~ ABOUT RJI ~
The Temple Judea Racial Justice Task Force is committed to bringing diverse points of view together to promote racial equity and racial justice. Our programs encourage active listening while generating transformative ideas, information, and experiences. Members of the Racial Justice Initiative are committed to the work of eliminating policies, practices, attitudes and cultural messages that reinforce inequitable treatment based on race.
The RJI’s pioneer program is Uncomfortable Conversations: An Exploration of Race and Racism, a series of communal discussions centered around selected readings, films and conversations with visiting guests from the greater Los Angeles area. Please see the listings below for upcoming Uncomfortable Conversations and other RJI-sponsored programming.
In addition to our focus on continual learning and open dialogue, RJI is committed to find and create opportunities for Temple Judea members to invest in interrupting racism, bigotry, and prejudice whenever encountered – and towards this end, RJI will seek out such opportunities and communicate them regularly to members of our congregation.
~ Upcoming TJ RJI Events ~
The Racial Justice Initiative's ongoing education series discusses the film "Fruitvale Station," directed by Ryan Coogler. This biographical film depicts the events that led up to the 2009 killing of Oscar Grant by a BART police officer in Oakland. Available for streaming on Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon Prime.
To register and join us, click HERE
It is our aim that this panel series: Unpacking LA's Criminal Justice System will help our congregational community and members of the wider Los Angeles Jewish community to uncover the history of the police and criminal justice systems in our city with an eye toward their inequities and the pain they inflict upon minority communities. Over the course of our series we hope to dig deeply into the various avenues toward reform – beyond catch phrases or slogans – into a real understanding of opportunities and challenges as they pertain to our city.
This first panel, How Our Past Informs the Present will set the historical stage for our community to understand today’s issues around reform. Our suburb panelists will bring scholarship, historical perspective, and lived experience to illustrate the extent of racial inequity in our criminal justice system, with a particular eye toward historical moments and turning points (e.g. Rodney King beating and its aftermath, Three-Strikes Rule).
For more information about the Temple Judea Racial Justice Initiative,
check out the latest Temple Judea RJI newsletter HERE.