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Racial Justice at TBE

We, as a congregation, are committed to A Black Lives Matter sign displayed on a balcony.learning about racism, its impact on our congregation and the broader community, and how we can work to be anti-racist. Contact TBE’s Social Action Committee to learn more and be a part of making future events happen: 

Temple Beth Emeth Statement on Racism

The Congregation of Temple Beth Emeth affirms that racial justice is a Jewish issue.* We believe in the Jewish value of B’tzelem Elohim, that we are all made in the image of the Divine, deserving of love, safety and respect.  Our society is built upon and sustained by racial bias, thus implicating our spiritual home as well. Through education and action, we will examine the impact of our biases on people of color, both within our Jewish community and beyond, and we will work to create a more inclusive community. Our prayer is that we will individually and collectively do our part to eliminate the plague of racism.

*Racial Justice is a Jewish Issue by April Baskin


Check out a book from the TBE Library. Review this list of racial justice books in our library and email our librarian to arrange to pick up books. 

Participate in the 2024 Social Action Congregational Read: The Warmth of Other Suns. Learn more here. Past books have included Braiding Sweetgrass and The Color of Love

Help plan our Juneteenth Shabbat service. Email us to get involved

Join the May 2024 TBE Civil Rights Journey to Montgomery and Birmingham, Alabama, and Atlanta, Georgia. 

Join the 2024 21-Day Equity Challenge Sponsored by United Way of Southeastern Michigan.

Past Events

Participated in the 2021 21-Day Equity Challenge sponsored by the United Way of Washtenaw County.

Juneteenth Shabbat. 

Congregational read and book discussion of The Color of Love by Marra Gad (Spring 2021). 

Inner Journey of Anti-Racism with Rabbi Whinston and local advocate and educator Chuck Warpehoski (November 2020-February 2021).

Yom Kippur study session with Chuck Warpehoski (September 2020)

Film Screening and Discussion of “The Fight to Vote” with Bethel AME (January 2020)

Leadership, Race, and Diversity in the Jewish Community: April Baskin (March 2019)



Jewish People of Color of Ann Arbor/Washtenaw County

21-Day Equity Challenge - United Way for Southeastern Michigan

Find and support Black-owned businesses in our community through Michigan Women Forward’s listing.

Learn more about the racial disparities in Washtenaw County through the Opportunity Index

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