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Can We Talk?!

Past Sessions
Tuesday, May 31, 2022 1 Sivan 5782 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 23 Iyyar 5782 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 16 Iyyar 5782 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Temple Beth El of South Orange County and the

 One America Movement 

invite you to:

Can We Talk?!: Understanding and Overcoming Polarization In A Time of Division 


May 17, 24, 31, 2022

7:00-8:30 PST online 


Join on Zoom HERE


Meeting ID: 832 7402 2367

Passcode: 820298


The Science of Polarization-Our brains are wired for survival. When you first meet a person, your brain almost instantly asks,  “Are they a friend or foe — a part of your group — or an outsider?” In this session, participants learn about the subtle inner workings of your brain and behavior that influence how human beings interact with one another. Participants will discuss the differences between normal and toxic polarization, and study examples of healthy division found in Jewish texts. 


Exploring our Fears around America’s Division-Pirkei Avot 1.6 teaches us to "...judge every person meritoriously." Living out this value is easier said than done. In this session, participants learn current research and data on division and polarization in American society. Such research shows that our perceptions are often different from reality. Our assumptions about the views of the other side are often incorrect, and moreover, we make incorrect assumptions about how others view us. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the research findings and consider how it does/does not speak to our lived experiences. We will explore ways to overcome our own tendencies to make judgments and assumptions and Jewish teachings around this value. 


Storytelling Through Difficult Topics-In this session, participants will study a famous text from Talmud about honoring multiple perspectives.  Participants will learn skills for how to have productive, meaningful discussions with people who don’t think, vote, or believe the same way they do. Participants will practice having a conversation on a controversial topic.

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