Black Lives Matter -Tree of Life – Combating Hate

Josh Sayles doing community relations work - Photo Credit - BPEP PUMP

It has been about a year and a half since white supremacist Robert Bower murdered 11 Jews at the Tree of Life Synagogue, on a Shabbat morning in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The most deadly act of antisemitism in American history.

In this episode of the New Blue Review we talk to Joshua Sayles who is Director of the Community Relations Council for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh about the effect on the community. We also hear his personal story of the events of that day and the support the Jewish community received from various minority groups during that time.

He also talks about the launch the 412 Black Jewish  Collaborative which brings together Black and Jewish activists to catalyse and elevate Black and Jewish Relationships in Pittsburgh. The collaborative was started out behind the scenes before the murder of George Floyd and Corona but has since gone public supporting #BlackLivesMatter in the streets and on social media. You can find out more about the collaborative on their Facebook page here

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About the Author
Benji Shulman is from Johannesburg, South Africa, he has a masters degree in Geography and has worked in a range of fields in the Jewish community including education, advocacy, environment and outreach. He loves radio and has a hosted numerous shows on 101.9 ChaiFm in the last decade.
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