Beth Shalom Responds to Racial Injustice


Tzedek is the anti-racism group at CBS. It means justice and equity! We’re un-doers of racism, co-conspirators for change, and Jews of all identities who recognize the divine spark in Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. Through education, direct action, bearing witness, and forming partnerships, we are constantly working towards a welcoming community culture at CBS, supporting our collective liberation, and affirming that Black Lives Matter. When we stumble, we search out deeper understanding and recommit to the work of anti-racism. Together, we rise.

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Bechol Lashon’s Black Lives Matter page. A collection of quotes of Black Jewish voices.

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