Uri L’Tzedek Anti-Racism Resources

This is a non-exhaustive list of books and articles that can help you understand and combat racism in America and the Orthodox Jewish community today. Please check back often as we continue to update the page.


Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The New Jim Crow
by Michelle Alexander
How Jews Became White Folks by Karen Brodkin
I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown

Evicted by Matthew Desmond
Ariel Samson Freelance Rabbi by Rabbi Shais Rishon
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley


How to Deconstruct Racism, one Headline at a Time” by Baratunde Thurston
How Racism Makes Us Sick” by David R. Williams
Jews of Color and Joyous Activism!” by April Baskin (Interviewed by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz)



Race in America Today
How the GI Bill’s Promise Was Denied to a Million Black WWII Veterans,” by Erin Blakemore:
A Case for Reparations,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Ta-Nehisi Coates Revisits the Case for Reparations
The 1619 Project, by The New York Times
Which People?: How “people of color” evolved from a gesture of solidarity and respect to a cover for avoiding the complexities of race, by Rachelle Hampton

Race in the American Jewish Community
Jews of Color Have Been Consistently Undercounted by the American Jewish Establishment. Until
Now,” By Ari Feldman
Black Jews Are Being Chased Out of the Jewish Community by Racism. Here Are Their Stories,” By
Nyla Burton
The Intersection of Racism and Anti-Semitism,” by Cherie Brown
Skin in the Game; How Anti-Semitism Animates White Nationalism,” by Eric Ward
Black Jews Feel ‘Alienated’ by Orthodox Whites after anti-Semitic Attacks” by Doree Lewak

Orthodox Jews against Racism
Civil Rights and the Dignity of Man,” by Rabbi Ahron Soloveichik
’Justice, Justice You Will Pursue?’: Orthodoxy and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965,” by Lora Rabin Dagi. Excerpts.
For Black Orthodox Jews, Constant Racism in Exhausting” by Chava Shervington
 “Rabbi Pinchas Teitz Address on the Polo Grounds to Encourage his Congregants’ Participation in the March on Washington
Racism Within the Jewish Community” by Elisheva Rishon
“I’m a white foster parent seeing racism through my black and brown children’s eyes” by Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz.
“Is it Time we Pay Slave Reparations?” by Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

“Spiritual resistance: Purge your own prejudices” by Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz