Reform Jews played a vital role in the fight for racial equality, voting rights, and more in the 1960s, and that commitment continues today. Each year, the Reform Jewish Movement honors the legacy of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by commemorating the Shabbat nearest to MLK Day as Shabbat Tzedek. Here you'll find resources for both MLK Day and Shabbat Tzedek observation.
The Union for Reform Judaism shares a robust list of resources that provide a look into institutional racism, privilege, and the lived experiences of Jews of Color.
Find resources, including our congregational toolkit, created by the URJ Audacious Hospitality team to help you make your community more equitable and inclusive.
Here are a few things your congregation can do now, as well as resources and other opportunities from the URJ and our partner organizations.
The Reform Movement believes, unequivocally, that Black Lives Matter. Learn more about racial justice work in Reform congregations, write to Congress, and more.
To truly follow Judaism’s imperative to pursue justice, we must study and emulate the parts of Dr. King’s work that may make us uncomfortable.
Join other congregational leaders who are discussing racial justice and dismantling systemic racism in The Tent, the URJ’s communications and collaboration platform.
The first season of our podcast Wholly Jewish features interviews with Jews of Color sharing their experiences, insights, and how they enrich and create a more vibrant Jewish community.
As you build a library for young people in your family or synagogue, prioritize books that include diversity, multiculturalism, antiracism, and prejudice reduction. This list of books is a great place to start.
Created in partnership with Repair the World, this discussion guide raises complex issues and challenges our vision of a just society.
Prayer and Liturgy Materials
These resources for clergy and congregational leaders provide prayer and liturgy materials on racial justice and civil rights and can be used to plan a religious service that celebrates the civil rights movement, social justice and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Religious School Resources
These lesson plans can be used to introduce MLK Day or the civil rights movement to synagogue or interfaith community education classes.