Anti-Racism Resources

Diversity Within the Jewish Community

URJ Voices of Jews of Color

Resources for Parents Educating Their Children

Resources for Educating Yourself

Queer Jews of Color

Articles to Read

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 NetworkGo 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

Jews of Color on Social Media

Ways to Help


Links to Resources from Other Synagogues