Racial Justice

As Reform Jews, we have a moral obligation to hear the cries of and to support our neighbors when they face violence, persecution, discrimination, and oppression. We are called to stand in solidarity with our neighbors in challenging racism in all its forms.

It is our mission to do our part in the work of dismantling systemic racism, seeking to become an anti-racist congregation both individually and collectively.


We seek ways in which we can, as a sacred congregation and in collaboration with the Reform movement, address the issues of race, racism both within our Jewish community and more broadly in the wider community, locally and nationally. We struggled with questions such as:

  • How can we, as a Reform Jewish congregation, better confront internalized, systemic racism and become more faithful allies to Communities of Color?
  • How can we build a more welcoming, inclusive, and diverse congregation where all, whether member, professional or guest, are treated equitably and with respect?
  • How can we collaborate with our members, clergy, professionals, committees, and the wider community through external relationships to better build a culture of action toward equity?
  • How can we better address the barriers faced by Jews of Color within our own congregation and the Jewish community?
  • How can we align the work of racial justice with our Jewish calendar and with the life of our beloved congregation?

Racial Justice Task Force

A group of concerned Temple members gathered in the summer of 2020 and out of the resulting conversations was borne the Racial Justice Task Force.

All are welcome to join or engage in our work through any or all the following pillars:

  • Learning
  • Reciprocal Relationships
  • Advocacy
  • Action

For information about special worship opportunities, programming and events focused on racial justice, watch for notices in the Temple Bulletin, the E-Times and in emails. For even more information about the Racial Justice Task Force or to engage more fully in the work, contact Rabbi Jonathan Cohen, Senior Rabbi, or Pattu London & David Miller, Chairs of the Task Force.

Racial Justice Book Discussion

Join us as we discuss a book per month on various topics related to racial justice and social action.

Get Notified About Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Cozad-Bates House Tour
Thursday, October 12, 2023, 2:00PM

Join Temple Chai Lifers and Racial Justice Task Force for an inspiring docent presentation and tour of the Cozad-Bates House, the oldest and only surviving pre-Civil War structure in University Circle. The Cozad-Bates House is …

Karamu Theatre Outing
Sunday, October 15, 2023, 3:00PM

Join the Racial Justice Task Force for a theatre outing at Karamu House! 2355 E. 89th Street, Cleveland Clyde's by Lynn Nottage A truck stop sandwich shop offers its formerly incarcerated kitchen staff a shot at redemption. Eve …

Book Group/Racial Justice Book Club
Sunday, November 5, 2023, 1:00PM

The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride Winner of the National Book Award Co-sponsored by The Racial Justice Task Force In 1972, when workers in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, were digging the foundations for a new development, the last …

Get Notified About Upcoming Events