On Rosh Hashanah 5781, Rabbi Aaron Starr reminded Congregation Shaarey Zedek (CSZ) of the mitzvah to pursue justice as it pertains to our day:
The pandemic … has swept away the thin veil of racism in this country … We can and we must engage in listening, in learning, and in bridge-building with our inter-group and our interfaith partners. We can and we must be mindful that people of color in this country experience extreme prejudice from individuals and, perhaps more often, from the sheer structure of our society. We Jews know from discrimination and we especially know from systemic oppression, and we cannot let others go through what we know all too well.
In response, Congregation Shaarey Zedek (CSZ) formed an Equity Task Force with the goal of initiating for our synagogue the development of projects and programs that support education and action; promote inclusion of Jews of Color within the CSZ family; and help all members of CSZ to understand and to address the ongoing climate of racism in America today.
To pursue justice by
Resources for Learning and Discussion
What are structural, institutional and systemic racism?
TedEd: Systemic Racism, Explained: