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Brit Olam Racial Justice Cohort

racial justice

Whether your community has been working thoughtfully on issues of racial justice and inclusion for a long time, or if you are just starting out, this cohort will support you in the work of becoming more diverse, aware, and impactful in your activism. 

Jewish Values

  • In the Torah, Jews are taught to accept others, without prejudice or bias. The Torah states "You shall not hate your kinsfolk in your heart. Reprove your kinsman, but incur no guilt because of him. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against your countrymen. Love your fellow as yourself: I am the Eternal" (Leviticus 19: 17-18). For more on racial justice and Jewish values, check out:
    • Reflect, Relate, Reform - a framework designed for synagogues and communities to spur learning and conversation about racial diversity, about the deep racial disparities that afflict our society, about how we as Reform Jews can join the struggle for racial justice.
    • Reform Movement Resolutions - The Reform Movement and the RAC work together across lines of difference to fight the structural racism that is embedded in our society and to advance justice for all people, regardless of race or ethnicity.

Federal Legislative Action Opportunities

  • Ensuring opportunity for returning citizens – Urge Congress to pass the Fair Chance Act which would even the playing field in the job market for formerly incarcerated people.
  • Restoring Voting Rights – Urge Congress to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA) which would restore protections against restrictive and discriminatory voting laws.

Resources and Educational Opportunities