Standing for Racial Justice

Click here to view Shared Resources from CJC’s Standing for Racial Justice Committee

Click here for an Archive of highlights from past CJC Weekly Updates. Each highlight features a selected resource from the list above. 


Preparing for Passover

The rabbis set aside the month before Passover to prepare for the Passover experience.  Cleaning, shopping, changing dishes, and preparing the Seders were seen as time-consuming events that enhanced the overall experience of the holiday.  This year, as we recite we were slaves in the land of Egypt, let us remember that institutional racism in the United States still holds many African Americans back from living free and just lives.  In preparation for Passover, consider listening to this webinar that Rabbi Starr gave in the beginning of March about Historical Trauma, or using this Dayenu written by Rabbi Starr at your Seder.  

Deep in Our Memories

This presentation was held March 1, 2021

Click here for a recording of Deep in Our Memories

Traumatic experiences leave permanent scars on one’s soul and genetics.  Trauma, Historical trauma that happens to a whole community magnifies those scars.  This session will look at the research on historical trauma as it applies to Jews, and African Americans:  similarities and important differences. 

Rabbi Starr is presenting this virtually for Congregation Shaarai Shomayim in Lancaster, PA. 


This presentation was held February 14, 2021

Biased  (Whether You Know It Or Not)
from the book Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do”, by Jennifer Eberhardt, Ph. D.

Join Rabbi Gordy Fuller  for this book discussion, even if you haven’t read it yet, to learn more about how we may have unconscious biases, and how we may have gotten them. We all have a lot to learn, and we are not alone in this. Click here for more information and to register.

1619, 1654, 2020: Jews, Race and U.S. History

This presentation was held January 31, 2021
presented by Dr. Marc Dollinger

Click here for a recording of 1619, 1654, 2020: Jews, Race and U.S. History by Professor Marc Dollinger
Click here for a recording of Standing Up For Racial Justice with Professor Marc Dollinger

With protests gripping the nation, so many American Jews are reflecting on systemic racism and ways we may be able to help. Join us for a candid, and probably difficult, journey through American Jewish history as we explore historical documents about Jews and racism. We will think about what is means to “become American” and the ways that racism has played among and within the Jewish community.  Click here for more details and to register.