Our observance shouldn’t be limited to studying Jewish involvement in the Civil Right Movement (we see you, Freedom Riders). Black History Month isn’t about patting “white saviors” on the back but rather about celebrating the accomplishments of African-Americans.
Yesterday, Jewish supporters of Black Lives Matter marched into Grand Central to support the family of Ramarley Graham, killed five years ago by police.
While I appreciate the Senate's gesture and statement, I am also distrustful. Throughout history, the main way anti-Semitism has functioned has been for people in true positions of power to pick off the Jews to use as their scapegoats, fig leaves and shields to protect them from opposition from the main targets of their exploitation and oppression. They want to divide us Jews from other, oppressed, minority communities, making us unsympathetic of their correct claims of abuse by the power structures, until such a point that minority communities direct their rage at the more accessible Jews, rather than at the true, deep sources of their oppression. This has happened for centuries, and it's happening right now. We Jews have to resist being played as pawns in this way and maintain our solidarity with all oppressed communities, even as we take responsible measures to protect ourselves.
If you’re worried about hail victory salutes in DC and swastikas in parks and on subways (as we should be), start asking not whom you should disallow, but whom you should invite into your life.
On the eve of the New Year, here are a few sermon ideas to make your community more cohesive and inclusive, not less.
After seeing a #BlackLivesMatter protest, Carmel Tanaka wonders why she never saw herself as a Jew of color, and what might the movement mean for Canada?
Jewschool interviews Ladino singer-songwriter about her new children's album and her quest to save Ladino.
"We are asking the Jewish community to show up for their Jews of Color brothers and sisters in this moment...We need your voices. We need your help. We need your love."