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


Tuesday, November 16, 2021, beginning at 7 pm

Diversity United 

How History Continues to Shape Contemporary Health Disparities 

Join DIVERSITY UNITED on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 for “How History Continues to Shape Contemporary Health Disparities” as Michael Yudell of Arizona State University discusses the impact systemic racism has on the US healthcare system.

Michael Yudell, PhD, MPH is Professor and Vice Dean at the College of Health Solutions at ASU.  Professor Yudell is a public health scientist whose work focuses on the history and ethics of public health and medicine.  He is the author of Race Unmasked: Biology and Race in the 20th Century (Columbia University Press, 2014). The book examines the way biologists shaped the race concept during the 20th century from eugenics to the sequencing of the human genome.  In 2016 he was the winner of the Arthur J. Viseltear Award from the American Public Health Association.

In preparation for this month’s program read the following:

To read “NIH must confront the use of race in science” click here.

To read “Taking race out of human genetics” click here. 

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

To watch last month’s DIVERSITY UNITED program, Inequities in the Arts: The Great White Way and Beyond, click here.  

To watch videos of our other previous events click here.

This month, award winning composer and lyricist Walter Robinson joins our DIVERSITY UNITED panel.  We are pleased to welcome Walter to the team.  Anyone who witnessed our October 19th program – “Inequities in the Arts: The Great White Way and Beyond” – got a taste of his skill set and multi faceted abilities.   

The other members of the panel are:

Rev. Louise-Scott Rountree is the manager of the Newark Mayor’s Office of Clergy Affairs and chair of the Newark Interfaith Alliance.

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.

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

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.

To watch the video for the October 19th DIVERSITY UNITED program, Inequalities in the Arts: The Great White Way and Beyond click here.

Inequalities in the Arts:  The Great White Way and Beyond.  Award winning composer and lyricist Walter Robinson leads a discussion on how systemic racism has insidiously worked its way into the Arts world for centuries,  just as it has in every other aspect of our lives.

Featured guests are Al Crawford, Lightning Designer for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Onnie Strother, a well known area artist and educator, who focuses on the visual arts, and Cheryl  Davis, attorney for Dramatists Guild and co Director of Theatre Resources Unlimited.

If you have any problems with the link call Jeff at 973-207-3095.