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Racial Justice

We carry memories of racial solidarity past even as we turn a blind eye to racial injustice today. We love to celebrate our legacy as leaders in the civil rights movement, forgetting, by the way, how many Jews 50 years ago thought we should keep our heads down and stay out of it. We pat ourselves on the back with pictures of Rabbi Heschel marching with Rev. Dr. King, even as we let that legacy lapse. As one of my colleagues put it: “Are we just running on the fumes of Heschel?” When did prophetic zeal turn to privileged complacence? How did solidarity turn to silence and separation?

Rabbi David Segal
Smoke billowing from a tower against a sunset

This year, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Aaron Torop
Rabbi Pesner speaks at the CBC prayer breakfast

This post is adapted from remarks offered by Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 48th Annual L

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner

Governor Brown recently signed into law SB-10, the Money Bail Reform Act.

Rabbi Ken Chasen & Lee Winkelman
monument made of 12 stones arranged around each other

On August 11-12, 2017, neo-Nazis marched proudly past our synagogue and on the streets of our city, bringing their message of hate and showing the world that white supremacy is alive, proud, and un

Rabbi Tom Gutherz, Congregation Beth Israel
Image of a globe, zoomed in on the United States

This post is adapted from a sermon given at Temple Sinai in Washington, DC on Friday, June 29, 2018.

Rabbi Fred N. Reiner

On a hot summer August day in 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stepped out of his car and was greeted by a mob of 700 angry white protesters in Marquette Park on Chicago’s southwest side.

Rabbi Lisa Bellows

On Monday, May 14th, I was arrested for participating in direct action with the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Reviva

Rabbi Hannah Goldstein

This blog post is adapted from the prayer offered by Rabbi Sachs-Kohen at the Maryland Poor People's Campaign on Monday, May 21st. 

Rabbi Elissa Sachs-Kohen