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Suggested Reading List for 2021 Yom Iyun

24 Jan 2021 1:59 PM | Georgia Gruzen

Workbooks, Definitions and Similar Resources

Definitions of terms by Tzedek Lab (THIS IS A GOOD PLACE TO START):

Jewish Social Justice Roundtable: Racial Justice Framework

Dismantling Racism: 2016 workbook:

Aware L.A. Toolkit, written in part by SCCBD Dayan and Rabbi Susan Goldberg:


Skin in the Game by Eric K. Ward 

How Studying Talmud Helped Me Understand Racism in America by Avi Killip

I Told Jews To Think About What Being ‘White’ Means. Then The Racism Exploded by Nylah Burton 

I’m Not White, I’m Jewish by Paul Kivel


Black Reconstruction in America by W.E. B. DuBois

A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

How To Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race and American Identity by Eric L. Goldstein

How Jews Became White Folks and What That Says About Race in America by Karen Brodkin

The Color of Love by Marra Gad

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Traditional texts/re-visioned texts

The Song of Songs: Love Lyrics from the Bible. Marcia Falk, trans.; Barry Moser, illus.

Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5: 

The first human was created alone…This was done for the sake of peace among humankind so that no one could say to another, “My father is greater than your father”…and to demonstrate the greatness of God in that if a person stamps coins with one seal, they are all alike, but the Holy Blessed One stamped each person with the seal of the first person and not one is like another.

Black Lives Matter Haggadah Supplement by Jews for Racial and Economic Justice:

Truth, Reconciliation and Repair in Engaging Racism: “Al Chet” By Yavilah McCoy


Jews for Racial and Economic Justice:

Bend the Arc:

Be’chol Lashon:

Dismantling Racism:



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