Engage in Racial Justice

 

Bigotry takes many forms. As Jews we have experienced it for centuries. Now, we need to better understand the racial struggles across America. Together, we can make a difference, but we need to start by listening and learning. This resource list is just a beginning. But every journey must begin somewhere.

Our sages taught “the day is short, the work is long. We are not required to finish the task but neither are we free to desist from it.” (Pirke Avot, 2:21).

 

We approach this work with both humility and determination. We can learn to do better. And we will.

 

Here’s a great place to start your learning.

Articles to Read




Guide to Allyship, by Amélie Lamont


The Intersectionality Wars, by Jane Coaston


Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups, developed by Craig Elliott, PhD






Books to Read


Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates



Colorblind Racism, by Meghan Burke


How to Be An Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi





Slavery By Another Name, by Douglas Blackmon




This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa




Podcasts to Listen To


Intersectionality Matters! Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw


Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast Hosted by Chevon and Hiba


Scene on Radio – Seeing White Series Hosted by John Biewen and collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika


Wholly Jewish Podcast, hosted by April Baskin

Videos to Watch













Webinar Recording: Juneteenth: What's It All About? (June 19, 2020)


Webinar Recording: How Should We Be "Talking About Race?" (July 13, 2020)



Webinar Recording: The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race and American Identity (Aug. 26, 2020)


Union for Reform Judaism: Video messages from Deitra Reiser, Yolanda Savage-Narva and Evan Traylor and a discussion guide for the videos.

Resources for Parents & Educators








Resources Focused on Jews of Color





Jewish Diversity, with Ilana Kaufman



Our True Colors, by Marra B. Gad



"Racism is man's gravest threat to man — the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason."

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

We Are In This Together

These are not simple issues. But we will do whatever is needed until these battles are won. We will educate ourselves. We will ensure the security of all. We will come together with people of all races and religions to do the hard work that has to be done. Hineni. We are here.