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.