Juneteenth: A Message from Reboot’s CEO
As a Jewish organization with a focus on reimagining traditions and rituals, Reboot knows the power of holidays to connect us to the past and remind us of what’s important in the present. Today is Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Reboot acknowledges that white supremacy and anti-Blackness are present in the Jewish community and cause harm. Reboot affirms that Black Lives Matter and condemns the racial oppression that continues today. And Reboot makes a commitment to doing the work needed to achieve racial equality within our organization and beyond.
We commit to continuing the work of building an anti-racist community within the Reboot Network. As a Jewish arts and culture organization and the R&D arm of the Jewish community, we will use our tools and resources to support the Jewish community as it continues to tackle this important issue, and we commit to commissioning work from Black Jews and Jews of Color that will help us tell new stories that pave the way to a future that is free of racism and oppression.
June 19, 2020
David Katznelson is the CEO of Reboot. A Grammy nominated music producer, in his 30+ years in the music industry, he worked in high school for Bill Graham Presents, as a college radio DJ, as vice president of A&R at Warner Bros., and as the head of the independent label group, The Birdman Recording Group, Inc. Katznelson served as the chair of Reboot’s board of directors since 2012 and he is also one of the first members of the Reboot network, and has been an active member of the community from Reboot’s inception. He is a co-founder of two of Reboot’s most successful initiatives – The Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation and the Dawn Festival, a Shavuot celebration in San Francisco.