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Bat Yam committee hosting series on racial justice

By Staff | Jul 30, 2020

Prompted by ongoing racial justice issues, the Social Action Committee at Bat Yam Temple of the Islands has been planning Zoom discussions as part of the 2020 Racial Justice Forum Series.

Guest speaker Rabbi Capers Funnye, leader of the Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation in Chicago, Illinois, will speak today, July 30, at 4 p.m. Rabbi Stephen Fuchs will serve as the moderator. Funnye sits on the Chicago Board of Rabbis and has spent years involved in efforts to bridge the racial and ethnic divides both within Judaism and between Jews and other communities. His rabbinical career stretches back to 1985. Now, in 2020, he continues building bridges.

Guest speaker Gwynetta Gittens will cover “Racial Justice in Education” on Aug. 13 at 4 p.m. The District 5 Lee County School Board member, she has extensive professional experience as an educator including four-time Golden Apple finalist, Teacher of Distinction, and Advancement via Individual Determination initial coordinator for East Lee County High School. Gittens was an adjunct professor at Indian River State College and at Bermuda College. Her education also includes an associate’s degree in accounting from the University of Maryland and Kennedy King College, in Chicago, and she is a certified Supreme Court mediator. Gittens has held positions on Lee County School’s committees, and her present positions include but are not restricted to district advisory council, strategic planning steering committee and student board advisory committee.

Local racial justice advocate Chantel Rhodes will be featured on Aug. 27 at 4 p.m.

To take part, email batyamsanibel@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/batyamsanibel.