Racial Justice @ TBE

The Congregation of Temple Beth Emeth affirms that racial justice is a Jewish issue.* We believe in the Jewish value of B’tzelem Elohim, that we are all made in the image of the Divine, deserving of love, safety and respect.  Our society is built upon and sustained by racial bias, thus implicating our spiritual home as well. Through education and action, we will examine the impact of our biases on people of color, both within our Jewish community and beyond, and we will work to create a more inclusive community. Our prayer is that we will individually and collectively do our part to eliminate the plague of racism.
*Racial Justice is a Jewish Issue by April Baskin


Upcoming opportunities to learn and grow together as a congregation about racism, its impact on our congregation and broader community, and how we can work to be anti-racist. Contact TBE’s Social Action Committee to learn more and be a part of making future events happen: socialaction@templebethemeth.org 

Past Events

  • Participate in the 21-Day Equity Challenge from June 19-July 9, 2021 sponsored by the United Way of Washtenaw County.
  • Juneteenth Shabbat (June 18-19, 2021). Contact us if you’d like to help with the planning for this weekend. 
  • Congregational read and book discussion of The Color of Love by Marra Gad (Spring 2021). 
  • Inner Journey of Anti-Racism with Rabbi Whinston and local advocate and educator Chuck Warpehoski (November 2020-February 2021).
  • Yom Kippur study session with Chuck Warpehoski (September 2020)
  • Film Screening and Discussion of “The Fight to Vote” with Bethel AME (January 2020)
  • Leadership, Race and Diversity in the Jewish Community: April Baskin (March 2019)


Additional Anti-Racism Resources

  • Participate in The Great Unlearn, a monthly, self-paced learning series.
  • Read, watch, and listen to these anti-racism resources for adults and kids compiled by the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester
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Jewish Anti-Racism Learning for Adults

Learning For Children & Families

If you have a suggestion for a resource for this page, please email the Social Action Committee at socialaction@templebethemeth.org.