Please contact Rachel Beerman, Racial Justice Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What to Read
Local Book Stores in Buffalo
Contains articles on many Black heroes in history who were pioneers and ground breakers in many different fields.
What to Listen to
Discussions on racial disparities, policy, and equality with a key focus on How to Be an Antiracist and understanding how to uproot racism in society and within ourselves.
Fourteen-part documentary series by John Biewen, featuring Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika that looks at where the notion of “whiteness” comes from and why it has led to white-identity politics and police brutality.
What to Watch
Twenty-five years after the verdict in the Rodney King trial sparked several days of protests, violence and looting in Los Angeles, LA 92 immerses viewers in that tumultuous period through stunning and rarely seen archival footage.
Interweaving lecture, personal anecdotes, interviews, and shocking revelations, lawyer Jeffery Robinson draws a stark timeline of anti-Black racism in the United States, from slavery to the modern myth of a post-racial America.
In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary—part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion.
Jews of Color
Jews of Color are members of the Jewish community who, in addition to identifying as Jewish, also identify as one or more non-white racial or ethnic group. This section’s resources are for Jews of Color, their friends, families, co-workers, and the Jewish community at large to offer connections, support, joy, and understanding.
Episode No. 14: American Jewish Communities After George Floyd features guests Ginna Green of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice and Jews of Color Field Building Initiative, and Isaiah Rothstein of Hazon with host Yehuda Kurtzer discussing the stake of American Jews in the struggle.
Little White Lie is a personal documentary about the legacy of family secrets, denial, and the power of telling the truth.
Opportunities to Act
Over the Month of Elul, before the Jewish High Holidays which encourage individual and communal reflection, take part in Confessions of the Heart, a racial equity challenge offered by Jewish Emergent Network. The challenge consists of 30 days of anti-racism reflection, discovery, action, and transformation through a daily regimen of readings, videos, podcasts, and calls to action through daily prompts and two virtual communal conversations.
Become involved with the Jewish Multiracial Network, an organization that supports Jewish diversity throughout communities via capacity development, community development, community empowerment, and social capital. You can participate by signing up for the JMN newsletter, attending a JMN event in your area, volunteer with JMN, or go to the annual retreat.
An organization that is committed to using the full Constitutional power, statutory authority, and financial resources of the federal government to ensure that African Americans and other marginalized communities have the opportunity to achieve the American Dream.
Racial Justice Action Challenges
Read and discuss Jewish texts for a d’var torah on Racial Justice.
START DISCUSSION ABOUT RACE WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY.
Encourage them to read and discuss books and articles about race.
Racial Justice Sub-Committee
The Racial Justice Sub-Committee grew out of the recommendations from the Racial Justice Working Group in February 2021.
Another recommendation was to engage in Jewish Federation of North America’s Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion(JEDI) program. Jewish Buffalo is one of the inaugural cohorts in the JEDI program which began in May 2021. This year-long intensive program focuses on education as a means to engage and ultimately empower the Jewish community on racial equity in our Jewish and larger community. JEDI will be rolling out a curriculum for cohort communities to use. For more information, click here.
- Corey Auerbach, Chair
- Deborah Goldman, JCRC Chair
- Rabbi Ori Bergman
- Marc Brown
- Adam Fogel
- Brenda Freedman
- Hannah Gabelnick
- Amy Heumann
- Risé Kulick
- Rene Petties Jones
- Harvey Sanders
- Samantha White
- Shelly Yellen,
BJF President and ex-officio
- Mara Koven-Gelman,
- Rachel Beerman,
Racial Justice Coordinator
- Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein,
- Rob Goldberg,
CEO Buffalo Jewish Federation