Race and Ethnic Relations

Race and Ethnic Relations

Side by side images of Rabbi Jonah Pesner and Reverend William Barber speaking from podiums at past advocacy events

Since the Charlottesville violence, there has been a reckoning and much public reflection about race in America. The result: The sense that business as usual cannot continue.

Rabbi Jonah Pesner & Reverend William Barber
View from bimah of Consultation on Conscience 2017 participants filling sanctuary (including the balcony)

With more than 800 Reform Movement leaders and activists gathered at the 2017 Consultation on Conscience, the excitement to build a more just world was palpable.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner
Passover seder setup with a small chalkboard that reads Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof

During Passover, the annual season of celebrating our redemption from slavery and oppression, we are confronted with the juxtaposition of our own freedom and the recognition of those who are still facing injustice in our modern world.

Rabbi Elizabeth Zeller and Alexa Broida
Posed group of smiling Jewish and Muslim teens

We encounter a world with increasing acts of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. If we can just learn to speak to one another, to appreciate our similarities and understand our differences, we might be able to make this world a better place.

Rabbi Paul Jacobson
Group of multiracial teens and adults standing on stage in front of a NFTY sign

NFTY's racial justice campaign is focused on helping teens learn, connect and do – to reflect, relate, and reform on matters of racial injustice, such as mass incarceration and voting rights.

NFTY

From now through Election Day, the Reform Movement and our allies will be vigorously defending the right to vote and access to the polls, and we’ll be doing our part to encourage and ensure high voter turnout. Join us.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner

This evening we launch Nitzavim: Standing Up for Voter Protection and Participation, the Reform Movement’s nonpartisan election year voting rights initiative. Here's how you can participate, tonight and beyond.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner

This High Holidays season, as we think about racial justice and voting rights this late summer and fall, we’re also thinking about other key issues that are important to repairing our broken world and combating racial injustice.

By Sarah Greenberg
Press Release

In response to the release of the Movement for Black Lives Policy Platform, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement on behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, ARZA: The Association of Reform Zionists of America, the American Conference of Cantors, Men of Reform Judaism, and the North American Federation of Temple Youth. "We reject wholeheartedly the notion that effective anti-racism work can only be done by denouncing and excoriating Israel."

Rev. William Barber and NAACP President Cornell Brooks have asked us to build on our significant participation in America's Journey for Justice last summer by protecting the right to vote this election year. We’re saying “Yes" by launching Nitzavim: Standing Up for Voter Protection and Participation. Here's how we're doing our part and how you can lead the effort.

Rabbis Rick Jacobs, Steven A. Fox, & Jonah Dov Pesner