Breaking Bread, Building Bonds is a new initiative from Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. There will be one hundred dinners across the city, with ten everyday people each from all various ethnicities, identities, and faiths. A particular emphasis will be placed on engaging young people in participating in these dinners, but most notably will involve New Yorkers who are not typical thought leaders or are otherwise significantly engaged in civic life.
The goal is to use the tables to have different groups from all over the city sit down and learn from each other. These dinners, which will begin in the early part of 2020, will hopefully empower everyday voices to be new ambassadors of intersectional unity.
Hate is a virus, fueled by uneducated fear and failing to see our common bonds. We have collectively forgotten the lessons that history taught on hate’s terrible power. Time after time in history, societies have suffered from radical leaders and reckless propaganda that pit one group against another.
As hate crimes in New York City are on the rise, let’s be clear: We are all in this together.That is the meaning of One Brooklyn. We are the living model of intersectionality. We are Black and White, Latino and Asian, Jewish and Christian, Muslim and Buddhist, gay and straight, transgender and cisgender. Each one of us is an intersection of different ethnicities, identities, and faiths. We need to see ourselves in each other. The challenges we face as New Yorkers are faced together, from rising rents to access to quality education and health care. We won’t succeed until we all succeed.”
Sign up by Wednesday Morning Feb 5th for the Shabbat Dinner so that you can make sure you have a spot at the table for this exciting event!