justice

The questions of ethical living today...

...are answered with clarity in Jewish sacred texts.

We ought to:

treat one another as being created in the image of God,

not stand idly by the blood of our brother,

recognize that we were once strangers and immigrants,

work for redemption, 

pursue justice,

have faith and cultivate hope,

take time for self-reflection and make amends, 

establish a fair justice system,

lift up gratitude,

care for the stranger the widow and orphan,

listen intently,

respond to others' needs with active presence, 

act justly, love mercy and love humbly.

These values guide our actions.

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Rosh Chodesh Racial Justice Review

Rosh Chodesh celebrates the start of the Hebrew calendar month marked by the new moon. It is a time to reflect and think about what new energy we want to bring into the month ahead. 

 

This past year, the world began to awaken to the devastating impact of America’s relationship to racism. We have seen how the dignity of human life has been violated time and time again. The message of Judaism is clear: each life is sacred and infinitely valuable. A reflection of the Divine, in fact. And so, such inhumanity is regarded as an affront to the Creator. 

 

The Rosh Chodesh Racial Justice Review will provide structured space to explore the nature of systemic racism from top thinkers, and help us to reflect upon the ways we participate in, and are impacted by systems of oppression. 

 

Understanding the way racial injustice works is the first step in remedying the problems, taking us one step closer toward a world affirming of all. Let’s make 2021 a year of actively remedying racial injustice. 

Register HERE.

Selected Writings:

Rabbinic Reflections After 30 Years in an Interfaith Family

Article by Rabbi Miller

Ongoing Education:


We are constantly exploring injustice and working towards the

repair of the world. Click on the links below for works we have

found to raise our awareness and inspire our action.

Books:

When They Call You A Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors

White Fragility by Robin D'Angelo

N**** Theory by Jody Armour

Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

Justice in the City by Rabbi Aryeh Cohen

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

JewAsian by Helen Kim and Noah Leavitt

Solidarity Politics for Millennials: A Guide to Ending the Oppression Olympics by Ange-Marie Hancock

Caste: The Origins of our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

The House of Memory: Stories by Jewish Women Writers of Latin America by Marjorie Agosin

The Color of Love: The Story of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl by Marra Gad

Articles:

"White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack," by Peggy McIntosh

"White Privilege, An Account to Spend," by Peggy McIntosh

Why Jews Should Care About Mass Incarceration by T'ruah

Ending Mass Incarceration is a Jewish Issue by T'ruah

"Research Shows Entire Black Communities Suffer Trauma after Police Shootings" by Tasha Williams 

"How Latinx People Can Fight Anti-Black Racism in Our Own Culture" by Angie Jaime

"The Changing Face of Jewish Identity:" by Yavilah McCoy in Sh'ma Magazine 2003

"Kimchee on the Seder Plate" by Rabbi/Cantor Angela Buchdahl in Sh'ma Magazine June 2003

"Mitzvot During Christmas" by Rabbi Heather Miller in Sh'ma Magazine 2003

"Properties of Being: Jewish Families" by Marla Brettschneider in Sh'ma 2003

Other Media:

13th Film by Ava DuVernay

Beyond the Oppression Olympics by Dr. Ange-Marie Hancock

Kids Teach Adults About MicroAggressions by Hatch of SheKnows

Pro-Blackness, Accountability, and Racism with Rosa Clemente & Eva Longoria

Justice Organizations we are inspired by and

have been involved with:

Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice

Institute for Policy Studies

Jews for Racial and Economic Justice

Women's Rabbinic Network

Liberty Hill Foundation

Union for Reform Judaism, Social Action Committee

Resource Generation

Wellesley Racial Justice Initiative

Additional Justice Organizations we are inspired by:

Gender Justice:

Safety, Respect, Equity Network

Gender Justice LA

Trans Justice Funding Project

Racial Justice:

Dignity and Power Now

Youth Justice Coalition

Community Coalition

Black Lives Matter LA

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