DC Jewish Anti-Racism

CRD-1 Jewish members belong primarily to three congregations within Washington DC. Additional national and local links on Jews and Anti-Racist work below.

Hill Havurah (Northeast, Washington DC)

Hill Havurah has recently established a Racial Justice Task Force and used high holidays of 5781 (fall 2020) to focus on racial justice issues in several ways.

Here is Rabbi Hannah Spiro’s sermon on racial justice and rebuke —

Here is the Selichot Sources: Toward Anti-Racism supplement used for the holidays and beyond.


New Synagogue Project (Northwest, Washington DC)

New Synagogue Project — only a few years old, as the name might suggest — was founded to include a Jews of Color Space. In addition, NSP attempts to include racial justice in all decision-making: for example, choosing to rent, thus supporting older Black institutions in the neighborhood (Israel Metropolitan CME Church and First Baptist Church of Petworth), rather than buying space and contributing to displacement of Black residents.

Holiday programming often focuses on anti-racism: a Purim party supporting Black Lives Matter DC’s Official Cop Watch Team, e.g., and 2020 Elul Queer Talmud Study on Reparations. Rabbi Joseph Berman’s 2019 high holiday sermon focused on shifting visions of the “mixed multitude” within Judaism (stories behind paywalls; sorry). Regular activities include teaching on prison abolition and re-envisioning safety.

Envisioning Prison Abolition, 1/20/20, program in conjunction with Black Youth Project 100.

Temple Micah (Northwest, Washington DC)

Temple Micah has been promoting various kinds of learning around anti-racism and established an affinity group for Black, Indigenous, and Jews of Color over the summer of 2020.

Here is information about the Yom Kippur program, “American Atonement for Racism,” with Professor Eddie Glaude, author of Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own.

Here is the program itself —


See also Svara: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva (linked to NSP), which has been learning and teaching around anti-racism. Here, e.g., is a teaching on a “Theology of Abolition.”

We also recommend, connecting with the following organizations of Jews of Color:

Ammud: JOC Torah Academy — https://www.ammud.org/

Bechol Lashon — https://globaljews.org/

Edot HaMidwest: Midwest Regional Jewish Diversity Collaborative https://edotmidwest.org/

Jews in ALL Hues — https://upstartlab.org/innovator/jews-in-all-hues/

Jews of Color Field Building Initiative — https://jewsofcolorinitiative.org/

Jewish Multiracial Network — https://www.jewishmultiracialnetwork.org/

And these, some of the many Jewish organizations doing some anti-racist work:

Jewish Emergent Network — http://www.jewishemergentnetwork.org/

Jews for Racial and Economic Justice — http://jfrej.org

Jews United for Justice-Baltimore — https://jufj.org/where-we-work/baltimore-md/

Multiracial Sinai Committee, Temple Sinai (DC) — https://templesinaidc.org/multiracial-sinai/

Tikkun Olam/Social Action Team, Adas Israel (DC) — https://www.adasisrael.org/socialaction

Uri L’Tzedek — http://utzedek.org/

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