The first black U.S. senator lived an extraordinary life

Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, 02/20/2020

Hiram Revels subverted slave states and recruited soldiers in the Civil War. In the 150 years since his election, he remains one of only 10 black senators ever.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, dreams of a better conversation about race

Melanie Lidman, Times of Israel, 01/20/2020

Be’chol Lashon, an organization that promotes ethnic diversity within Jewish community, publishes curriculum in honor of U.S. civil rights leader to tackle difficult identity issues.

Multiracial churches growing, but challenging for clergy of color

Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service, 01/20/2020

For four hours at a megachurch outside of Dallas, pastors of color shared their personal stories of leading a multiethnic church.

Ten Years After “The New Jim Crow”

David Remnick, The New York Times, 01/20/2020

Sometimes a book comes along and, after it is absorbed into the culture, we cannot see ourselves again in quite the same way.

10 Thought-Provoking Movies to Watch on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Molly Pennington, Reader's Digest, 01/20/2020

Revisit the history of the Civil Rights era and the incredible legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in these inspiring films.

Finding Encouragement in MLK’s Words—And America’s Changing Demographics

Tiferet Berenbaum, Jewish&, 01/17/2020

My mixed-race daughter will be part of the nonwhite majority of American youth, which is cause for both celebration and fear.

Mass Incarceration, Then and Now

David Remnick, The New York Times, 01/17/2020

The U.S. has the highest rate of incarceration in the world; although the country makes up about five per cent of the global population, it holds nearly a quarter of the world’s prisoners.

The ZORA Canon

Zora Editors, Zora, 01/07/2020

The 100 greatest books ever written by African American women

As a Black Jew, I’m Being Forced to Walk a Tightrope After the Monsey Attack

Shekhiynah Larks, Heyalma, 01/02/2020

Being unapologetically Black and Jewish is a revolutionary act.

12/23/2019

Family Shabbat Dinner in Honor of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Shekhiynah Lar, , 01/01/1970

Kick off the weekend of service in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by celebrating a special MLK-themed Shabbat dinner. The evening will include singing and discussion on how Dr. King's teachings inspire us to care for our neighbors year-round.

Lovesong: Becoming a Jew

Julius Lester, Arcade Publishing, 01/01/1988

"Lovesong" is the moving account of a life and a spiritual odyssey, of a major writer's path from his boyhood as the son of a black Methodist minister in the South to his conversion to Judaism.

03/21/2019

In God's Name

Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso and Phoebe Stone, Jewish Lights, 01/01/1970

In this modern fable, various peoples of the world come up with their own names for God, highlighting the diversity in these honest and intimate expressions of faith and devotion.

#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.

A Lesson from Moses to Martin Luther King Jr.

Isaiah Rothstein, Jewish&, 01/14/2016

During my childhood, I never understood why I found myself needing to adapt differently depending on which parent I was walking with: my black mother, or my white father. But then the stares grew longer, the presumptuous comments and questions never seemed to fall-short of an insult, and well, as a family we learned to know when to guard, deflect or just turn around and walk out the door.

Praying with My Feet Because #BlackLivesMatter

Ruth Abusch Magder, Jewish&, 08/18/2015

In my own life and in my rabbinate, I often draw on the story of journey from Egypt to the land of Israel. But usually it is a metaphor. This past week, it became much more tangible, literally embodied.

Celebrating Heroes During Black History Month

Team Be'chol Lashon, Jewish&, 02/16/2015

Black history matters. Why? Because if black lives matter, so do our history. It also matters because, in truth, there is white history. That history has so many lies that its proponents’ greatest fears are truth and reality.

Does Selma Deserve an Oscar? Ask Butch and Sundance

Robin Washington, Jewish&, 02/09/2015

The controversy over the historical retelling du jour, Selma, isn’t going away — not with the Oscar ceremony on Feb. 22, six remaining days of Black History Month after that, and the 50th anniversary of the actual Selma marches on March 7, 9 and 21-25 yet to come.

Artist Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jewish Community Center, Manhattan and NY, , 01/19/2015

Each year the JCC presents the powerful work of artists whose vision elevate King's voice for justice, peace and civil rights. Join us for this community celebration.