The Importance of Embracing and Affirming Our Grandchildren’s Many Identities

Children are growing up in a world that is new to many of us. Terms like "non-dominant identities", "REDI" (racial equity, diversity and inclusion), "transgender" and "nonbinary" may feel unfamiliar and even uncomfortable. These sessions will provide us with foundational knowledge, shared language, and inclusive practices so that we can better demonstrate our unconditional love and support for the important young people in our lives. Join us for a two-part series by the Union for Reform Judaism, Jewish Grandparents Network, and Keshet to support you in providing affirming spaces for gender-expansive, non-binary, and transgender young people.

SESSION 1: Tuesday, November 29, 4-5 PM ET

L’Dor Va’Dor: Affirming and Loving Your Transgender, Non-Binary, and Gender Expansive Grandchildren

Tracey Labgold (she/her), Keshet Florida Education & Training Manager

Are you a grandparent or another cherished elder of a child or young person who is expressing their gender in expansive ways? Do you want to learn more about how to celebrate them and show that you love them for who they are? Issues they’re grappling with, the words and terms and pronouns they’re using, and the lives they’re living are new to many of us. Join us for a frank and informative “gender 101” session that’s geared towards you!

Optional Talkback Thursday, December 1, 2-3 PM ET
Q&A with Tracey Labgold

Bring your specific questions about anything that came up for you in the November 29th session.

SESSION 2: Thursday, December 15, 7-8:30 PM ET

Creating Safe & Affirming Spaces for Our Grandchildren: Addressing Racism, Transphobia, and Lack of Disabilities Inclusion in Our Communities

Yolanda Savage-Narva (she/her), URJ Director, Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) and Rachel Hall (she/her), URJ REDI Program Manager

As grandparents, we have vital roles to play in making our grandchildren feel loved and embraced for who they are and who they become. Through our words and our actions, we can make their path in life smoother. Learn to embrace the language of inclusion and how to recognize and prevent racism, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of oppression in our communities and our families.

Optional Talkback Wednesday, December 21, 12-1 PM ET
Q&A with Rachel Hall

Bring your specific questions about anything that came up for you in the December 15th session.