April 21, 2021 – 1:00 – 3:00 pm Pacific

Join us as we honor the recipient of the 2021 Award for Excellence in Jewish Youth Education and Engagement and focus on the topic of Racial Justice. Our afternoon will kick off with a framing on racial justice in the Bay Area by Dr. Analucia Lopezrevoredo, Project Shamash Senior Director at Bend the Arc. She will speak on how we are just “getting started” along the long road to racial equity. Analucia will lead us in a conversation that explores how the American Jewish community can continue to make our commitments to racial-equity work actionable and lifelong.

We will then learn with Etgar 36 Founder and Director, Billy Planer, who has worked with Jewish teens in the racial justice space for 25 years. We’ll explore how we can empower our teens to get involved in racial justice issues here in the Bay Area and inspire them to take action to make the world a better place.

Our program will wrap up by presenting the 2020 Award for Excellence in Jewish Youth Education and Engagement to Devra Aarons and the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award in Jewish Youth Education and Engagement to Rick Concoff . We are pleased to announce that the 2021 Award for Excellence in Jewish Youth Education and Engagement will be presented to Zephira Derblich-Milea of Shalom Bayit.

We look forward to seeing you at this virtual convening of our community! Registration is free; please invite a friend or colleague to join us!

2021 Award for Excellence in Jewish Youth Education and Engagement recipient Zephira Derblich-Milea

Billy Planer is the founder and Director of Etgar 36. He developed Etgar 36 after 20 years of leading synagogue youth programs and educating young people. He has led numerous trips around America and abroad. Billy graduated with a degree in Psychology and Advertising from Syracuse University and received a Masters in Counseling from the school of Education at Georgia State University. He is from Atlanta and enjoys live music, travel, trying new restaurants, and sports.

Dr. Analucía Lopezrevoredo is a Peruvian-Chilean-American Jewtina, born in Peru and raised in Spain and the United States. An anti-oppression activist, educator and researcher, Analucía founded Jewtina y Co. in 2019 to offer Latin Jews from around the world a platform in which to engage in critical dialogue about Jewish and Latin multiculturalism. Prior to starting Jewtina y Co., she was a principal investigator for the Center to Advance Racial Equity in Portland, Oregon, and a migrant rights advocate in California’s Central Valley, southwestern México and southeastern Perú. Analucía’s educational background lies in critical race and cross-cultural studies, and her doctoral research was centered around Latino immigrant and refugee resiliency. A passionate global citizen, she’s traveled to over 125 countries and has lived in five continents.