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There are many issues of social justice which deserve - rather demand - our attention.  The Social Justice Leadership Group, in concert with the clergy and supported by the Board of Trustees, is focusing on two primary issues at least through the end of 2020. 


First and foremost, we feel obligated as a community to foster an awareness and dialogue focused on RACIAL EQUITY.  While there are many worthy sub-topics here, we have decided that the first step in committing ourselves to fighting racism locally and beyond is to look inward and help all of us take an honest inventory of who we are individually and collectively relative to understanding our ‘privilege’ and implicit biases.  Through this higher level of awareness and understanding, we can then be far more effective and engaged in helping transform the structural underpinnings of the institutional racism that surrounds us all.

Below you will find a list of resources that were selected to help us understand implicit biases regarding the African American community.  We have singled one resource - it’s a podcast: “Brené Brown with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist - that was the basis of an open, online discussion for the LT community on Thursday, July 23rd at 7:30pm.  This discussion was led by Stacy DiCristofaro, Vice President of the Coalition for Undoing Racism through Education (CURE).  

Our next discussion is on September 9 discussing, “Citizen: An American Lyric” by Claudia Rankine.

Collectively, we are a giant stone about to be dropped in a large body of still water.  By focusing on ourselves first, our evolved understanding and perspective can then radiate outward to positively impact our family, our friends, our neighbors, to our co-workers, our employees, our elected officials, and beyond. Each one of us has the potential to make enormous positive impact on this troubled world. Please join us for this important and urgent journey.


The second issue we are focusing on is GET OUT THE VOTE because of the concern regarding voter suppression in the 2020 election.  The Social Justice Committee is signing on to work with the Reform movement's Religious Action Center (RAC) on the Reclaim Our Vote (ROV) campaign in six states with the worst voter suppression records.  How to get involved:

  • Learn: Get an overview of the Reclaim Our Vote campaign.
  • Engage:  Reclaim Our Vote, which will provide us with training sessions and online toolkits for postcard writing; and, later in the summer, text-banking and phone-banking.
  • Connect:  To get started with your own postcard writing effort, go to  Please indicate on the form that you are a member of Larchmont Temple. The RAC asks for a suggested donation of $18 for each order.
  • Contact:  For more information or questions, please contact Jayne Lipman at
  • Teen Engagement Opportunity: The Larchmont Temple Social Justice Committee is creating an internship in coordination with the RAC and the non-profit Reclaim our Vote this summer.  It will involve a combination of texting, post-carding and possibly phone banking, all done remotely from home. The time commitment will be two hours a day, four days a week.  Participants can intern for one, two, three or four week sessions.  This is a great way to learn about political advocacy, and to help get out the vote, counter voter suppression and work alongside other motivated young people in the community, within a Jewish framework. High school and college students interested in participating in the program should send their names and contact information to Jayne Lipman at


Understanding Implicit Biases Regarding Race


"Invisible Backpack" by Peggy McIntosh Article

"5 Phrases your Black Friend Wishes You'd Stop Saying" Article

 "Ways Reform Jews can Act Now for Social Justice," by Rabbi Jonah Pesner, RAC Article

 "White allies, stop asking me if I'm OK. Black people are not OK" Article

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo Book

How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi Book


Brené Brown with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist Podcast  To sign up for our congregational conversation about this podcast taking place on July 23 at 7:30, RSVP to Jen Mitchell.

Scene on Radio: Turning the Lens (Seeing White, Part 1 of 11 part series) Podcast

NPR's Code Switch: "Why Now, White People?" Podcast 

Deepening our Understanding of Racial Injustice

Read    "The Case for Reparations" by Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic. Article

Read    "Resolution on the Study and Development of Reparations for Slavery and Systemic Racism in the US." Article.

Read    "The Grief That White Americans Can't Share", by Nikole Hannah Jones, New York Times, 7/22/16.  Article.®ion=Footer

Read    "I Wanted To Know What White Men Thought About Their Privilege.  So I asked", by Claudia Rankine, New York Times, 7/17/19.   Article.

Read    "Walking While Black." Article.

Listen  "Rants and Randomness with Luvvie Ajayi." Podcast.

Watch "We Need to Talk about an Injustice," by Bryan Stevenson. TED talk.  

Watch "13th," by Ava DuVernay. Documentary Film.

Watch "Just Mercy."  Film.


Partnering with Community Resource Center

Help Prevent Housing Evictions​​​​​​​

The Community Resource Center has reported that their most urgent need right now is for lawyers to help stop housing evictions. If you can help, contact Jirandy Martinez, Executive Director at


Social Justice is about addressing the underlying causes of inequitable access to wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society (eg: lobbying in Albany). Social Action meets the world where it is, by providing direct support to those in need (eg: feeding the homeless).


Jennifer Mitchell and Lisa Kaufmann, Co-Chairs; Clergy: Rabbi Leora Frankel; Ellen Blumstein, David Kahn, Leah Katznelson, Jayne Lipman, Lynn Reichgott, Linda Riefberg, Ellen Zimmerman

Sat, September 19 2020 1 Tishrei 5781