Jewish institutions began assessing themselves when, just over a year ago, a police officer in Minneapolis murdered George Floyd.
Officially launched in December, Kamochah now has around 150 members from across the Orthodox spectrum.
This week after the verdict, I imagine our Torah portion is sending us a signal of how we should live and treat each other.
We needed a verdict that would make the police think twice before pulling the trigger or even drawing their weapons.
The Chauvin case, like so many others, leads to the question: What is the difference between enforcing the law and imagining being the law?
Jews aren’t supposed to pick and choose for whom we pursue justice.
“Race is new for white people, and that’s part of the problem. Jewish whiteness and the Jewish relationship to racism is different.”
All of the available data shows that Jews of color are more highly intermarried than other Jews.
When we erase Jews of color and focus exclusively on white Jews, we fail this moment of national racial reckoning.
For immigrant Jews, seeing Aunt Jemima’s ads in the pages of the Yiddish press could have been their first introduction to American racism.