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To get involved in LT Social Justice Initiative, please contact co-chairs

Lisa Kaufmann  at OR

Jennifer Mitchell at

Join LT’s Social Justice Initiative as we join forces with RAC-NY and other NYS reform synagogues to lobby our NYS Legislature for the passage of 'Less is More' parole reform.

This is a racial justice issue. Black people are 12 times more likely to be incarcerated in New York City jails for technical parole violations than white people. RAC-NY’s new campaign to pass the Less is More bill will endeavor to fight against this racial injustice. 

The Westchester Jewish Coalition for Immigration

The Westchester Jewish Coalition for Immigration (WJCI) is planning a Westchester county-wide zoom event with a panel of speakers representing both local and National organizations who are working to assist these children and their families in a variety of important ways.  The zoom event will take place on Sunday, June 6th  at 7:30 pm.  
You will hear eyewitness testimony and get expert advice from key leaders about what concrete steps Westchester residents can take to assist children and their families at the border in a journey to a new life in the U.S.

 Please register for the event at And please feel free to be in touch with any questions at our email addresses above, or at

WJCI Border Panel FLyer    

                                      june 6 event press release                                            


Upcoming Discussion Groups on Racial Equity

There are many issues of social justice which deserve, rather demand, our attention. 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.

       Collectively, we think of ourselves as 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.

Please join one of our discussion groups listed below.  Be sure to check the website as we will be updating periodically with future programming.

Cultural Conversations with Larchmont Temple & Strait Gate Church

LT Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend with Strait Gate Church

In January, the Cultural Conversation monthly meeting combined with the Annual Larchmont Temple/Strait Gate Church Martin Luther King, Jr., Weekend Commemoration for a moving series of services. Approximately 100 people joined each service via Zoom.

On Friday, Jan. 15th, our Shabbat Service became a Zoom “Family Shabbat Dinner Table” with small groups of both LT and SG members, discussing a powerful presentation by Shayna Johansen, Strait Gate Church’s Bishop Wayne Powell’s daughter.  Shayna presented a moving contemplation on “Bob Marley, Unity, One Love and our Fellowship together as ‘One’ human race.” In our small groups, around candles and dinners (all on Zoom), we discussed how we respond to white privilege and systemic injustice, the how's of helping others see/feel the mutuality of our existence, and the questions Who are We? and How do we become the America we must?  The conversations around these difficult topics were, as always, open and honest ...

We left off with plans to “see” each other at the Sunday service streaming live from Strait Gate Church.  During the beautiful and musical Church service, 4 Cultural Conversations co-leaders (2 from each congregation) shared their reflections on the Initiative.

The MLK weekend was a powerful validation of the Cultural Conversations Initiative, as the deepening relationships we are building with each other made the two services all the more meaningful and personal.

Women's History Month

The Cultural Conversations Initiative is going strong!


Thank you to all the CC participants who joined us for our February Conversation and presentation about Black History Month.


The Cultural Conversation continues this spring!


For more information, contact Beth Belisle at

Interested in working on our new initiative "Common Ground?"

A tri-municipalities community effort aimed at coming together through cross-cultural sharing to create community conversations on fighting racism & realizing the human dignity that helps us all stand together on common ground.

Contact: LTSJ Co-chairs Lisa Kaufmann at or Jennifer Mitchell at

We hope to create an effort that brings together people from different religions and backgrounds from Larchmont, Mamaroneck and New Rochelle to create a community that fosters conversation and shared cross-cultural experiences. We are seeking volunteers to help organize this effort

                                 RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES                            


     *   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

Deepening our Understanding of Racial Injustice


       *   "The Case for Reparations" by Ta-Nehisi Coates,  The Atlantic Article      
      *   "Resolution on the Study and Development of Reparations for Slavery and Systemic Racism in the US." 
      *   "The Grief That White Americans Can't Share", by Nikole Hannah Jones, New York Times, 7/22/16           
      *   "I Wanted to Know What White Men Thought About Their Privilege.  So I asked" by Claudia Rankine, New York  Times, 7/17/19    
      *   "Walking While Black" 


      *  Rants and Randomness with Luvvie Ajayi." Podcast 


      *   We Need to Talk about an Injustice by Bryan Stevenson. TED talk    
      *   "13th," by Ava DuVernay. Documentary Film                                                                                                                                                                                                                   *   "Just Mercy."  Film


Partnering with Community Resource Center to
 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

How is Social Justice Different From

Social Action?


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).


Co-Chairs: Jennifer Mitchell and Lisa Kaufmann

Rabbi Leora Frankel; Beth Belisle, Ellen Blumstein, David Kahn, Leah Katznelson,

Jayne Lipman, Lynn Reichgott, Linda Riefberg, & Ellen Zimmerman

Wed, July 28 2021 19 Av 5781