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What People Who Work With Interfaith Families Need to Know About… Anti-Black Racism – Online

June 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT


Join 18Doors Director of Professional Development Tema Smith and Chicago Director Tani Prell for a roundtable conversation with three Jewish professionals about anti-Black racism and how best to support interfaith families who may experience it personally. Through personal anecdotes and professional expertise, this roundtable will leave participants with insights and strategies to apply in your own communities.





Beckee Birger

Beckee Birger is currently the Program Director for JUF’s Research Training Internship, a Jewish feminist research cohort for female and non-binary teens.  She believes engaging people of all ages in political education and activism is critical to a shared liberatory future, and she’s proud to celebrate her Judaism through a deep commitment to social justice. In her free time, she’s a co-facilitator of Tzedek Lab’s Political Educators kabal, a founding member of Kol Or Jews of Color Caucus of JCUA, and an avid board game player.


Caroline Spikner

Caroline Spikner (she/her) grew up in Benton Harbor, Michigan and Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the daughter of a Black and Christian father and Ashkenazi Jewish mom. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2018 where she studied film and dance, then spent a year living in Beer Sheva, Israel as a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow. Caroline is currently the Springboard Innovation Fellow for Metro Chicago Hillel, so her time is split between planning social justice programs, talking about Torah, and running around Chicago buying students coffee.


Evan Traylor

Evan Traylor is a rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where he is a Wexner Graduate Fellow and Ko’ach Fellow. Originally from Oklahoma City, he graduated from the University of Kansas studying political science, Jewish studies, and leadership studies. Prior to rabbinical school, Evan worked at the Union for Reform Judaism for four years creating new projects and initiatives in college and young adult engagement. He currently serves on the leadership team for Jewish Social Justice Roundtable and the Commission on Social Action for the Religious Action Center. Evan is a proud alum of University of Kansas Hillel, URJ Kutz Camp, Greene Family Camp, and served as North American President of NFTY. He currently lives in Washington D.C.




Tema SmithTema Smith

Tema Smith is our Director of Professional Development in Toronto, Canada. She works in partnership with Jewish professionals, educators and clergy to help them develop the skills and tools they need to fully embrace interfaith couples and families. As a diversity advocate, writer, and educator, Tema uses her skills and passion to advance conversations and change around inclusion in the Jewish community. Tema is also a contributing columnist for The Forward.


Tani Prell

Tani is dedicated to fostering inclusive Jewish spaces. As the Chicago Community Director, she loves partnering with couples, families, and individuals to bring sparks of Jewish joy into their lives. Tani’s career has been centered on education, Judaism, and the arts, with a commitment to inclusion and belonging present throughout. In her spare time Tani enjoys spending time with her partner, Charles, and her cat, Winston. They are a family of sci-fi enthusiasts, Chicago outdoor brunch connoisseurs, and lovers of all things art.




18Doors believes our community is enriched by the diversity of its members. We welcome everyone, and invite racially diverse and LGBTQ individuals to participate in our programming. All of our virtual programs offer automated closed captioning. If you need additional captioning support, or any other accommodations to fully participate in a program, please let us know on your registration form.