Following the murder of George Floyd, the Racial Justice Committee at Bet Torah was formed as an offshoot of the Social Justice Committee. Its purpose is to educate our community on understanding and acknowledging the racial injustice that has been going on for many years and is systemic in much of American culture. In addition, the committee will work to guide us in finding ways to engage in anti-racist activities to fight that injustice.
James Baldwin, well known essayist on the subject of race in America, once said “It isn’t a racial problem. It is a problem of whether or not you’re willing to look at your life and be responsible for it and then begin to change it”. The question is why do some people choose to stand up? It is time for us to decide if we will stand up and take action.
Bet Torah has joined with seven other synagogues in Northern Westchester as well as the New Castle Council for Racial Equity to fight injustice and start a dialogue with our communities of Color. At this point, two predominantly Black Churches have joined this initiative. This is just the beginning and we have much to do.
What can you do? Listen, Read, Watch films.
What else can you do? Show Empathy. Take Action. Ask Questions. Join a Social Justice Organization. Learn the civil rights movement history.
If you have any questions or want to get involved, please contact Liz Schonfeld or any committee member: Margi Orell, Heidi Rieger, Sharon Pollack, Linda Dishner or Sarah and Jeremy Wien.