Anti-Racist Resources for Jews

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As is the case with our Covid-19 Resource pages, this is a living document and a work in progress. In the interest of responding to a pressing need, we are publishing knowing it is unfinished, and we will continue adding to it. If you know of other events, opportunities for solidarity, resources, or accounts that you’d like us to promote, please let us know.

We are making an immediate call for submissions of any medium (thought pieces, poetry, art, etc.) from JoCs, especially Black Jews. If you have anything to say or contribute we want to use our platform to amplify it. Our editorial staff are available to advise whether you consider yourself “a writer” or not, and can provide technical/digital assistance. If hardware is a barrier for you to create content, get in touch and we’ll help with that too. We compensate our contributors for their content.

Here is TC Jewfolk’s full statement on how we are currently changing our strategies to elevate the voices of Black Jews (and all Jews of Color), as our mission and values demand. We apologize for our role in marginalizing JoCs who are members of our community and we are committed to doing better.

Finally, inclusion in this resource page does not imply an endorsement by TC Jewfolk/Jewfolk, Inc. and should not be taken as such. There may be links to causes or organizations below that do not fit with the thinking and/or values of every single member of our Twin Cities Jewish community. We encourage you to take a look at some of them regardless to best understand this complex situation.

Front Line Actions

A cautionary note about attending or amplifying protest events: Anyone can create an event page. Before you share or go, find out who the organizers are. Checking their profile picture is not enough—does it look like a real account or a burner? Check to see who has shared that particular event. If the event is not organized/promoted by Black leaders or a reputable allied group, exercise extreme caution & skepticism. Attending any front line action always carries some personal risk. However, experienced organizers know how to identify, plan for, and mitigate risks. They are trained in deescalation tactics. If participants are anticipated to risk arrest event organizers should have bail or jail support prepared.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Hands On Twin Cities

Twin Cities Mutual Aid Project

Organizers to Follow

Black Lives Matter Minnesota

Black Lives Matter TC Metro

Black Lives Matter St. Paul

Black Visions

CAIR-Minnesota

Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB)

Families Supporting Families Against Police Violence

Million Artist Movement

Minnesota Disability Justice Network

Minnesota Youth For Justice

Racial Justice Network

Reclaim The Block

Twin Cities Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee

Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar

Resources to Support the Minneapolis Protests

Follow Support the Cities for mutual aid & community service pop-up opportunities

Get Tested for Covid (if you test positive or haven’t been tested but display symptoms, stay home)

Participate Safely, Responsibly, and Respectfully

ACLU

Communities United for Police Reform

Vice

Wired

Women for Political Change MN

Digital Security & SafetyGuide to Protesting

Map of self-service bike repair stations

Citizen Safety App

Creature Friend Finder (help finding/aiding a friend arrested in protests)

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Actions from Home

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Upcoming Events

MLK Day of Service opportunities (AmeriCorps) Many Dates

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. as His Movement Lives On (Anti-Defamation League) Webinars, Resources, & Calls to Action

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike (The Workers Circle) 6:30 – 8 p.m. CT Thursday, January 14. $18 suggested

In Honor of MLK: The Relentless Pursuit of Racial Justice (The Jewish Theological Seminary) Friday, January 15 12 – 1:15 p.m. CT

Virtual MLK Shabbat Worship Service (The Temple Atlanta) 6 p.m. CT Friday, January 15

40th Annual Concert: A More Excellent Way – Honoring the Legacy of John Lewis (UMN Office for Equity and Diversity) 3 p.m. Sunday, January 17

Judaism & Justice: A Morning of Meaningful Learning (Shalom Hartman Institute & UJA Federation) 8 – 10 a.m. Monday, January 18

2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast (UNCF) 8:30 a.m. Monday, January 18

Morning Coffee & A Call to Service: Exploring the Intersection of Black & Jewish Identity in America (The Jewish Federations of North America) 9 a.m. CT Monday, January 18

23rd Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration (Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association) 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Monday, January 18

Beloved Community, Beloved Connections: 2021 MLK Day Celebration (MN Department of Human Rights) 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 18

Standing for King’s Dream and Justice (Black Lives Matter TC Metro) 12 p.m. Monday, January 18. Saint Paul Central High School

Volunteerism: A Bold Conversation (Hands On Twin Cities) 1 – 2 p.m. Monday, January 18

Soul To Soul Virtual Concert (Gordon Center for Performing Arts, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene & JCC Association of America) 3 p.m. Monday, January 18

Acting on Dr. King’s Call (Minnesota Historical Society) 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Monday, January 18

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration (Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board) 6:30 – 7:30 Monday, January 18

Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Program (Hamline University) 4 p.m. Tuesday, January 19

HBCU Legacy of Leadership (Minnesota Historical Society) 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 19

An Intimate Journey in the Juvenile Criminal Justice System (The Workers Circle) 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. CT Tuesday, January 19

We Are All MLK: Upholding Beloved Community (Minneapolis Community & Technical College) 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 21: Reflections on King’s work relevant to today’s struggles; 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Town Hall Meeting on social justice and healing

Staying in the Fight (Minnesota Historical Society) 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Thursday, January 21

1 City, 2 Realities (Hands On Minnesota) various times January 18 – 21. $8

Reimaginging Community Safety in the Jewish Community (JCA) 2:30 – 5 p.m. Sunday, January 24

A Conversation with Resmaa Menakem (UMN Office for Student Affairs) 10 – 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 26

Free Minds Workshop (The Workers Circle & Repair the World) 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. CT Tuesday, January 26

Northside Stories: Shared History, Shared Promise (Northside Achievement Zone & National Council of Jewish Women MN) 4 – 5 p.m. Thursday, January 28

Flight, Fight, and Flow: Self-Healing (Twin Cities PBS) 6 – 7 p.m. Thursday, January 28

TC Talks! Marshall Tanik, Attorney with Meyer Njus Tanik (Minnesota JCC) 9 – 10 a.m. Monday, February 15

We Rise: Building an Anti-Racist Jewish Community (Kehilla Community Synagogue) 6 p.m. CT Sunday, February 21. $10+

Incorporate the Kaddish for Black Lives from Jewish Multiracial Network into your Shabbat

Justice In June | Justice In July

MPD 150: How You Can Help (MPLS, June 2020)

Vote! Request your absentee ballot to vote by mail or find out where to vote in person

Support the BREATHE Act

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Jewish Community & JoC-Led Orgs

Adath Jesurun Congregation’s Antiracism Committee

Be’chol Lashon

Beth Jacob Congregation’s Antiracism Position Statement

Black and Jewish Facebook Group

Dimensions

Edot: The Midwest Regional Jewish Diversity Collaborative

Evolve (An Initiative of Recontructing Judaism)

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Jewish Community Action

Jews for Racial & Economic Justice

Jewish Multiracial Network

Resources | Privilege Checklist | Organizational Assessment

Jews of Color Field Building Initiative

Jewish Social Justice Roundtable

Racial Justice Resources | Pilot Racial Justice Framework

Jewtina

Mount Zion Temple Tzedek Committee

Multiracial Jewish Association of Minnesota (MJA)

Not Free to Desist

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Hearts and Minds: A Model Discussion About Racial Justice

Shir Tikvah Racial Justice Task Force

T’ruah

TribeHerald

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Resource Sharing ($$$)

Shop with Black-Owned Businesses in the Twin Cities

Black Business Matters Minnesota

While we make every effort to ensure that we have linked to official pages that direct funds where they say they do, please do your own research and be aware that not all of the following are 501(c)3 organizations and your donation may not be tax-deductible. We believe these are groups deserving of support regardless of their tax status.

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Organizations to Support

Al Maa’uun

All Square

Appetite for Change

Black Table Arts Cooperative

Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL)

Du Nord Riot Recovery Fund

Intersection of Hope

Juxtaposition Arts

Keiko’s Kitchen / Keiko’s Electric Herbs

Lake Street Council

The Legal Rights Center

Little Earth Residents Association

Longfellow Community Council

Minnesota Voice

Neighbors United Funding Collaborative

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Northside Strong x McKinley Neighborhood Organization

Philando Castile Relief Foundation

Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment

The Somali Museum of Minnesota

Urban League Twin Cities

West Broadway Business and Area Coalition x Northside Funders Group

Women for Political Change

ZACAH

Individual/Family Funds

Funeral costs & support for the family of Dolal Idd

Justice for David McAtee

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Resource Sharing (Goods & Services)

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MN Mental Health Providers of Color Database created by Larry Yang

The People’s Laundry

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Anti-Racist (Un)Learning Resources

Articles & Op Eds

TC Jewfolk’s George Floyd Coverage, Tzedek + Tikkun section, and Exodus and Equity series

5 Jews From Across the Country Share Why They Joined the Black Lives Matter Protests by Josefin Dolsten

Against Analogy by Ben Ratskoff

An opportunity to confront white supremacy and create a Jewish, intersectional future by Jared Jackson

The Anti-Black And Anti-Semitic History Of “Outside Agitators” by It’s Going Down Staff

Arming Synagogues Will Make Them Less Safe – For Black Jews. Stop Erasing Us. by Bentley Addison

As a Jew of Color, I Need More People in My Community to Speak Up by Danielle Ziri

As Jews of Color, We Need You to Read This by Alma Staff

Ashkenormativity Is a Threat to All Jewish Communities by Isaac Ofori-Solomon

Being a Black Jewish Woman in America on January 6 by Tova Ricardo

‘Believe us’: Black Jews respond to the George Floyd protests by Josefin Dolsten

Black Jewish Woman Speaks out on Racism She Experienced at L.A. Jewish Day Schools by Chana Hall, Ariel Sobel

Black Jews Are Grieving, and We Need You to Help Us Mourn by Shekhiynah Larks

Black Jews Are Not a Monolith by Jesi Taylor Cruz

The Black Jews Are Tired by Chris Harrison

Black Jews to white Jews: Change your relationship with police by Ari Feldman

Checked Boxes by Shoshanna Hemley

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Dancing between Light and Shadow – Increasing Awareness of the Impact of Covid 19 Disparities on Jews of Color by Yavilah McCoy

Dear Jewish community – here’s what to do now by Jeremy Burton, Josh Sayles, Lindsey Mintz And Rori Picker Neiss

Dear Jewish Community: We Can’t Return to ‘Normal’ by Isaac Ofori-Solomon

Dear Jews, Black Lives Can’t Only Matter When You’re Criticizing The Movement by MaNishtana

I Helped Coin the Term ‘Jews of Color.’ It’s Time for a History Lesson. by Shahanna McKinney-Baldon

The Heavy Baggage that Comes With Being a Black Jewish Convert by Liyah Foye

Jews of Color and the Policing of White Space by Rebecca Pierce

Jews of Color, Covid-19, Civil Unrest — An Argument for Inclusion by Nate Looney

Jews of Color Deserve Teshuva by Yoshi Silverstein

Jews for Racial Justice Move the Conversation About Police Brutality Into White Communities by Chris Crass & Marjorie Dove Kent

Jews Should Understand Why Black Americans Need Reparations Now by Lilli Sher

A Love Letter to My Black Jewish Mom by Aviva Davis

My Black Father’s Legacy by Yaffy Newman

Other by Naomi Bethune

Skin in the Game: How Antisemitism Animates White Nationalism by by Eric K. Ward

Things Must Change by Nyemadi Louise Dunbar, D.A. Bullock, & Melanie Walby

Ways Your Congregation Can Act Now for Racial Justice by Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner

We Need to Stop Erasing Mizrahi Jews by Sarah Boxer

What It’s Like to Be a Black Jewish Writer by Natasha Díaz

What It’s Like to be a Trans Jewish Woman of Color by Dahlia St. Knives

What It’s Like to Grow Up As a Black Orthodox Jew by Sara Levine

What Non-Black Jews Can Do to Combat Anti-Black Racism by Clara Sophia Camber

White Jews: Stop Calling Yourselves “White-Passing” by Nylah Burton

Why You Need to Care About Black Lives Matter by Aviva Davis

Books & Studies

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9 Writers Who Perfectly Capture What It’s Like for Jews of Color by Nylah Burton

20 Books by Black Jewish Authors You Should Read by Emily Burack

Black History Month Library

Black-Jewish Relations in the United States from Jewish Virtual Library x Encyclopedia Judaica

Black Lives Matter book list from Red Balloon Bookshop

Black-Owned Book Stores

Books for Adults list from the Jewish Multicultural Network

The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Enough Is Enough! A 150-year performance review of the Minneapolis Police Department (Expanded Edition 2020) from MPD 150

A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota edited by Sun Yung Shin

Handbook for Jewish Communities Fighting Mass Incarceration from T’ruah

Noname Book Club

Reading for Racial Justice books free to read online through August 31 from University of Minnesota Press

Religion and Race (1963) by Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Slavery’s Reach: Southern Slaveholders in the North Star State by Christopher P. Lehman

A Toolkit for Addressing Criminal Justice at the Local Level from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs

Podcasts & Radio Programs

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1619 (NYT)

Call to Mind: Spotlight on Black Trauma and Policing (MPR)

Can We Talk? Episode 43: Black Lives Matter (Jewish Women’s Archive)

Catalyst: with Unite & Rebuild MSP (KFAI)

Code Switch (NPR)

Community voices on the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing (MPR)

Intersectionality Matters! (The African American Policy Forum)

Jews Talk Racial Justice with April and Tracie (Joyous Justice)

Momentum (Race Forward)

Roxane Gay, Anna Deavere Smith and Tay Anderson on the protests’ hope and despair (PBS)

Somali Link Radio: with Abdu Rahman (KFAI)

Wholly Jewish (ReformJudaism.org)

Film & Video

Adath Jeshurun Yom Kippur Forum on Security and Antiracism on YouTube

Anti-Semantics: Sifting Through Whiteness and Jewish Identities on YouTube

Art & Artists on Being Black & Jewish (Facebook)

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Black Lives Matter Collection on Netflix

Blackness, Jewishness, and America series from Shalom Hartman Institute

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | for Jewish Professionals

Broken Bird (Rachel Harrison Gordon) on Vimeo

How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them (Vernā Myers) on TED

I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin) on PBS

A Jewish conversation about Juneteenth (The Forward) on YouTube

Jewish Council on Public Affairs Webinars

White Nationalism, Racism and Antisemitism in America Today

Ending Racism in America: A Discussion with Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP

Black Lives Matter: A Conversation on Being Black and Jewish at this Moment

King In The Wilderness (Peter Kunhardt) on HBO

Racism in the Jewish Community: The Uncomfortable Truth (Ilana Kaufman) on YouTube

Revolution Now (Rachel Cargle) on YouTube

Standing in Solidarity (Bend the Arc) on FB Live

‘Start Repairing The Wrong’: St. Paul Passes Resolution To Create Slavery Reparations Commission on CBS Minnesota

Tisha B’Av: Mourning and Reimagining Safety (Bend the Arc) on FB Live

Who Counts? Race and the Jewish Future (Ilana Kaufman)

Courses & Communities

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Anti-Racist Training (free thru January  31) from Diversity & Resiliency Institute of El Paso

Audacious Hospitality from Union for Reform Judasim

Culturally Responsive Teaching: Awareness to Action ($49) from Learners Edge

The Great Unlearn with Rachel Cargle

Guide for Facilitating Anti-Racism Conversations (At the Well)

In Solidarity – Around the Shabbat Table (OneTable)

Joyous Justice: Diversity Coaching & Consulting with April N. Baskin

Living the Legacy Civil Rights Lessons from Jewish Women’s Archive

Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups by Craig Elliott, PhD

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(Un)Learning with Kids

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Anti-Bias Education articles, lesson plans, kid lit, & more from the Anti-Defamation League

Black Lives Matter Instructional Library (links to read-aloud videos)

Books for Diversity

The Conscious Kid

Diversity in Jewish Children’s Books (Kveller)

Elmo’s Dad Explains BLM (Sesame Street)

Embrace Race

Webinars

How to Talk to Your White Kids About Racism by Natalie Oleson

How We’re Talking to Our Black Jewish Kids About George Floyd by Alina Adams

A Jewish Anti-Racist Reading List for Children of All Ages by Lior Zaltzman

The work of Julius Lester

Ramsey County Library book recommendations

Talking About Race (Nat’l Museum of African American History & Culture / Smithsonian)

Talking Race with Young Children (NPR)

Talking With Kids About Racism (PJ Library)

They’re Not Too Young to Talk About Race! (The Children’s Community School

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Individuals & Accounts to Follow

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Aaron Freeman (Sciency Optimist) (YouTube)

Aaron Samuels (Instagram) (Twitter) (Web)

Amadi Lovelace (Twitter)

Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell (Twitter)

April N. Baskin (Twitter) (Instagram)

Ashager Araro (Twitter) (Instagram)

Aviva Davis (Twitter) (Instagram)

Bentley Addison (Twitter)

Chanda Prescod-Weinstein (Twitter)

Evan Traylor (Twitter) (Instagram)

Faith Kalson (Instagram)

Rabbi Isaama Goldstein-Stoll (Instagram)

Jonny B. Mitchell (Twitter) (Instagram)

Lara Monroe (Twitter)

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Marra Gad (Twitter)

Michael Twitty (Twitter) (Instagram)

Nadine Batchelor-Hunt (Twitter) (Instagram) (Web)

Natasha Díaz (Twitter) (Instagram) (Web)

Natasha Tripplett (Twitter)

Nissim Black (Instagram) (Twitter) (YouTube)

Noah Shufuntinsky (aka Westside Gravy) (SoundCloud) (YouTube) (Twitter)

Rachel Harrison-Gordon (Twitter) (Vimeo)

Rebecca Pierce (Twitter)

Rabbi Sandra Lawson (Twitter) (Instagram)

Shais “MaNishtana” Rishon (Twitter) (Instagram)

Shekhiynah Larks (Instagram)

Sheree Curry (Twitter)

Shirley Gindler-Price (Twitter(Web)

Tahuonia Rubel (Instagram)

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Tema Smith (Twitter) (Instagram)

Yaf Newman (Instagram)

Yasmine Esther (Instagram)

Yitz “Y-Love” Jordan (Twitter) (Instagram)

Zac Stern (Twitter)

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