Starting after the 2020 election, join us every month for real conversations at the intersection of Jewish and American values. You can create your own group or let us find you one now.
Register here to talk about things that matters as an individual or as an organization.
Design your own experience, as an individual or a group. A complete schedule of events will be posted in time for our November 11th Launch hosted by HUC-JIR President Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D.
We are better together, as long as we have spaces to be curious and experience new ideas. So that’s what this is. A space to listen, to learn. To talk about stuff that matters. With new people or with those you could stand to know more deeply. This is the airport lounge before cell-phones. The coffee shop before wireless internet and laptops. Except...via the treasure that is Zoom.
We see now that our country is struggling to listen and talk, challenge and be challenged. We need spaces where we get to the stuff that matters, through real connection and conversation. With climate change confronting us, that could even mean talking about the weather.
We are constantly in search of new authors and ideas (we’re a college after all). So we’ve asked leaders at the intersection of Judaism and social justice to tell us what they are reading. These ‘hosts’ helped us create our syllabus of books and will also stream live conversations about the books they’ve chosen with guests that challenge and strengthen their own minds. If you sign up to be matched with a group, your group leader will customize the syllabus for your group, based on your interests and how tall you want the stack of books on your nightstand to be.
We are working hard and taking our time to make sure we have a diverse group of authors and hosts. By November 1st we will be excited to share the syllabus with you. Topics will range from criminal justice reform, to public health and political theory. There will be fiction, non-fiction and more academic options.
Here are some of our hosts so far:
We ask that you sign up ready to connect and be a part of your group. That means being ready to partner with your group leader by:
Give us a little info and we will do the rest. We will try to connect you around geography and other factors. If you sign up by November 1st, you’ll get paired with a group in time for our first book conversation.
Think about how superficial conversations are with family you only see twice a year. Or how tough talking about stuff that matters a lot to you can be when there’s no real relationship. It’s hard to get to the good stuff. So we recommend groups meet once a month. But beyond that, this model is flexible. You might do it as a sprint and meet every other week for a few months. You might spread things out and meet monthly November - May, savoring those books like a fine...seltzer.
Some organizations, synagogues and communities are creating their own Book Club groups. If that’s you, sign up with the code your organization has provided. Can’t find the code? We’ve got you covered, just email Rachel Katz firstname.lastname@example.org.
But of course! If you want to respond to this moment and provide a space for grounding conversation and serious engagement, create a College Commons Book Club for your people.
We’ll provide a syllabus of books for you to customize, paired with monthly online conversations with leaders in the Jewish Justice world. We can even provide a facilitator if you need (though we love when participants step up for leadership). Email Rabbi Rachel Gross-Prinz email@example.com to start your organization’s group.
We recommend the public library via the Libby App, Bookshop.org to support local bookstores, or these BIPOC owned bookstores that carry each of our books so far: Harriet’s Bookshop and Black Pearl Books.