Racial Justice

At Central Synagogue

Let’s Talk About Race

If Jewish history has taught us anything, it is that despair does not have the last word.

Over these next months, we invite you to learn, reflect, and act with us. Together, as a Central community, we will explore questions of identity, race, and violence. We will work to make New York a more just and equitable state. And, perhaps most importantly, we will listen to and share with one another.

October is a month for personal and collective reflection; a time to explore the role identity plays in the way we move through Jewish spaces and the broader world. We are honored to share that on Thursday, October 22, from 7:00-8:00 pm, Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum will be joining us for an evening of conversation with Rabbi Buchdahl. Dr. Tatum is an award-winning educational leader, best-selling author, and noted expert on the psychology of racism. Register here

October: A Month for Personal and Collective Reflection

Theme: Identity and Race

Guiding Questions:

How do my identities play a role in the ways in which I move through the Jewish community and greater world?


Rabbi Angela Buchadhl in Conversation with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum
Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Register here.

Resources for Individual and Group Study:

I am ready to read:
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria; and other Conversations About Race, Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum.

I don’t have a ton of time:
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, Peggy McIntosh

Something fast to start my day off right:
The Great Unlearn
A History of Racial Injustice

Young adult & family read:
Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqeline Woodson

Nice White Parents, NYT

Give me more:
Code Switch by NPR

  • The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett
  • Black Power, Jewish Politics; Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s, Marc Dollinger
  • Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Color of Water; A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother, James McBride
  • Lovesong; Becoming a Jew, Julius Lester
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People To Talk About Racism, Robin Diangelo

  • November: “Blood on the Leaves and Blood at the Root;” America’s History of Violence and Racial Injustice Through the Lens of Black Artists

    Theme: Racism and America

    Guiding Questions:

    How do we understand the call to defund police departments in the context of American History? What role have black authors and artists played in narrating and revealing American history? 



    Resources for Individual and Group Study:

    Art to check out:
    30 Americans
    Black Refractions
    Soul of a Nation

    I’m looking for a good book:
    The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead

    What should I watch?
    When They See Us, Streaming on Netflix

    Any quick reads?
    1968 Interview in Esquire Magazine, James Baldwin

    Young adult & family read:
    Dear Martin, Nic Stone

    I want more:
    The Sellout, Paul Beatty
    If Beale Street Could Talk, James Baldwin
    Notes From a Native Son, James Baldwin
    Beloved, Toni Morrison
    Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
    Barracoon; the Story of the Last Black Cargo Zora Neale Hurston
    An American Marriage, Tayari Jones
    Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
    The Women of Brewster Place, Gloria Naylor
    Everything Inside: Stories, Edwidge Danticat