What is Jewish about Social Justice? A Collection of Resources
Social justice has been a pillar of Jewish tradition, history, and culture for thousands of years. Understanding the various ways that social justice is Jewish is complex and exciting. The resources below provide introductory perspectives on Jewish social justice. They are good starting points for anyone trying to understand the basic definitions of Jewish social justice.
The History of Jewish Social Justice in the US -- a resource in the form of a prezi that we, the Roundtable, created in 2017.
What’s Jewish About Social Justice? -- a four-hour curriculum from Avodah, created for their Service Corps Members
Jewish Articulations of Social Justice -- a compilation of texts that describe 7 articulations of Jewish social justice, created by Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, for their Selah Leadership Program
Hineni ("Here I Am") -- a video showcasing the Jewish imperative for justice, through a speech from President Barack Obama, created by the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable
How Not to be a Shmuck: A Two-Part Guide to Behavior When Serving -- a discussion guide from Repair the World
Jewish Social Justice Beit Midrash -- source sheet from Repair the World for defining Jewish social justice
What’s Jewish About Justice? -- table tent signs created by Jewish Funds for Justice, posted on the Jewish Women’s Archive
What is the Jewish Social Justice Sector?
The following resources describe the history and context of the Jewish social justice sector:
History of Jewish Social Justice in 20th Century America - an online presentation (prezi) of the history of our sector, created by the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable
Resources on Racial Justice for our Roundtable Community
Below are resources for Jewish organizations who are interested in applying a racial justice lens to their work, both internally and externally, in terms of educational opportunities, policies and practices, and more.
Resources for and by Jewish Organizations
Privilege Checklist, created by the Jewish Multiracial Network to understand what might not be available to Jews of Color
Privilege Checklists, compiled by Urban Adamah, for better understanding what it's like to have white privilege, able-bodied privilege, male privilege, middle/upper class privilege, or cisgender privilege.
18+ Things You Can Do: Embracing Racial Diversity in Our Jewish Communities from the Religious Action Center of the Union for Reform Judaism
Racial Diversity and the American Jewish Community: Best Practices to Build Cultural Competence in Jewish Communal Organizations, by Diane Tobin and Aryeh Weinberg
Resources for Addressing Racism within Organizations
Continuum on Becoming an Anti-Racist Multicultural Organization by Crossroads Ministry
Racial Equity Impact Assessment Tool from Race Forward
Dancing on Live Embers; Challenging Racism in Organizations by Barb Thomas and Tina Lopes
Training for Racial Equity and Inclusion: A Guide to Selected Programs from Racial Equity Tools
Racial Equity Resource Guide from W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Organizational Assessment from Jewish Multiracial Network, modified for Roundtable organizations