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Anti-Racism Resources

Diversity Within the Jewish Community

What is Jewish About Respecting Differences?

Passport to Peoplehood for Families

Israel Resource Cards: Diversity

7 Jewish Books for Kids That Promote Diversity

URJ: Essays from Jews of Color

The Black Jews Are Tired

Be'chol Lashon: Judaism and Race


URJ Voices of Jews of Color

Discussion Guide

Video: A Message from Yolanda Savage-Narva (password: URJ5780)

Video: A Message from Evan Traylor (password: URJ5780)

Video: A Message from Deitra Reiser (password: URJ5780)

Video: A Message from Three Jews of Color (password: URJ5780)


Resources for Parents Educating Their Children

URJ Statement: Witnessing Protests, Rage, and Our Torah's Unbending Demand for Justice

Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent's Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice

George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. What Do We Tell Our Children?

How to Talk to Kids about Racism

YouTube: The Atlantic: How to Talk to Kids about Race

YouTube: Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester

National Museum of African American History and Culture: Talking About Race

10 Tips for Teaching and Talking to Kids about Race

Definitions of Racism

100 Race-Conscious Things You Can Say to Your Child to Advance Racial Justice

Teaching Tolerance: Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity – What’s the Difference?

Repair the World: Racial Justice Service Learning

Jewish Perspectives on Racial Justice

Picture Books that Teach Kids to Combat Racism

A Jewish Anti-Racist Reading List for Children of All Ages

31 Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance

Iconic Black Jewish Writer Julius Lester Should Be on Every Parent’s Radar

Sesame Street: Lupita Nyong'o Loves Her Skin

YouTube: A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory

Best Moments from CNN and Sesame Street's Town Hall on Racism for Kids and Parents

Talking to Kids about #blacklivesmatter


Resources for Educating Yourself

A Guide to Talking to Your White Jewish Family About Anti-Black Racism

Who Counts? Race and the Jewish Future

Mixed Multitude: On Judaism and Racial Justice

I Helped Coin the Term ‘Jews of Color.’ It’s Time for a History Lesson

My Jewish Learning: Blacks and Jews Entangled

My Jewish Learning: Jews in the Civil Rights Movement

Jewish Multiracial Network: Privilege Checklist

The Daily Show's Trevor Noah Explains our Social Contract

Glossary of Bias Terms

Racial Equity Tools Glossary

Definitions of Race

Definitions of Racism

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack (Peggy McIntosh)

What Is White Privilege, Really?

How Monique Melton Is Helping You Be An Anti-Racist

The New York Times: The 1619 Project

ADL: George Floyd, Racism and Law Enforcement

Jewish Social Justice Resources


Queer Jews of Color

Queer Jews of Color Resource List

Keshet: LGBTQ Jews of Color Resources

What It's Like To Be a Black, Gay, Professional Jew

Black, Gay, and Jewish: Passover Lamb and Sweeping Statements

Michael Twitty, Black Jewish Foodie, Talks ‘Culinary Justice’

He Is Black, Gay and Jewish — and He Sings in Yiddish!


Articles to Read

Why You Need to Care About Black Lives Matter: A Young Jew of Color Speaks to White Jews

I’m a Black and Jewish Woman. My Identity Matters

A Day in a Life: How Racism Impacts Families of Color [Info-graphic]

Try to See Me

For Our White Friends Desiring to Be Allies

How White Women’s Tears Threaten Black Existence

The Souls of White Folk

What Do We Do with White Folks?

White Space

Discourse and Debate: Is Performative Activism Inherently Bad?

When Feminism Is White Supremacy in Heels

Message to White Allies from A Black Anti-Racism Expert: You’re Doing It Wrong

Why Seeing Yourself Represented on Screen Is So Important

‘Believe Us’: Black Jews Respond to the George Floyd Protests, in Their Own Words


Books with Jews of Color for Adults to Read


Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness: Memoir of a White Mother of Black Sons by Jane Lazarre

Black, Jewish and Interracial: It’s Not the Color of Your Skin, But the Race of Your Kin, and Other Myths of Identity by Katya Bibel Azoulay

Black, White and Jewish by Rebecca Walker

Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk about Race and Identity by Lise Funderbergs

Lovesong: Becoming a Jew by Julius Lester

Oreo by Fran Ross

Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother by Jana Wolff

Shades of Community and Conflict: Biracial Adults of African-American and Jewish-American Heritages by Josylyn C. Segal

Under One Canopy: Readings in Jewish Diversity by Karen Primack

The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride

The Beautiful People of the Book: A Tribute to Ethiopian Jews in Israel by Colette Berman and Yosef Miller

Weaving a Family: Untangling Race and Adoption by Barbara Katz Rothman

20 Books by Black Jewish Authors You Should Read

You Can Order Today from these Black-owned Independent Bookstores


Books with Jews of Color for Children to Read

Book List from the Jewish Multiracial Network

Go to the website above for more information about each book and for more book recommendations.


I Love Jewish Faces by Debra Darvick (ages 5 and under)

A Turn for Noah: A Hanukkah Story by Susan Remick Topek (preschool)

Clap and Count! Action Rhymes for the Jewish Year by Jacqueline Jules (preschool)

Maccabee Jamboree: A Hanukkah Countdown by Cheri Holland and Rosalyn Schanzer (preschool and kindergarten)

What Makes Someone A Jew by Lauren Seidman (preschool and kindergarten)


Mrs. Katz and Tush by Patricia Polacco (elementary school)

Nappy Hair by Carolivia Herron (elementary school)

Abuelita’s Secret Matzahs by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso (elementary school)

It’s Challah Time! It’s Sukkah Time! It’s Hanukkah Time! It’s Purim Time! A Photographic Holiday Series by Latifa Berry Kropf (preschool)

Elijah Angel: A Story for Chanukah and Christmas by Michael Rosen (elementary school)

Day of Delight, A Jewish Sabbath in Ethiopia by Maxine Rose Schur (elementary school)

Four Sides, Eight Nights: A New Spin on Hanukkah by Rebecca Tova Ben-Zvi (elementary school)

Jalapeno Bagels by Natasha Wing (elementary school)

God’s Paintbrush by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso (elementary school)

Jewish Holidays All Year Round: A Family Treasury by Ilene Cooper (elementary school)

Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester (grades 1–5)

Harriet and the Promised Land by Jacob Lawrence (elementary and middle school)


The Storyteller’s Beads by Jane Kurtz (upper elementary and middle school)

Stealing Home by Ellen Schwartz (upper elementary and middle school)

Let My People Go: Bible Stories by a Freeman of Color by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack (middle school)

Always an Olivia by Carolivia Herron, Illustrated by Jeremy Tugeau (ages 7–10, grades 2–4)

Daughters of the Ark by Anna Morgan (ages 10 and up)

Black Mirror by Nancy Werlin (Ages 12 and up)


Zack by William Bell (teens)

Chloe Leiberman (Sometimes Wong) by Carrie Rosten (teens)

Bluish by Virginia Hamilton 

Celebrate Hanukkah With Light, Latkes, and Dreidels by Deborah Heiligman

Chag Sameach: A Jewish Holiday Book for Children by Patricia Schaffer


Books to Read about Racism

How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Color of Love by Mara Gad

Divided Sisters by Midge Wilson and Kathy Russell

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Fatal Invention by Dorothy Roberts


Locking Up Our Own by James Forman


The Miner’s Canary by Lani Guiner and Gerald Torres


The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon


Backlash: What Happens When We Talk Honestly About Racism in America by George Yancy


Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice by Paul Kivel


Films/Shows to Watch

Off and Running (2010)

Hidden Figures (2016)

Do The Right Thing (1989)

13th (2016; Netflix)

Selma (2014)

Cesar Chavez (2014)

The Visitor (2007)

American Son (2019; Netflix)

Dear White People (Netflix)

If Beale St Could Talk (2018; Hulu)

King in the Wilderness (2018; HBO)

See You Yesterday (2019; Netflix)

The Hate You Give (2018; Cinemax)

When They See US (2019; Netflix)

Black Panther (2018; Disney+)

Remember the Titans (2000; Disney+)

Ruby Bridges (1998; Disney+)

Glory Road (2006; Disney+)

Podcasts about Race and Racial Injustice

Code Switch: “Members of Whose Tribe?”

Code Switch: “A Tale of Two School Districts”

Scene on Radio: Seeing White: “How Race Was Made”


We Live Here: “At the Table and Dismissed”

The Daily: “A Weekend of Pain and Protest”

The Diversity Gap: “Why Are All of the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria”

Unlocking Us with Brene Brown: “Brené with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist”


Jews of Color on Social Media

13 Jews of Color to Follow on Social Media Right Now


Ways to Help

NFTY: Racial Justice

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism: Racial Justice

Ways Reform Jews Can Act Now for Racial Justice

What Non-Black Jews Can Do to Combat Anti-Black Racism

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

I’m a Black Reverend Whose Grandfather Marched with King and Heschel. Here’s How White Jews Can Support Black People Right Now

Guidelines for Being Strong White Allies

5 Tips For Being An Ally

Black Lives Matter: List of Ways to Help

Jews for Black Lives: 3 Actions You Can Take Right Now

URJ: Audacious Hospitality Pilot Toolkit



Be’chol Lashon


Jews in ALL Hues

Jewish Multiracial Network

Jews of Color: Field Building Initiative

Jews of Color Caucus

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Bend the Arc

National Council of Jewish Women



Communities United against Police Brutality

Equal Justice Initiative

Color of Change

The Loveland Foundation

We Need Diverse Books


Links to Resources from Other Synagogues

Antiracism Resources for Temple Beth-El, San Antonio, Texas


Rabbi Ruth Zlotnick, Creation Through Teshuvah: Reckoning with the Sins of Slavery & Racism, Yom Kippur 5779

Rabbi Ruth Zlotnick's Readings (accompanying Yom Kippur 5779 sermon)

Thu, August 5 2021 27 Av 5781