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Racial Equity and Inclusion

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.

Please read the URJ’s statement: Black Lives Matter is a Jewish Value by clicking HERE

Upcoming Events:

Register for James Baldwin and the Jews
Thursday, January 14, 7 p.m. – An Introduction to James Baldwin
Thursday, January 21, 7 p.m. – A Film Discussion of I Am Not Your Negro

This two-week mini-series explores the teachings of novelist, essayist and poet James Baldwin and how his opinions and perspectives remain relevant to our Jewish community today.

Sponsored by Shaare Emeth’s Racial Equity and Inclusion Committee, this program will be facilitated by Dr. Ellie DesPrez and Dr. Holly Bernstein. While the program is free, registration is required. Once registered, you will receive copies of the readings and links to be able to watch the movie before the discussion on January 21. Register 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

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