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Shabbat Tzedek: From Selma to the Present

Reform Jews played a vital role in the fight for racial equality, voting rights, and more. Shabbat Tzedek honors the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the struggles of the broader civil rights movement.

Shabbat Tzedek: Celebrating Civil Rights & Social Justice


The Reflect page contains links to materials designed for synagogues and communities to spur learning and conversation about racial diversity, about the deep racial disparities that afflict our society, about how we as Reform Jews can join the struggle for racial justice.

Racial Justice: Reform

Take meaningful action with partners in pursuit of policy change that takes real steps to dismantle structural racism.

The RAC has partnered with Repair the World to create a racial justice discussion guide that raises complex issues and that challenges our vision of a just society. Use this guide as part of a Shabbat dinner gathering.

Check out the RAC's worship tools and educational resources for more information on how to include civil rights in your Shabbat services and programs.

On March 8, 2015, RAC Director Rabbi Pesner addressed a diverse group of faith leaders and activists gathered at Selma's historic Reform synagogue for the Bridge Crossing Jubilee, organized by Temple Emanuel of Greensboro.

RAC Reads provides tools to hold group and conregational discussions on social-justice themed books, with a special focus on racial justice. 

Special Webinar - Selma 50th Anniversary

On March 3, 2015, the RAC hosted a special web learning session featuring diverse voices on civil rights and racial justice from the 1960s in Selma to the front lines of the Ferguson movement today. 

Featured speakers

  • Rabbi Richard Hirsch
  • Rabbi Phil Schechter
  • Julian Bond
  • Rabbi Josh Caruso
  • KB Frazier

Contact Our Legislative Policy Team

For more information on this issue, contact Senior Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Jacob Kraus at (202) 387-2800.