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Racial Justice Resources
Temple Beth Shalom is a community that is committed to the pursuit of “Tzedek” – “Righteousness.”
As Dr. Ibram X. Kendi writes, "What is the problem with being 'not racist'? It is a claim that ignifies neutrality: "I am not a racist, but neither am I agressively against racism." But there is no neutrality in the racism struggle. The opposite of racist isn't not racist. It is anti-racist.
Engaging in racial justice work is difficult, but we must engage. While the challenge to change hearts and minds may seem insurmountable, we are inspired by the words of our tradition that teach, "It is not your responsibility to finish the work, but neither are you free to desist from it."
Please utilize the resources on this website to deepen your knowledge and reflection around race and racial justice.
Additionally, we here at TBS are engaged in the work of racial justice. Please be in touch with Rabbi Julie Bressler if you are interested in learning more about upcoming programs and opportunities for engagement.
Books to Read
The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
So You Want to Talk about Race by Ikeoma Oluo
How to Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
The Color of Love by Mara Gad
White Fragility by Robin Deangelo
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
Online Resources Guides
The Latest from the URJ/Reform Movement
What White People Can Do for Racial Justice
Jewish Council for Public Affairs Resources on Racism and Racial Justice
Justice in June (Educate yourself a little bit each day)
Anti-Racism Resources for White People
Anti-Racism Resources for Parents and Kids
Racial Justice Learning Resources from the Jewish Education Project
Netflix Black Lives Matter Homepage
A List of Movies and Documentaries Available to Stream
Nice White Parents (Available on Apple Podcasts)
Support Local Black-Owned Businesses
An extensive list of Black and Brown owned businesses in the Greater Boston Area
French Press Bakery & Cafe