Click here to learn about Beth El’s Racial Justice Initiative
To learn more or get involved, please contact
Rachel Bearman at email@example.com
Rabbi Sonya Starr: Deep in Our Memories, on Historical Trauma in the Jewish and African-American Communities
Sunday, March 6
Co-sponsored with the Lifelong Learning Committee
Click here to view the recording
This webinar led by Rabbi Sonya Starr will analyze historical trauma as experienced by Ashkenazic/White Jews and American Blacks in order to understand how to move forward together in healthy ways. We will look at the effects of historical trauma and its present day triggers while trying to understand the difference between institutionalized oppression and social/cultural prejudicial experiences. Ultimately the goal will be for participants to walk away from this webinar with greater self awareness and the ability to determine personal and communal next steps in creating healthy and just lives for all American citizens.
Sonya Starr was ordained at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1994. For the last 21 years, she was the rabbi at the Columbia Jewish Congregation (CJC) in Columbia MD which she left in June 2021 to pursue full time social justice work. During her time at CJC, she helped her congregation create a sacred arguing policy, a social justice policy, and worked on issues ranging from marriage equality, local green issues, mental health awareness, equal pay for equal work, immigrant justice, and racial justice collaboration. Currently she is an interim organizer at the Religious Action Center where she is working in Pennsylvania on legislative redistricting using a racially just lens and in Illinois on ending source of income discrimination, which disprortionately affects Black and Brown residents.
Resources from this session:
Upcoming Racial Justice Learning Opportunities
Book Discussion Group,
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
Select Thursdays beginning March 10, 7:00 pm
Click here to sign up
The Racial Justice Task Force is offering an opportunity to discuss the book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson. This 4-session book group will meet Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 pm by Zoom. The scheduled dates are March 10, March 17, March 31, and April 7.
In order to create continuity in the discussion, participants are asked to commit to the four sessions. Please complete the form even if you are interested but unable to participate on the scheduled dates. Book group information, including the Zoom link, will be sent closer to the start of the book group. If you have questions, please contact Aviva Starr at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sue Gidwitz at email@example.com.
Readings, Podcasts and Videos on Racial Justice
To independently explore topics of racial justice, the task force compiled this resource list.
- The Case for Reparations, Ta-Nehisi Coates 2014
- White Jews–Wake Up. We’re Part of the Problem, Matt Fieldman 2020
- Religion and Race Speech, Abraham Joshua Heschel 1963
- Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters: Lessons for 2020 from Heschel’s 1963 address on religion and race, Micah Strieffer
- What is Owed? Nicole Hannah Jones, 2020
- Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, Peggy McIntosh White Privilege 1989
- Jews of Color Love Judaism but Often Experience Racism in Jewish Settings, Yonat Shimron 2021
- Whataboutism and Why It Needs to Stop in Social Justice Activism, Helena 2021
- Moving the Race Conversation Forward, Race Forward (4 min)
- How can we win? Seeking justice not revenge, Kimberly Jones (6 min)
- How Racial Bias Works and How to Disrupt It, Jennifer Eberhardt (11 min)
- Racial Wealth Gap, Explained Netflix (16 min)
- How racism makes us sick, David Williams (17 min)
- Racism in America: A History in Three Acts, James Dator (1 hour)
- How to be an Antiracist, Imbram X Kendi (1 hour)
- #14: American Jewish Communities After George Floyd, Identify Crisis Podcast, June 4, 2020 (49 min)
- Member of Whose Tribe? NPR Codeswitch, April 18, 2018 (31 min)
- I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, Unlocking us with Brene’ Brown June 2020 (64 min)
- Hope into Practice, Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite our Fears by Penny Rosenwasser
Looking for more? The following link can provide additional resources including articles, books, podcast, videos, webinars, and curricula https://www.jewishtogether.org/racialjustice.