Racial Justice

Here is the link to the JPR interview of Emily, Steve, and Dana

Our racial justice work is an expression of our msot abiding Jewish values: hesed (loving-kindness), tzedek (justice), tikkun olam (helping mend the planet). In modern Jewish circles, tikkun olam has become synonymous with the notion of social action and the pursuit of social and racial justice.

We are committed to Equity, Diversity and Inclusiveness in our congregation and in the world. We are dedicated to advocating for these principles, especially as they affect marginalized groups beyond our own Jewish community.

We explore racial justice issues through study and coming together in a safe space for our members to explore and discuss them, as well as through our actions and partnerships throughout our community.


Racial Justice Group
May 17, 2023 at 7 pm
Join Vance Beach and the Racial Justice Group at our next meeting.
Temple Emek Shalom will be collaborating again with BASE (Black Alliance for Social Equity) at the Juneteenth Celebration in Medford, which is on Saturday, June 17, 2023 from 11 am until 7 pm in Pear Blossom Park. Learn all about our joint booth with the BASE police oversight committee and what will be expected of us this year. You can also sign up to help on June 17 by contacting Dana Kline at danacaitlin@yahoo.com. Vance Beach or another representative of BASE will be at our next meeting on teslive.emekshalom.org.
  • Temple Emek Shalom will be collaborating again with BASE (Black Alliance for Social Equity) at the Juneteenth Celebration in Medford, which is on Saturday, June 17, 2023 in Pear Blossom Park in Medford. If you want to participate in this activity. Please attend the next meeting of the Social Equity and Racial Justice Committee on May 17, 2023, at 7pm, on emekshalom.org. A BASE representative will join us at that meeting. You can also sign up to help by contacting Dana Kline at danacaitlin@yahoo.com.
  • We are also seeking donations to help with TES’ commitment to sponsor the Juneteenth event. If you are interested in making a donation to BASE for this purpose, please contact Emily Simon at esimonesq@gmail.com
  • Medford proclamation: The mayor of Medford will be reading a proclamation commemorating Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) at the April 20 Medford city council meeting. If you want to read the proclamation or hear it being read, please click here.

Follow up on this issue is also definitely on the May Agenda, following the BASE presentation.

SOU/Hillel: We are continuing to actively work on this issue and it too will be on the May agenda. If you want more information , please contact Cheri Elson pitzkele@me.com

Thank you to everyone who contributed to TES’ commitment to sponsor the Juneteenth event. If you are interested in making a donation to BASE for this purpose, please contact Emily Simon at esimonesq@gmail.com

Here are the dates for all of the Racial Justice Group meetings in 2023 (the 3rd Wednesday of each month) – all from 7:00 – 8:30 pm:

– May 17,  June 21,  July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15, December 20

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Cheri at pitzkele@me.com.


Community Partner

BASE (Black Alliance for Social Empowerment) — BASE is a nonprofit community organization that provides events, community information-sharing, connection, support and resources that work toward the well-being and advancement of Black residents living in Southern Oregon. We supported BASE in the creation of the Southern Oregon Racial Equity Liaison, and will continue to support them to build an inclusive community to combat structural racism that is prevalent today.


The following is a list of  Racial Justice resources:

– Understanding Anti-Semitism: https://jfrej-web-assets.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/JFREJ-Understanding-Antisemitism-November-2017-v1-3-2.pdf

– Confronting Anti-Semitism and Racism (podcast): https://evolve.fireside.fm/7

– Thoughts on Racism and Antisemitism (article by Rabbi Mordechai Liebling): https://evolve.reconstructingjudaism.org/thoughts-on-racism-and-antisemitism/

– A Brief History and Update on Antisemitism (article by Rabbi Mordechai Liebling): https://evolve.reconstructingjudaism.org/history-and-update-antisemitism/

– Negroes are Anti-Semitic Because They’re Anti-White (article by James Baldwin): https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/books/98/03/29/specials/baldwin-antisem.html

Evolve website, an initiative of Reconstructing Judaism: https://evolve.reconstructingjudaism.org

Evolve’s adult education programs: https://evolve.reconstructingjudaism.org/adult-education/

– Hashivenu, a podcast about Jewish teachings on resilience: https://hashivenu.fireside.fm/about

– Skin in the Game (article by Eric Ward): https://politicalresearch.org/2017/06/29/skin-in-the-game-how-antisemitism-animates-white-nationalism

– Addressing Antisemitism While Keeping Our Eyes on Collective Freedom and Racial Justice (article by Rachel Hall): https://reformjudaism.org/blog/addressing-antisemitism-while-keeping-our-eyes-collective-freedom-and-racial-justice?utm_medium=email&utm_content=2022_2_10

– Being Antiracist (article suggested by Liora Gale): https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race/topics/being-antiracist

– Six Ways to Help Bridge the Racial Wealth Gap (article suggested by Liora Gale): https://www.planning.org/planning/2021/winter/6-ways-to-help-bridge-the-racial-wealth-gap/

– An Imam Blows the Whistle on Muslim Antisemitism (podcast suggested by Liora Gale): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/an-imam-blows-the-whistle-on-muslim-antisemitism/id1570872415?i=1000549160493&fbclid=IwAR0lllILekreM3r6yk8gxSIkJpW1aj45ysVRF7BBXgrOb0jnkV1AhOgYD5k