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. 

Upcoming Discussion/Action Sessions:

  • Tues., Sep 22, 7:00-8:15pm via Zoom
  • Thurs., Oct 8, 7:00-8:15pm via Zoom
  • Thurs., Oct 15, 7:00-8:15pm via Zoom
  • Tues., Oct 20, 6:00-7:00pm via Zoom

Daily Resource Learning September/October

SEPTEMBER remainder of month: A Jewish Mixed-Race Memoir
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.

OCTOBER 1: Jewish Values for Anti-racism in our Reform Jewish Community
Rabbi Pesner in conversation with Jewish activists: Moral Resistance and Spiritual Authority: The Fierce Urgency of Now 

OCTOBER 2: Centering Voices of Jews of Color
MaNishtana, What Makes This Jew Different Than All Other Jews: Race, Difference, and Safety in Jewish Spaces

OCTOBER 3: Centering Voices of Jews of Color
Shahanna McKinney-Baldon, I Helped Coin the Term Jews of Color and it’s Time for a History Lesson

OCTOBER 4: Centering Voices of Jews of Color
Ilana Kaufman, Racism in the Jewish Community: The Uncomfortable Truth

OCTOBER 5: Black and Jewish and Anti-Semitism and Racism
Shekhiynah Larks, Who’s the Enemy: Why This Black Jew is Tired

OCTOBER 6: Determining Solidarity
Yehudah Kurtzer, Building Coalitions- Linda Sarsour and American Jewish Politics

OCTOBER 7: Understanding Black Lives Matter Platform and Anti-Semitism Concerns
Black Lives Matter, American Jews, and Anti-Semitism: Distinguishing between the Organization, the Movement, and the Ubiquitous Phrase, 

    2016 Movement for Black Lives Matter (one of the streams of BLM) Platform (note Page 3, Bullet 2)

    2020 Updated Black Lives Matter platform

OCTOBER 8: Black Lives Matter Support in the Jewish Community
Rabbi Josh Weinberg, Union for Reform Judaism, Why I am a Zionist for Black Lives Matter

OCTOBER 9: Black Lives Matter Support in the Jewish Community
Maayan Belding-Zidon, Stop Using Israel as a Support to Not Support Black Lives Matter

OCTOBER 10: Black Lives Matter Support in the Jewish Community
Reform Jewish Leadership Statement: Black Lives Matter is a Jewish Value

OCTOBER 11: Black Lives Matter Support in the Jewish Community
Unequivocally Black Lives Matter NY Times Jewish Community Advertisement

OCTOBER 12: Racism and Anti-Semitism in White Supremacy
Eric K. Ward, Skin in the Game: How Anti-Semitism Animates White Nationalism

OCTOBER 13: Beyond Ashkenormative– “Jewish And…”
Be’chol Lashon, Persian Singer Embraces Multiple Roles: Band Leader, Scholar, and Teacher

OCTOBER 14: Beyond Ashkenormative
Hen Mazzig, Why Does Holocaust Remembrance Day Ignore Middle Eastern Jews

OCTOBER 15: Beyond Ashkenormative
YLove, pick a music video: http://thisisylove.com/#video

OCTOBER 16: Beyond Ashkenormative
Lishai Peel, Connecting to My Jewish-Indian Roots

OCTOBER 17: Centering Jews of Color in Community
Yitz Jordan (YLove), A JCC for JOCs

OCTOBER 18: Anti-racism Commitments–What’s Our Mitzvah?
Not Free to Desist


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 the summer reading of the RS Anti-Racism Work Group:

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