Resources for Embracing Racial Diversity in Our Jewish Communities

Compiled by Rabbi Julie Zupan and April Baskin

The following organizations, articles, books and digital materials serve as resources for congregations and other institutions to continue the work of embracing diversity in our communities:


Jewish Multiracial Network

Be’chol Lashon

Jews for Racial & Economic Justice

Jews in All Hues


Articles and Blog Posts

An ongoing series in the Forward, “In Jewish Color” 

“White Like Me: A Woman Rabbi Gazes into the Mirror of American Racism,” by Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb

“The Changing Face of Jewish Identity: Inside, Outside, and Other” by Yavilah McCoy 

“Kimchee on the Seder Plate” by Rabbi Angela Warnick-Buchdahl 

“They Needed Parents and We Needed Children” by Rabbi Victor Appell

“For The Sin of Prejudice: Growing Up Jewish as a Person of Color” by Rafael Lev

“17 Things Black Jews are Tired of Hearing” by Amana Ariel

“Time to Look within: Some thoughts about racial diversity within the Jewish community” by Jessica Trubowitch

“The Origins of ‘Privilege,’” by Joshua Rothman

“Why We Must Work to Undo Racism as Jews” by Rabbi Ellen Lippman

“What Its Like for Non-White Jews During the High Holidays” by Carol Kuruvilla

"10 Rules for Engagement for White Jews Joining the #BlackLivesMatter Movementby Rabbi Susan Talve and Sarah Barasch-Hagans

A collection of links to resources: “Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism" by Jon Greenberg



Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice, revised and expanded 3rd edition by Paul Kivel

“Why White Parents Don’t Talk About Race” in NurtureShock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race, and American Identity by Eric L. Goldstein

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander with study guides

Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do by Claude M. Steele

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson with study guide from RAC Reads

Waking Up White by Debby Irving with study guide from RAC Reads 

Between the World and Me by Te-Nehisi Coates

“Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” and Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine


ELI Talks/Ted Talks

Ilana Kaufman, Who Counts? Race and the Jewish Future

Abby Knopp, Dignity of Difference: A Place for Everyone at the Shabbat Table

Verna Myers, How to Overcome Our Biases


Racial Justice Advocacy Resources

RAC Criminal Justice Reform

RAC Voting & Elections

Brennan Center for Justice

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Jews For Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ)

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

Raising Race-Conscious Children