RS Anti-Racism Work Group 

Centering brown and black voices, we commit to the sustained work of anti-racism in ourselves and in our world.  God creates a single person first, for the sake of peace among humankind that one should not say to the other, “My lineage is greater than your lineage; my race is greater than your race” (Talmud). Please click here if you are an RS member and would like to participate in this group. 

In this season of our anti-racism work and action, we will read and discuss Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson; we will welcome as a speaker Marra B. Gad, the author of our fall reading The Color of Love: A Story of a Mixed Race Jewish Girl; we will learn from POWER organizers about ways to strategize for policy around economic dignity, education, and justice reform, and we will organize a training for later this winter, open to the congregation. New participants may sign up for the anti-racism work group at


Learning, Discussion and Action Schedule (more to come soon):

Thursday, March 11, 7:00pm: Marra B. Gad speaks on her memoir The Color of Love: The Story of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl
Thank you to the Behrend Lecture Fund for sponsoring this event.


Please Note:

For our Discussion and Action Sessions:

Covenant for Interaction.  I will strive to…
Assume good intent
Use I statements
Take my share, and only my share, of space
Approach with curiosity assuming there’s something new to discover
Welcome discomfort in challenging ideas, diverse opinions and disagreement
Be mindful our group is multi-racial
Show respect and not shame
Ask for clarification
Not judge
Be present as an active listener
Interact in a way that honors the oneness of God and of us all

To catch up on previous readings of the RS Anti-Racism Work Group:

Daily Resource Learning for October

“Unlearning Racist Conditioning” podcast with Erin Trent Johnson and ABA 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge

Marra Gad, The Color of Love: A Story of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl
An experience of one black and Jewish voice of our time and also preparation for the High Holy Days.