Racial Justice Resources

Thursday, April 15 | 7:00pm

A Discussion of Anti-Asian Racism with Helen Zia

Noted journalist and activist, Helen Zia will discuss rising hate crimes, racial harassment, and discrimination against Asian Americans since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Zia will also discuss her life’s work as an activist for Asian American and LGBTQ rights, as well as share insights from her award-winning books— Asian American Dreams (a finalist for the prestigious Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize), My Country versus Me, and Last Boat out of Shanghai.




Tuesday, April 20 | 1:30-4:30

An Introduction to Anti-Racism

“...we need to wake up. We need to wake up to racism and white supremacy. We need to continuously educate ourselves about our true history" -- Dr. Jan Willis


Wednesday, April 21 | 6 pm

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America


Authors Richard Rothstein and Lila Corwin Berman discuss contemporary racial segregation across the United States. Panelists will dig into the history of public housing projects, suburbanization, and the actions of the federal housing administration and then interrogate the racial segregation and income gap in America today as a byproduct of explicit government policies at the local, state and federal levels.


Click here (and then select “Color of Law”) for registration/streaming options.

Thursday, May 13 at 6:00 pm

Struggling for the Soul of Public Education

Talk by Prof. Elise Boddie, followed by conversation with Prof. Lynda Dodd

Free - register here

Decades of research point to significant educational and social benefits of integration.  Yet public schools across the country are highly segregated, especially in New Jersey.  Professor Boddie will discuss the peculiar challenges of integration in the north and why school segregation is a threat to public education and to our democracy.

Elise Boddie is a Professor of Law, Henry Rutgers Professor and Judge Robert L. Carter Scholar at Rutgers University where she teaches constitutional law, civil rights, and state and local government law.  An award-winning legal scholar, Boddie’s research focuses on the spatial regulation of race and how dynamic systems perpetuate racial inequality. 


Lynda G. Dodd is a Lecturer in Public Affairs at Princeton University's School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA). She was the Joseph H. Flom Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science at The City University of New York-City College from 2010-2018, and prior to that was a law professor specializing in civil rights and constitutional law at American University's Washington College of Law.  


Sponsors: Not in Our Town Princeton, Princeton Public Library, Princeton Civil Rights Commission, Congregation Beth Chaim Racial Justice Task Force

Thursday, June 3 at 6:30pm on Zoom  

A Proud Heritage: The African American Presence and Contribution in the Sourland Mountain Region & Surrounding Area

Special virtual presentation and Q&A with local authors and historians Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills

Buck and Mills co-authored If These Stones Could Talk, based on more than a decade of research on the contribution of African Americans who lived in the Sourland Mountain region and surrounding area, for which they received a Kirkus Book Review and the New Jersey Author’s Award in the Non-Fiction Popular Works Category, among other recognition. Through the Museum, with partners including The Grounds for Sculpture and the New Jersey Historical Society, they helped to launch the Sankofa Collaborative to help individuals in schools, museums and libraries present, interpret, and discuss African American history. They are also co-founders of Friday Truehart Consultants, which works with K-12 educators to infuse African American history into curricula.


Cost:   A contribution of $18 per household is suggested to cover the cost of the event. Profits will be donated to the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum.

Please register here.

Congregation Beth Chaim is committed to becoming an explicitly antiracist organization, treating every day as an opportunity to live our values on racial justice through reflection, education, and action. 

Beth Chaim has convened a Racial Justice Task Force to coordinate its efforts to be an antiracist institution and foster deeper understanding around issues of race and racial equity. If you would like to join this group of congregants in working to promote racial justice, contact Rabbi Blum at rabbiblum@bethchaim.org for more details.



The Beth Chaim Racial Justice Task Force has compiled a living document of articles, videos, podcasts, and more to support your own learning, reflection, and action around racial justice.


Have other resources to recommend? Email bethchaimrj@gmail.com.

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