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Understanding Racism

Understanding Racism is a discussion group open to any CDT members who want to explore how race and racism operate in our society. For more information about the group and to be added to the listserv, please contact Alan Epstein.

Boston Ujima Project Workshops

Please consider attending two upcoming workshops to learn how we can individually combat racial wealth inequality in Boston.  Several Jewish communities around Greater Boston will be participating in a multi-congregation two-part virtual series on the Boston Ujima Project and its Ujima Fund.  The Ujima Fund is a democratic investment vehicle raising capital to finance small businesses, real estate and infrastructure projects in Boston’s working-class Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color.

The first workshop, "Ujima 101," will be held Wednesday, June 23 7:00-8:30pm.  CDT held this workshop in December 2019, but we invite those who didn’t attend (or want a refresher) to learn about wealth inequality in Boston and how the Boston Ujima Project is addressing it.

The second meeting, “Ujima Investment Workshop,” will be held Monday, June 28 7:00-9:00pm.  It will describe how the Ujima Fund works and how we can help close the wealth gap.  For those wrestling with the concept of reparations, consistent with Tikkun Olam, Ujima may be a key vehicle to express these values.

Read this flyer for more information.  Sign up for the workshops HERE   And contact CDT’s Ujima Project Steering Committee — Jonathan Rosenthal, Ora Gladstone,  Mark Farber, and Alan Epstein — for more information about Ujima or the workshops.

Understanding Racism Resources

The following includes articles, books, and online resources that the Understanding Racism group has studied and collected about racism and white supremacy in the U.S. You can also find at  this link (and below) a list of Native American resources, and a listing of racial justice organizations in both the general and Jewish communities.


     • The Case for Reparations, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

     • Letter to My Nephew (in The Fire Next Time) – James Baldwin

     • White Fragility, by Dr. Robin Diangelo 

     • Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack of White Privilege, by Peggy MacIntosh


     • The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander

     • The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin

     • Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

     • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism, by Dr. Robin Diangelo

     • The Fire This Time, Jesmyn Ward, Ed. (selected chapters)

     • So you want to talk about Race, Ijeoma Oluo

     • The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabell Wilkerson


     • Kimberly Jones speaking about protests following murder of George Floyd, May 2020

      • “Fighting Racism as a Multi-Racial Jewish Community”, ADL

     • Race: The Power of An Illusion (PBS, episode 3)

     • Eyes on the Prize

     • Getting in Good Trouble 2021, Congregation Dorshei Tzedek Students

Reading Lists

     • A U.S./Canadian Race & Racism Reading List, Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

     • Native American Resources - A resource list including videos, books by Native women, elders,             spiritual leaders, historians and activists as well as many children's books offering a window into           different Native cultures.


     • Movement for Black Lives

     • Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ)

     • Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

     • Jewish Multiracial Network

     • Be’chol Lashon

Fri, October 15 2021 9 Cheshvan 5782