JCRC events in Lafayette, Marin to focus on racial justice

The S.F.-based Jewish Community Relations Council is hosting a pair of events focusing on racial justice in the next two weeks as part of its yearlong examination of the issue.

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, a forum at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette will focus on race and voting rights — a topic in the news following recent court rulings on voting restrictions around the nation. Scheduled speakers include Abdi Soltani, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, and Rabbi Judy Shanks of Temple Isaiah. The program is at 7 p.m. at the synagogue, 945 Risa Road, Lafayette.

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, a JCRC town hall on race and education will be held at Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael. The event will examine de facto segregation at many public schools and the achievement gap among minority students. Panelists will include Ryan Smith, executive director of the Education Trust-West, and Rabbi Michael Lezak of Rodef Sholom. The event starts at 7 p.m. at the temple, 170 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. For information, see jcrc.org/what-we-do/racial-justice.