Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Resources

The Religious Action Center, the Reform Movement’s social justice hub, emerged as a result of the Civil Rights Movement, and this history carries a lasting legacy on our social justice work today. Though racial justice and civil rights have been at the center of our work for over 60 years, this campaign comes at a critical and urgent moment. The racial reckoning rooted in 400 years of oppression and dehumanization that emerged during the tragic events of summer 2020 revealed with clarity to many white people in the United States that BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) experience systemic racism on a daily basis.

To make real and impactful change, we must turn our gaze inward to do the essential Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (REDI) work within our communities and ourselves. Deep-rooted transformation cannot be achieved until we commit to this internal antiracist work on both the community and individual levels.

REDI and antiracism is one of main components of the Racial Justice Campaign. Find resources below on how to engage in this important REDI and antiracism work, both individually and within your Jewish community, during this campaign and beyond:

Resources for white people engaging in antiracist work

White people often have good intentions as they process their understanding of current events and topics around race but still often cause unintentional harm to People of Color in the process. Below are resources for white people to digest so they can prevent unnecessary harm when entering cross-racial dialogues, conversations, and spaces.

Antiracism in your congregation & community

You might think that your community has years of experience assembling committees and taskforces, and you already have a great blueprint for building your DEI Working Group. However, we are asking you to assemble your DEI focused group in a potentially different way than you might have done previously. With respect to preparing to take the Community Assessment, a DEI Working Group is a small group of people in your community from a wide range of identities that come together to first invest in creating sustainable trusting relationships, establish a strong foundation, and then begin utilizing the Assessment to address your community’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. While this may sound like something your community has done before, we ask that you consider following closely to the order and steps listed below. The process we have outlined was designed to disrupt “business as usual” and garner meaningful results. 

The RAC periodically runs trainings for people interested in learning more about assembling DEI Working Groups and race-based affinity spaces. We encourage you to check our calendar for upcoming events and trainings!

Additional Antiracism Resources

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Understanding Reparations: A Three Part Series

Though the main focus of the Racial Justice Campaign is focused on voter suppression, the Reform Movement is partnering with Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and Temple Sinai of Washington D.C. to host a three-part series on reparations. Please register to join the three-part series to learn more about reparations, the historical and economic impact, and a Jewish perspective for repair.

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Yolanda Savage-Narva and Professor Darin Johnson

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Freedom to Vote

Free, safe, and accessible elections are a central aspect of a healthy democracy. These barriers to vote include strict voter ID laws, restricting registration, reducing voting hours, eliminating polling locations, and deleting voters from registration lists.