JFOC volunteers at the registration table

Panel featuring: Keith Krivitzky - moderator, civil rights activist Don Olivaria, Toms River area NAACP President Bahiyyah Abdullah, Beth Am Shalom Rabbi Stephen Gold.

How can the Black and Jewish communities build stronger ties?


That was the question at hand during a recent showing of “Shared Legacies” on Monday, November 1st at the Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College – as part of the Ocean Jewish Film Festival sponsored by the Jewish Federation. 

Panel discussion

Patricia Williamson from NJ Division on Civil Rights and Annabel Lindenbaum, JFOC's Board Chairperson

The message from this program was profound. No one community stands alone. We need to learn more about each other’s stories – and pain – and understand that what can happen to one can happen to all. While hate, discrimination, and bigotry may be targeted to one particular group – it seldom stops there and can metastasize and spread easily. It takes people of faith and principle to step up, be upstanders, and to say: enough