Summer Reading–It's Not Just For the Kids

The RSS Parents Association invites our parents to read Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race as part of the first ever Community Read this summer.
We are excited to introduce our inaugural Parents Association sponsored Community Read. For the first time, all RSS parents are invited to read the same book over the summer and then come together in the fall for a guided discussion. Our faculty will also be reading the selected book. In this way, we will be able to have a truly community-wide reading experience.
Race relations in America is one of today's most significant and complex issues. On Tuesday, October 20th at 6:30 pm, we will come together to share thoughts and reflections on the book Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving. This memoir is an easy and insightful read about race from a white person's perspective. Here is a quick peek into the subject matter:
"For twenty-five years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator, she didn't understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction. As a teacher, she found her best efforts to reach out to students and families of color left her wondering what she was missing. Then, in 2009, one "aha!" moment launched an adventure of discovery and insight that drastically shifted her worldview and upended her life plan. In Waking Up White, Irving tells her often cringe-worthy story with such openness that readers will turn every page rooting for her–and ultimately for all of us."
"Debby Irving's powerful Waking Up White opens a rare window on how white Americans are socialized. Irving's focus on the mechanics of racism operating in just one life–her own–may lead white readers to reconsider the roots of their own perspectives–and their role in dismantling old myths. Readers of color will no doubt find the view through Irving's window fascinating, and telling." 
–Van Jones, author, Rebuild The Dream and The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems; President, Rebuild The Dream; Co-host, CNN Crossfire 
Purchase the book through Amazon Smile, designating "Friends of Rodeph Sholom School" as your charitable recipient, and the School will receive a donation for your purchase.
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