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 North 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

The Case for Reparations (by Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic)

Guide to Allyship (by Amélie Lamont)

Intersectionality and Israel (Israel Action Network)

Pursuing Racial Justice, Fighting Antisemitism (by Jonathan Greenblatt, Medium.com)

Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups (developed by Craig Elliott, Ph.D.)

Books to Read

Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)

Colorblind Racism (Meghan Burke)

The Color of Law (Richard Rothstein)

A History of the Jews (Paul Johnson)

The New Jim Crow (Michelle Alexander)

The Racial Contract (Charles W. Mills)

Slavery By Another Name (Douglas Blackmon)

Strength to Love (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

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

Why We Can't Wait (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Podcasts to Listen To

Is It Time to Say RIP to "POC" (NPR's Code Switch)

Member of Whose Tribe? (NPR, hosted by Gene Demby and Shereen Marisol Meraji)

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)

Short Videos & Webinars to Watch

The Danger of a Single Story (TED Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)

How Racial Bias Works and How to Disrupt It (TED Talk by Jennifer L. Eberhardt)

Recording and Resources from Supporting the Social Safety Net and Advancing Racial Equity Webinar (August 6, 2020)

Video Messages from Deitra Reiser, Yolanda Savage-Narva and Evan Traylor, and a Discussion Guide for the Videos (Union for Reform Judaism)

What is Systemic Racism? (Dr. Tony Evans)

Resources for Parents & Educators

Culturally Responsive Curriculum Scorecard (NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development)

Fighting in the Face of Racism (iWitness at USC)

Social Identities and Systems of Oppression (National Museum of African American History & Culture)

Talking About Race (National Museum of African American History & Culture)

Resources Focused on Jews of Color

Be'chol Lashon (GlobalJews.org)

Building the Field for Jews of Color (eJewish Philanthropy)

Jewish Word: Jews of Color (Moment Magazine)

Our True Colors (Tablet)

Writings (Tema Smith)

"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.