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Still from the film Just Mercy showing Michael B Jordans character comforting the character played by Jamie Foxx

I carry the trauma of my ancestors, who were kidnapped and enslaved, who survived post-abolition racist terrorism, and who survived devastating Jim Crow laws. I also carry the history of the Jewish people, who have survived countless acts of violence, forced conversion, and genocide.

Chris Harrison
Reform Jewish students visiting Selma, Alabama

Learn how a trip in the South helped a group of Reform Jewish teens confront racial inequality and explore their own connections to promoting racial justice.

Rabbi Ellen Nemhauser
Single lit candle against a dark background with light shimmer effect

This past weekend in Selma, we, a group of white, upper middle-class Jews, allowed ourselves to learn about the past in new ways, acknowledging some of the worst deeds we have ever done.

Rabbi Allison Berry
Racially segregated water fountains in the south

In 1961, I asked my rabbi if he thought I should join the Freedom Riders, who challenged segregated seating in the south. He said, “If I were in your shoes, I would go.”

Rabbi Philip M. Posner
Black and white photo of the Little Africa section of Tulsa in flames during the 1921 race riot

It distresses me that so many Americans are just now hearing about this troubling moment in our history - not through our education system, but through a superhero TV show.

Chris Harrison
Individuals dressed in rainbow clothing and holding Jewish signs at a Pride rally

Much progress has been made since the Stonewall uprising in June 1969, but the fight for LGBTQ equality, protection, and inclusion continues in our communities.

Jacob Greenblatt
Closeup view from the bottom of the Statue of Liberty looking up against a blue sky background

On the eve of Yom HaShoah, the Kraus Family Foundation and the Union for Reform Judaism announced a new initiative to galvanize people to action around the immigration and refugee crisis in the U.S.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Women holding hands in front of a rainbow flag

We read, “Let all who are hungry come and eat.” These words have taken on deep meaning for me as I came out of the closet, got married, and had kids of my own: Our freedom and redemption are founded on being inclusive and welcoming.

Rabbi Dara Lithwick
Black and white archival image of a Nazi march down East 86th Street in NYC on October 30th 1939

The Oscar-nominated short film A Night at the Garden is a documentary short about a massive pro-Nazi rally that happened in Madison Square Garden 80 years ago this week.

B. Lana Guggenheim
Man scribbling the words Americans with Disabilities Act onto glass

I am a lawyer. I graduated Harvard law school and have practiced law for major corporations and large law firms.

Matan Koch


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