“וַיִּבְרָא אֱלֹהִים אֶת־הָֽאָדָם בְּצַלְמ֔וֹ בְּצֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים בָּרָא אֹתוֹ.
Va’yivra Elohim et Ha’Adam b’tzelmo B’tzelem Elohim bara oto…
And God created humans in God’s own image, in the image of God they were all created."
- Gen. 1:27
The Racial Justice campaign is run by NFTY: The Reform Jewish Youth Movement, and empowers Reform Jewish teens from across North America to unite to make our world a more just and compassionate place for all people.
As the persistence of structural racism becomes more apparent due to the wide array of hate crimes, racist dialogues, and microaggressions present in modern American society, we are compelled to advance justice for all people, regardless of race or ethnicity. NFTY, adhering to b’tzelem elohim -- the belief that each individual is created in the image of God -- cannot stand idly by as our brothers and sisters of color are clearly treated as inferior members of society. Between 10%-20% of the Jewish community is comprised of Jews of color. We must stand in solidarity and show our support for members of the Reform Jewish community, and all communities, who are affected by racial injustice.
We recognize that this campaign, alone, will not move the needle of racial injustice in our society completely towards having repaired our broken systems and racial biases. However, it is the goal of NFTY to create awareness in our own communities, to create empathy and understanding of those in need as part of a personal call to action, and to make change whenever possible. NFTY and Reform Jewish teens cannot and will not stand idly by as our society continues to belittle people of color through legislative and non-legislative actions and ideals.
As a result of this Campaign:
- NFTY and Reform Jewish teens will become leading Jewish voices in the fight against racial injustice
- When faced with racism, Reform Jewish teens will be upstanders who bear witness and take action
- Reform Jewish teens will take legislative and non-legislative actions to support criminal justice reform, voting rights and help put an end to educational biases such as the school-to-prison pipeline
- Our world will become a more just and compassionate place because of our work together
In conjunction with the efforts of the Religious Action Center, our campaign includes three key strategies:
REFLECT: To enable NFTY and other Reform Jewish teens to be well educated not only about what racial injustice means and why they should care, but also about the specific legislative and non-legislative nuanced topics that cause our society to be unjust.
RELATE: To allow NFTY and other Reform Jewish teens to foster an emotional connection with racial injustice. Create a sense of personal commitment and connection so that when news or stories are released about instances of racial injustice, that teens get angry or upset and are internally driven to take action.
REFORM: To create opportunities for NFTY and other Reform Jewish teens to take action and truly make a difference in taking a step towards creating a more just society. Action opportunities should tie together forming partnerships, furthering emotional connections, and exercising previous knowledge acquired