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In response to our messages and posts regarding the tragic death of George Floyd and consequent protests, many of you have asked what you might do? “What organization can I donate to?” “How can I best support communities of color?” “Where can I learn more about racism and racial justice?” We have, therefore, collected resources which you can find below. We hope that they will help to inform and provide you avenues for action and support.

B'shalom,

Rabbi Barry Lutz and Cantor Kerith Spencer-Shapiro

Compilation:

Anti-Racism Resources: a large compilation of Books, Articles, Podcasts, and Anti-Racism Organizations https://bit.ly/3gMud21

 

Justice in June: https://bit.ly/3gPL8Rt

 

Book: White Like Me, by Tim Wise

Book: Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race, Debby Irving

Book: When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Ashe Bandele

Book: Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad

Book: The Color of Love by Marra Gad

Children’s Books:

Malcolm Little by Ilyasah Shabazz
Something Happened in Our Town by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins and Ann Hazzard
My Hair is a Garden by Cozbi A. Cabrera 
Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh
Young Water Protectors by Aslan Tudor
My Family Divided by Diane Guererro 
We Are Grateful by Tracey Sorelll
I am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer
Schomburg by  Carole Boston Weatherford
Lailah’s Lunchbox by Reem Faruqi
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
The Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren
Moses by Carole Boston Weatherford
When I Was Eight by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
Happy in Our Skin by Frank Manushkin 
Ruby Bridges Goes to School by Ruby Bridges
Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
Little Leaders by Vashti Harrison
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hammer by Carole Boston Weatherford

Article: “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” by Peggy McIntosh, associate director of the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women https://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/mcintosh.pdf

 

What is Juneteenth to a Black Jew? https://reformjudaism.org/blog/2020/06/16/what-juneteenth-black-jew?utm_source=TMT-THURSDAY&utm_campaign=Feature&utm_medium=email&utm_content=2020_6_18

More information and resources regarding Juneteenth https://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm

Resolution on the Study and Development of Reparations for Slavery and Systemic Racism in the U.S. https://urj.org/what-we-believe/resolutions/resolution-study-and-development-reparations-slavery-and-systemic-racism

Article: 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice, https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234

 

Article: Criminal Justice: “Why can law enforcement officers do that?” Qualified Immunity: Explained https://theappeal.org/qualified-immunity-explained/

 

Organization: Coming to the Table, “Working together to create a just and truthful society that acknowledges and seeks to heal from the racial wounds of the past, from slavery and the many forms of racism it spawned.” https://comingtothetable.org/

 

Organization: anitRacism Project, https://www.antiracismproject.org/

 

Organization: Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ): https://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/about.html

 

CCAR Statement: https://www.ccarnet.org/central-conference-of-american-rabbis-statement-on-racist-killings/

 

URJ Statement: https://urj.org/blog/2020/05/30/urj-statement-witnessing-protests-rage-and-our-torahs-unbending-demand-justice-0

 

Resources: Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism:

https://rac.org/racial-justice and https://rac.org/racial-justice-reflect

 

Actions: Ways Your Congregation Can Act Now for Racial Justice: https://bit.ly/2Bsqira

 

Organization: https://indivisible.org/resource/taking-action-solidarity-minneapolis

 

Tikkun Olam Committee

Tikkun Olam - repairing the world - is a pillar Jewish principles and values, and it is also a something that our congregation works to exemplify through continual programs and partnerships year-round as well as with special projects. By providing paper and re-usable bags for St. Joseph's Center, collecting foods and other household items for SOVA, gathering children's clothes and supplies for Baby2Baby, and so many other programs, our Tikkun Olam Committee works to be a support to bettering our congregation and community at large. If you would like to learn more about programs or get involved please contact the synagogue offices, via email or phone 310.472.1255. Click here to sign-up to be on out Tikkun Olam Committees communications.

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Social Justice

"As Jews we are called b'nai nevim - or children prophets, bearers of a prophetic call for justice and righteousness, for morality and ethical living."

At University Synagogue, we approach our responsibility to work for Social Justice via three avenues: Education, Advocacy, and Action. Many of our efforts are focused on ending homelessness, a major problem in Los Angeles - but we also address many other issues, including food insecurity, environmental issues, health, and working to end genocide and alleviate the suffering of those who it threatens and displaces. We also coordinate with Reform Judaism's social justice advocacy organization, the Reform Action Center (RAC). Our commitment to Social Justice infuses not just our congregational life but our children's religious education as well. 

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