Racial Justice

Racial Justice

A group of hands of people of all races

This Black History Month, we must remind ourselves that racial justice is a Jewish issue and join with Jews of Color and people of color to advance racial justice. 

April Baskin
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
Fingers giving the peace sign in front of an Israeli flag

In this week’s parashah, we read one of the most famous lines of the Torah, incredibly apt as we view the challenges that lie ahead.

Rabbi Josh Weinberg
Press Release
Press Release

URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs on Charlottesville: We Condemn Neo-Nazi hate speech and call for an end to violence; but “Moral Equivalence of violence and hate “on many sides” is troubling. We commend the opening of President Trump’s statement condemning the “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence” but are deeply troubled by the moral equivalence evident in President Trump’s statement today. 

Teens & Racial Justice

When we received the opportunity of a Better Together* grant, designed to bring Jewish high school students and senior citizens together at Temple Sholom of Scotch Plains, NJ, we decided to address a request from our post-Confirmation students to engage in issues that challenge them in the real world.

Joel N. Abraham
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

Returning from Israel on the 2017 URJ Board Mission last week, I was handed a gift basket of food with an important message to share.

Miriam Chilton
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.


This election once again brought anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia, and misogyny to the foreground of American politics and, it is up to us to push them out of the mainstream of our civic life.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner

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