RS Anti-Racism Journey Group 
A long-term group where we will learn, work on ourselves, and understand our roles in anti-racism work. Please contact Candice Nemoff if you are an RS member and would like to participate in this group. 

To further our work of anti-racism in ourselves and in our world, RS’ Anti-Racism Work Journey Group began by studying the voices of black leaders and Jews of color, and has now launched a Learning Challenge. We invite the congregation to participate, learn, act and grow. Our 21-Day Challenge (provided by the American Bar Association) began yesterday; join us in the discussion or just in the reading! 
 
Click here for Our 21 Day Challenge (from the American Bar Association) at RS starting Wednesday, July 1 
 
Discussions of the 21 Day Challenge Resources:
Thurs., July 2, 6:00pm; Register here
Tues., July 7, 6:00pm; Register here
Tues., July 14, 6:00pm; Register here
 
Livestream Event with Ibram X. Kendi “How to Be an Anti-Racist”
Mon., July 20, 7:00 pm; Register here

 

 

“Access to the Blessing: George Floyd, Our Privilege, and White Supremacy”: Rabbi Jill Maderer’s D’var Torah Delivered on June 5

 

RS Statement on Anti-Racism

The divine image has been diminished by the recent unconscionable killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Dreasjon Reed, Tony McDade, and countless others, manifestations of systemic racism that has for many years pervaded the education, justice, economic, and healthcare systems, and now COVID-19 trends of our city and nation. Jewish tradition teaches: “Tzedek, tzedek tirdof/justice, justice you shall pursue.” We are responsible for the learning, the listening, and the action that will lead to justice.
 
The destruction and looting now present in our city bring yet another layer of loss and fear to an already challenging season of pandemic in our lives. We are thinking of our Rodeph Shalom family with love and prayers for safety. 
 
Our clergy is in conversation with multi-faith leaders and clergy of color, and we recommend learning from these thinkers to guide our anti-racist actions: 
 
1) How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
3) Talking to Kids about Race, National Geographic 
 
May we be safe and may we be inspired to do good in our very broken world.
 
Rabbi Jill Maderer
Rabbi Eli Freedman
Henry B. Bernstein, President