Racial Justice Resources

“The opposite of racist isn't 'not racist.' It is 'anti-racist.' What's the difference?

One endorses either the idea of a racial hierarchy as a racist, or racial equality as an anti-racist. 

One either believes problems are rooted in groups of people, as a racist, or locates the roots of problems in power and policies, as an anti-racist.

One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an anti-racist. 

There is no in-between safe space of 'not racist.’”

― Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist

As a Jewish community, guided by the duty of tikkun olam and informed by our people’s own history of oppression, we are committed to ending the enduring legacy of American racism.

This work starts at home: training ourselves and helping our loved ones to be anti-racist, treating every day as an opportunity to put our values on racial justice into action.

These resources are to help nurture our understanding of race, racism, police brutality, and White privilege, and to foster conversations about these urgent issues. This page includes resources for adults and children, with special guidance for caregivers to guide conversations with kids. 

Letter to the Congregation

Ways Reform Jews Can Act Now for Racial Justice

by Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Racial Justice

Resources for Talking to Kids about Racism, Police Brutality, and White Privilege

Reform Judaism - Pursuing Social Justice

Want to be more actively antiracist but feel unsure where to start? Get your antiracism and allyship work on the right track with books, shows, articles, TED Talks, and more that provide a look into institutional racism, privilege, and the lived experiences of People of Color and of Black Jews in particular.

Books about Racial Justice

White Fragility 

Me and White Supremacy

Just Mercy

Scenes of Subjugation

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