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Temple Beth-El Racial Justice Reading Groups

Racial Justice—what can we do?

Please join the Temple Beth-El Reading Groups in December—February to discuss the following articles and books.

More information about signing up, accessing the readings, and zoom links is posted at


Wednesday, December 9, 7:30-9 PM

“The Case for Reparations,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates (available in audio as well)
“I’m Jewish and Don’t Identify as White. Why Must I Check That Box?” by Kwame Anthony Appiah, the New York Times ethicist

 Sunday, January 10, 3:30-5 PM

“America’s Enduring Caste System,” by Isabel Wilkerson
 “How to Be an Active Bystander When You See Casual Racism,” by Ruth Terry

 Sunday, January 24, 3:30-5 PM

The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2019).  A magical tale of pre-civil war life of slavery’s toll on individuals and families, with historical truths and characters interwoven throughout.

 Sunday, February 28, 4:00-5:30 PM

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You, by Ibram X Kendi and Jason Reynolds (2020).  An adaptation of Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning, this gripping and energizing narrative is re-presented by an award-winning, young-adult author.  

Note that discussion groups are suitable for teens as well as adults.

For further information, please contact a Racial Justice Working Group member—Rabbi Rachel Safman, Myra Berkowitz, Ross Brann, Liz Hess, Gail Zussman

Sun, January 24 2021 11 Shevat 5781