Ahavas Sholom – an Historic Landmark and Sacred Space

Newark's Last Remaining Synagogue born of the Great European Migration at the turn of the 20th Century

145 Broadway, Newark, NJ 07104
Phone: 973-485-2609 | Email: cahavassholom@optimum.net


DIVERSITY UNITED, July 20, 2021, beginning at 7 pm

Join DIVERSITY UNITED on Tuesday, July 20th as we take a closer look at the causes of the disparity in home ownership, between the Black and White communities, and its impact on the racial wealth gap.  

If you have not previously registered to receive the link for this free program, click here: Registration Form 

Before we get together on July 20th, here are materials that will give you some background on the issue:  

40 Acres: (Part II of a 4 part radio series on eviction, produced by WNYC radio’s On the Media).  The history of how these housing disparities began.  To listen click here.  

Explained| Racial Wealth Gap: Senator Cory Booker and others discuss how slavery, housing discrimination and centuries of inequality have compounded to create a racial wealth gap. To watch it on Youtube click here.  

CBS This Morning: White Americans in Lyndhurst, New Jersey Confront the Legacy of Housing Discrimination.  To watch it on Youtube click here.  

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor talks about her book, Race For Profit, at the Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, DC.  To watch the video on Youtube click here.   

Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor.  Considered to be the essential book on housing discrimination.  To read about it click here.  

If you have not previously registered to receive the link for this free program, click here: Registration Form 

Joining our panel this month will be James C. Williams IV, Director of Racial Justice Policy at Fair Share Housing Center. Williams joined FSHC in 2019 after working for Philadelphia Works and previously the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. He has been an advocate for civil rights and social justice throughout his career.  To read about Fair Share Housing Center click here.  

Our regular panel members are:

Mildred Crump: This longtime community leader is Newark’s first African-American Councilwoman and first woman to be chosen as City Council President.  

Rabbi Capers Funnye: “Obama’s Rabbi,” Michelle Obama’s cousin, the leader of 200-member Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation of Chicago.

Pastor Steffie Bartley: New Jersey Coordinator, National Action Network and Pastor, New Hope Memorial Baptist Church, Elizabeth, New Jersey

DIVERSITY UNITED is a year-long program of outreach to people of all faiths, ethnicities, and races in Newark and the surrounding suburban communities, to discuss an anti-racist agenda and create a tangible platform to work collectively toward a just society. 

We discuss issues of social justice, including mass incarceration, education, housing, healthcare, environmental justice, poverty, Jim Crow, and public monuments, all from the viewpoint of the systemic inequalities that have resulted from 401 years of American History.

The forum is formatted as a book club, with participants viewing films and reading materials before each of the monthly meetings. The panelists, African-American leaders, who have spent their lives in the trenches battling for civil rights, equality, and justice, lead discussion. 

To watch videos of our previous events click here.

If you have not previously registered to receive the link for this free program, click here: Registration Form 

For further information, contact Eric Freedman at 
diversityunited@yahoo.com or or 201.988.3799.