The November Black-Jewish Dialogue focused on the economic impact of COVID-19 on our communities. With participants from coast to coast, Bermuda and Hungary, the dialogue has grown from a local Chattanooga initiative to a global discussion. Hosted by Chattanooga’s Mizpah Congregation in partnership with the American Diversity Report, the dialogue began in August of this year with monthly virtual sessions. Many thanks to Dr. Gail Dawson, Dr. Les Petrovics, and John Miles for sharing their expertise and experience with us.
Health disparities, i.e., differences in outcomes from disease experiences, are well-described and documented. The statistics that tell us of the incidence and prevalence of diseases within our populations (epidemiology) are readily available. In large measure, the prevalence (the number of cases within a population at any given time of measurement) of heart disease/high blood pressure, cerebrovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, infectious diseases (influenza, pneumonia) are all among the top ten causes of death for all population subgroups (source: Statistica.com).
Health, Healthcare and Equity
Presenters for this Black-Jewish Dialogue session included Beverly Coulter, Pastor William Hicks, and Dr. Frank Miller with facilitators: Rabbi Craig Lewis of Mizpah Congregation and Deborah Levine, ADR Editor. The discussion included descriptions of the healthcare challenges facing the African-American community and the Jewish community, as well as mutual challenges in the COVID-19 era.
The conversation included local, national and international perspectives on the healthcare equity picture:
- The incidences of specific diseases in each community through genetics and/or economics
- The affect of the environment on our health
- Local and federal policies affecting health and healthcare
- Food and nutritional challenges
- Options that communities and religious organizations can consider implementing or intensifying
Chattanooga’s Black-Jewish Dialogue
CULTURAL EXCHANGE: MUSIC
See what our dialogue members have chosen to share as their favorite iconic cultural expressions. The list will include: Poetry, Recipes, Humor, Readings, Movies/TV and begins with Music. CLICK for more information about our dialogue.
- Herbie Hancock – Maiden Voyage https://youtu.be/hwmRQ0PBtXU
- Israel 1979 Eurovision – Hallelujah – Winning song https://youtu.be/C33kO3fvjkI
- Baba Olatunji & his Drums of Passion – Odunde: https://youtu.be/zMuA-E–aWU
- Mable Hillery: How Long This Train Been Gone
- Rana Choir – Chad Gadya (English Subtitles)
- Hava Nagila -Israeli jewish folk song / dance
- Bobby McFerrin Richard Bona Gil Goldstein y Omar Hakim pt 5https://youtu.be/NbLPc-4fiKg
- Leonard Cohen – Dance Me to the End of Love https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGorjBVag0I
Our Virtual Dialogue – Background
The ADR Black-Jewish Dialogues began in the summer 2020 and quickly went global. The virtual dialogues are held from 4-5:00pm ET on the 2nd Sunday of each month.
CLICK on video to hear the presentation by Deborah Levine for Chattanooga’s Mizpah Synagogue that initiated the ongoing dialogues. Hear the video and see excerpts of the transcript.
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TRANSCRIPT EXCERPTS: It’s a true challenge to talk about issues involving African Americans and Jews in these turbulent times. The murder of George Floyd and COVID-19 have put a spotlight not just on monuments and law enforcement, but also on festering issues of economic, social and healthcare inequities. The issues echo the 1960s civil rights era but with the internet, terminology, quotes, memes and comments are constantly morphing. And spreading. Two weeks ago, a Black-Jewish woman messaged me, worried about how the words of Louis Farrakhan were being blending with those of local White Supremacists. (See Farrakhan) Will the words of our nonviolent sixties icons, James Baldwin and Martin Luther King Jr., successfully counteract this trend? I hope that celebrating the life of the civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis will re-emphasize the impact of non-violent activism. (See John Lewis)