Centering Racial Justice and Jews of Color During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Centering Racial Justice and Jews of Color During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Zoom screenshot featuring the four Jews of Color who presented on the webinar discussed in this blog post

The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a bright spotlight on the deep structural racism in the United States. We have known that our Jewish community is not exempt from racism, even though we have always been multiracial.

The video below is a recording of a webinar exploring racial justice and observations from the field about how COVID-19 is impacting Jews of Color and Multiracial Jewish families. Presenters are Ilana Kaufman executive director of the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative; Angel Alvarez-Mapp, program and operations manager of the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative; April Baskin, racial justice director of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable and diversity consultant with Joyous Justice; and Gamal Palmer, senior vice president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.

If we are serious about building a world that is just, we must hear the call of these four leaders and continue to center and commit to racial diversity, equity, and inclusion work personally, in our synagogues, and in our communities. Now is the time not to shrink in our pursuits but to affirm our Jewish commitment to racial justice and equity.

For more on this topic, read "How the COVID-19 Pandemic is Impacting Jews of Color," which highlights first-person stories from members of the Reform Jewish community. 

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Deitra Reiser serves on the board of trustees of Temple Sinai in Washington, D.C., where she serves as co-chair of the Multiracial Sinai Committee. Read about that committee's work in "'Did Something Happen?' How We Started the Work of Becoming an Anti-Racist Synagogue."

Deitra Reiser

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