Meet the new head of UK Jewry’s first-of-its-kind racial equality commission

Jenny Frazer, The Times of Israel, 07/24/2020

As US-inspired racial justice protests sweep the world, the British Board of Deputies assigns Stephen Bush to listen to British Jews of color and implement policy change.

Jewish Groups Embrace BLM, With Conditions

Mari Cohen, Jewish Currents, 06/23/2020

IN AUGUST 2016, the Movement for Black Lives, a broad coalition of organizations associated with the Black Lives Matter movement, released a detailed platform that included a range of policy demands touching nearly every area of political concern, from criminal justice, to education, to the environment, to economics.

Juneteenth: Joy in the Midst of Pain

Shekhiynah Larks, Jewish&, 06/18/2020

While the death of George Floyd brings up personal traumas for many us, it’s important to remember that part of self-care is finding joy.

More than 1,500 sign letter calling for investment in ‘re-imagined’ covenant with Jews of color

Helen Chernikoff, The Forward, 06/17/2020

More than 1,500 people have signed an open letter published Friday that uses the religious language of “obligation” to demand that Jewish groups reserve 20% of board seats for Jews of color and take other steps to increase their representation at a time of national soul-searching about systemic racism.

How I Learned to Love Myself as a Black Jew

Aviva Davis, Alma, 06/16/2020

While I am so proud to be a queer Jewish woman of color, it has taken an excruciating amount of work to reach this point.

No, It’s Not Anti-Semitic To Schedule Your March For Yom Kippur

Barat Ellmen, The Forward, 09/25/2017

When the Jewish community learned that the March for Racial Justice was scheduled for Yom Kippur (September 30), outraged responses filled social media.

Aug. 28, 1955: The day Emmett Till launched a movement

Ernie Suggs, myAJC, 08/24/2017

The lynching death of a 14-year-old black boy in Mississippi awakened the country to the horrors of racism

The Year in Reading

Staff, New York Times, 12/19/2016

Two excellent books accompanied me through the darkness of these last months. The first was Wesley Lowery's "They Can't Kill Us All," a devastating front-line account of the police killings and the young activism that sparked one of the most significant racial justice movements since the 1960s: Black Lives Matter.

#BlackLivesMatter, A Jewish View

Diane Tobin, Jewish&, 12/16/2014

Black Lives Matter, on the first night of Hanukkah and also on the second night, the third night and every other night and day of the year.

#BlackLivesMatter: The Right vs Wrong Side of History

Marcella White Campbell, Jewish&, 08/19/2016

I don’t have to agree with every element of the Movement For Black Lives’ platform to advocate loudly and wholeheartedly for racial justice, any more than, fifty years ago, I would have had to agree with Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael, and Elijah Muhammad to support full citizenship for black Americans. Discussion and dissent have always been an essential part of social change.

Race in America: It's Personal

Gal Adam Spinrad, Jewish&, 07/11/2016

It’s personal. Those men, those boys, those women who have been killed for being black, Whose names are a list we read and reread and speak and call out to remember, Those precious lives that matter, They could be my son. They are my son. My son’s life matters.

The co-opting of Black Lives Matter could be its downfall

Seth Mandel, New York Post, 12/29/2015