New Synagogue Project is offering a Dismantling Racism from the Inside Out (DRIO) course. Over a full-day workshop and six sessions, facilitators will guide participants through the practice of mussar (Jewish spiritual ethics) as an expression of Jewish values focused on confronting white supremacy, subverting hierarchies, and sustaining yourself as you work for racial justice. 

This course is for anyone interested in engaging in Jewish spiritual wisdom as a tool of transformation for racial justice and has availability to attend the workshop and six sessions in person. At this time, there is not an online option.


The facilitators for NSP’s DRIO course are Jessica Valoris and Rabbi Yosef Berman. Jessica Valoris is an interdisciplinary artist and community facilitator inspired by the earth-based traditions of her Black American and Jewish ancestry. Rabbi Yosef Berman is co-founder of the New Synagogue Project and passionate about the power of community to create both personal and societal transformation. Both Jessica Valoris and Rabbi Yosef Berman are trained by Kirva, formerly The IOWA Project.


There are eight dates of communal learning and practice. The first session will be a full-day workshop that serves as an introduction to the concepts of care, mussar, and anti-racist practice. Following the workshop, there will be six sessions spread out over the next 12 weeks. Each of these sessions will last two hours.

Thursday sessions from 7:30pm-9:30pm

– May 23rd
– May 30th
– June 6th
– June 27th
– July 11th
– July 25th
– Sunday July 28th potluck closing session


Participants are expected to attend all eight sessions in person. During sessions and in between sessions, participants will engage in text study, partnered learning, and taking on the new practice of mussar.


The suggested sliding scale of contribution for this course helps offset program costs. Everyone is welcome to participate regardless of their ability to financially contribute. If money is tight, please register for the course without a donation.

Sliding scale for members: $75-150

Sliding scale for non-members: $150-300

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If you have any questions about NSP’s DRIO course, contact our Jews of Color Coordinator,

For more information on Kirva’s DRIO curriculum, visit