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Being Jewish in America:
The Privilege and Price of Whiteness

For Lay and Professional Leaders

October 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

United States

In this inaugural session of our Leadership Lab Series: Being Jewish in America, we will explore the American Jewish experience, focusing on what it means that (most) Jews have become white with all its privileges and price, while our Jewish communities are increasingly racially diverse. Learn with Cheryl Cook, the Executive Director of Avodah, and Yavilah McCoy, CEO of DIMENSIONS, Inc., as they share their experiences as leaders working to build more inclusive Jewish communities, more equitable power structures in our organizations, and a more racially just world. The evening will be facilitated by Bill Robinson, Executive Director of Na’aleh.

  • $25 is the suggested registration fee for this event.
  • Annual lay leadership passes are available for $180 with access to all Na’aleh programs. Learn more.
  • This event is complimentary for professionals of supporting organizations.

Questions? Contact Shirley Hott at shott@naalehbaltimore.org.

Zoom link will be provided in your confirmation email.

Na’aleh: The Hub for Leadership Learning offers community-wide interactive and inspiring learning opportunities for professionals and volunteers to connect and grow as leaders working together to ensure a vibrant Baltimore Jewish community. Na’aleh (formerly known as the Center for Leadership) unites our three successful Jewish leadership programs – ACHARAI: The Shoshana S. Cardin Jewish Learning Institute (ACHARAI), The Darrell D. Friedman Institute for Professional Development (DFI) and The Associated’s Center for Community Engagement and Leadership (CCEL). Learn more about Na’aleh at naalehbaltimore.org.


Cheryl Cook is the Chief Executive Officer of Avodah. With close to 30 years of experience working across the Jewish community, Cheryl is passionate about developing the next generation of Jewish social justice leaders. Prior to coming to Avodah, Cheryl served for nine years as Chief Operating Officer of Hazon. She has worked across the Jewish community for her career, at JESNA, New Israel Fund, Hillel of Greater Philadelphia, and at the 92nd Street. She has participated in the Selah Leadership program, Advancing Women Professionals Action Learning Team, and the Institute for Jewish Executive Leadership. 

Yavilah McCoy, is the CEO of the diversity consulting group DIMENSIONS Inc.Through Dimensions, Yavilah services an international portfolio of clients in the areas of Education, Philanthropy and Social Justice. Yavilah was an inaugural recipient of the Spielberg Foundation’s Joshua Venture Fellowship and directed the launch of the “Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project” for Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the Ruderman Family Foundation. Yavilah was voted one of “16 Faith Leaders to Watch” by the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC.

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