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A Better Story: Race, Faith, and Fracture in Shaping our Future

Mon, Sep 25, 2023 • 1:45 PM2:30 PM



CRS Congregant Mark Whitaker in conversation with Rabbi Spratt on Yom Kippur Afternoon
(In Person & Live Stream)
*Please note the exact start time may change depending on morning service end times


Join Mark Whitaker, renowned journalist, author, historian, media executive, and Rodeph Sholom congregant, in conversation with Rabbi Spratt about the essential questions facing our nation today. On a day of soul searching, we will delve into lessons of success and failure in the Black and Jewish communities, and the ways religion can give us better stories to bring our country together.


Mark Whitaker is the author of Saying It Loud: 1966—The Year Black Power Challenged the Civil Rights Movement. His other books include Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance and the critically acclaimed memoir My Long Trip Home. A Contributing Correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning, Mark was previously the managing editor of CNN Worldwide, Washington bureau chief for NBC News, and a reporter and editor at Newsweek, where he rose to become the first African American leader of a national newsweekly. Mark and his wife Alexis Gelber have been dedicated members of Rodeph Sholom over 30 years and their children Rachel and Matthew are B’nai Mitzvah of Rodeph Sholom.