“Anyone who had the capability to push back against the sinful conduct of others and did not protest is held responsible for those sins and punished.” – BT Shabbat 54b
The central demands of the Hebrew Bible are to love one another, to effect justice for the downtrodden, and to love and revere the Divine. Our story continuously reminds us that we were slaves in Egypt so that we can use that firsthand experience to protect and restore the most vulnerable in every era.
In our moment in history, active antiracism is required to continue to bend the arc of history towards a more just and equitable world. How we make that happen can be debated by reasonable people who care about justice, and that’s okay. The goal is to grow and to take action, recognizing that it will be uncomfortable, challenging, and possibly even offensive. Our growth will be replete with missteps and misunderstanding. That’s ok. Real learning is often very messy.
With that in mind, we offer the following resources and organizations as places to look for more information about racial justice. Like Hillel at UCLA, they are not perfect and this list should not be considered “endorsed” by Hillel or comprehensive.