Judaism & Kol HaPanim, and Victoria Raggs, ED, Atlanta Jews of Color Council bring their Juneteenth celebration programming to the shabbaton
  • Through collaboration, the Black Jewish Liberation Collective and Inside Out Wisdom and Action Project are building a deep collective learning community that will address internalized racism and move Black Jews into collective political action on the BREATHE Act based on Torah study, mussar, and Black formation history
  • Curricula for families and children: “JOCISM Tots through Teens Retreat” & “20-somethings: JOC Young Adults”
  • “L’Dor v’Dor: Intergenerational Conversations among JOCISM Elders and Youth”
  • A gathering and learning space for our non-JOC allies and beloveds.

In addition, this grant supports Pearlstone’s Immersive Children and Youth Programming. This will support children and youth education about environmental concerns and support a connection to Judaism through embodied nature-based activities. This will include a creek hike with education about water system care, a farm tour with education about sustainability, and a night hike to support self and social awareness.

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