The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others have brought the issue of systemic racism glaringly to the forefront of our collective conscience. Congregation Shaare Emeth is committed to partnering with other community organizations to call out white supremacy and work to end systemic racism. With the creation of the Committee on Racial Equity and Inclusion, we are also committed to furthering our individual and congregational antiracist education and training, as well as working to make our congregation an inclusive home for all Jews and people of color.
In our weekly Tzedek (justice) email you will find suggested readings or videos, as well as action items we can begin to take. You can also find some of those articles curated below. If you have questions or are interested in being involved in this important work, contact Stacy Jespersen at [email protected].
Please read the URJ’s statement: Black Lives Matter is a Jewish Value by clicking HERE.
Tzedek (Justice)-Oriented Articles
Becoming a Parent in the Age of Black Lives Matter by Clint Smith
America, This is Your Chance by Michelle Alexander
Skin in the Game: How Antisemitism Animates White Nationalism by Eric K. Ward
Stop Comparing Anti-Semitism and Racism in America by Hana LaRock
In Missouri, Citizens Need to Lead the Way on Voting Access by Milkayla Allen
Beginning Thursday, July 9 for Five Weeks
Looking Back to Move Ahead:
History and the Long Road Toward Racial Justice in America
A Five-Week Film and Discussion Series presented by the Tzedek Committee
Thursdays July 9, 16, 23, 30 and August 6 from 7 – 8 p.m.
Watch the film on your own beforehand and then join us for any of all of the discussions.
In May, some members of our congregation participated in Continued Equity Education Series 1, an interfaith film and Zoom discussion series offered by Rev. Gabrielle Kennedy, director of Faith and for the Sake of All (https://faithandforthesakeofall.org/) an organization committed to educating faith and conscience communities about health disparities in and other life outcomes between African American and white St. Louisans, and working toward action steps to address those disparities.
We invite you to a congregational version of that film and discussion series in July moderated by participants in the Continued Equity Education Series.