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, October 19, 2021, beginning at 7 pm 

Diversity United 

Join DIVERSITY UNITED on Tuesday, October 19th as we discuss “Inequalities in the Arts:  The Great White Way and Beyond.”

Award winning composer and lyricist Walter Robinson will lead 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 will be Al Crawford, Lightning Designer for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Mansa Mussa and Onnie Strother, two well known area artists and educators, who will focus on the visual arts; and Cheryl  Davis. Attourney for Dramatists Guild and co Director of Theatre Resources Unlimited.

Click here to read “Priniciples for Building an Anti-Racist Theatre.”

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

To watch videos of our previous events click here.

Our regular panel members 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.