Aviva Cohen
Darrell Friedman Institute

After the Protests and Statements of Solidarity, What’s Next? Asking Ourselves Hard Questions

 In Education, Programs and Training

By Stefanie Rhodes and Ruth Messinger

We are two white Jewish women committed to honoring diversity and striving for justice. We are also a mother and grandmother of Jews of Color. Over the past several weeks, we have felt a range of emotions – outrage, sadness, anger, and fear – in response to the brutal murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others, and the failures in our law enforcement systems, which too often perpetrate violence. We have also felt deeply troubled and angry by recent efforts to devalue Jews of Color by questioning how many of them exist, precisely at a time when COVID-19 is taking a disproportionate toll on Black Americans and when many Jews of Color are struggling to access basic human services, employment, healthcare, and funding for critical work.

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