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Racial Justice Learning Collaborative

In recent weeks and months, a nationwide conversation about systemic racism and inequity has emerged. The recent deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and too many others have been a brutal reminder of our country’s long history of racist practices, systems, and institutions. 

Artwork by Anabelle Keimach

As our country engages in this conversation, it is time for our synagogue community to engage in it as well. It is important that we understand both our country’s history of systemic racism, and how we can become more accepting and welcoming within our Jewish community. 

To do this, TI will be convening a learning collaborative on racial justice and affirming Black lives. This collaborative will come together to read key texts, view documentaries/webinars, share resources and actions, and learn together about what we can do to advance the work of racial justice. 

Our first event will be a screening of the recent ADL webinar on Multicultural Responses to Hate, featuring Jews of Color who are on the front lines of racial justice work in the Jewish community and beyond. See below for the upcoming schedule of events. 

Additionally, we will create a space for sharing other articles, resources, and local actions. The conversations will not always be easy, but we are committed to learning and facing these issues together, as a shul community.

Ruth Zakarin & Anabelle Keimach 
Presented by TI Adult & Family Education

​​​​​​Questions? Contact Ruth Zakarin at


  • Tuesday, 8/4: Screening and discussion of ADL webinar on Multicultural Responses to Hate
    Register HERE by Sunday evening, 8/2
  • Wednesday, 8/26: Book discussion - So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Wednesday, 9/23: Book discussion - How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi 
  • Tuesday, 10/13: Screening and discussion of “13th” (Ava DuVernay)
  • Tuesday, 11/17: Discussion about The 1619 Project (all the articles) | The New York Times Magazine 
  • December: TBD - Reading and celebrating fiction by Black authors

If you are looking to purchase these books from a local book seller, please consider the Racial Justice Bookshelf at Rozzie Bound. All proceeds from their sales of these books will go to the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, a Black-led Dorchester based non-profit that seeks to transform society’s responses to homicide.

Sun, May 22 2022 21 Iyyar 5782