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Racial Justice Initiative

“It is upon me to receive the mitzvah of the Creator, to love your neighbor as yourself.”

Our Mission

Racism remains a critical barrier for far too many people in America. The TBE Racial Justice Initiative provides opportunities for our community to further develop our understanding of how racism impacts our economic, social, and justice systems and to work to address these inequities. We hope to see our community transformed towards a deeper understanding and engagement with issues around racial justice.

Guiding Principles

Reflect: Work within our own community to deepen our understanding of the historical and present systems that contribute to racism.
Relate: Develop relationships within the Jewish community and across race with partners we can collaborate with to support racial justice efforts.
Reform: Take meaningful and powerful action with our partners in pursuit of policy changes to dismantle structural racism at all levels — local, state and national — and across all institutions and systems — education, food, housing, law enforcement and criminal justice, media and wealth creation.

These principles are based on the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC)’s Racial Justice Campaign model.

Reach Out

Ediss Gandelman
Amy Benjamin
Sheri Kassirer
Geoff Sherwood

Sandy Aronson

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Upcoming Events

Thu 14

Civil Rights Journey

Thursday, November 14 - Sunday, November 17
Thu 21

Civil Rights Journey

Thursday, November 21 - Sunday, November 24
Dec 16

Racial Justice Quarterly Meeting

Monday, December 16 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Reflect (Education)

Provide an educational framework to explore topics of interest to the committee and the broader TBE community. Potential activities include: films, book clubs, book reviews, panels, performances.

Ediss Gandelman

Relate (Direct Service)

Provide direct service opportunities that enable members to develop sustained, meaningful relationships with individuals and communities directly impacted by racism and racial injustice. Our first project, Partakers “College Behind Bars” Mentoring program, trains and matches church- and synagogue-based teams of volunteers with incarcerated men and women participating in the Boston University Prison Education Program.

Amy Benjamin

Reform (Action and Advocacy)

Engage in action and advocacy for legislative and other systemic change. RJI has participated in the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) Criminal Justice Reform campaign targeting the MA legislature. GBIO priorities include eliminating mandatory minimum sentencing, bail reform, reducing solitary confinement, and reducing/eliminating excessive fines.

Sheri Kassirer
Geoff Sherwood

News & Updates

Receiver and Giver

My TBE volunteer activities have provided me with an opportunity to fulfill the Jewish values of visiting the sick and working for justice.

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