Shalom Institute Statement of Solidarity: Camp JCA Shalom is proud to be a program of Shalom Institute
Pursuit of social justice is foundational to our expression of Jewish values – Tzedek, tzedek, tirdof (Deut. 16:18) Justice, justice you shall pursue. Camp teaches that each one of us has the power and responsibility to make a difference.
Shalom Institute stands in solidarity with the Black community who live with the pain of injustice daily. We feel anger and grief over the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the countless others who have been victims of the tragic pattern of racist violence. We each have a critical role to play in ending systemic racism.
• Black Lives Matter•
We have a moral imperative to be upstanders and work towards change. Shalom Institute staff and leadership commit to listening and learning about how to more effectively cultivate a culture of diversity and inclusion, and to continue teaching and inspiring others to work towards creating a more just society. It has filled our hearts with hope and light to see our Camp JCA Shalom and Sherut L’Olam alumni and Shalom Institute families taking a stand against hatred and systemic racism. Their efforts are making a difference.
Ikar’s Rabbi Sharon Brous shared earlier this week, “If we’re not actively working to dismantle racism, we are giving it oxygen. Breathing new life and legitimacy into the very attitudes and systems that are choking our nation.” We cannot afford to stand idly by.
Below are resources that will help educate, inspire critical thinking and promote conversations at home and with others. It is upon us to continue the work of Tikkun Olam: Repairing the World. #blacklivesmatter #standingtogether #beanupstander
• Shabbat Shalom •
PJ Library: Resources for Talking to Kids About Racism
Bend the Arc: Jews for BLM: 3 Actions You Can Take
Medium: 75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice
The Parent Toolkit: How to Talk to Kids About Race & Racism