The Jewish case for Black reparations: a three-part series.

On April 14, the House Judiciary Committee voted to bring H.R. 40, the bill that establishes the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans--out of committee--a historic feat not accomplished since the late Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) first introduced a reparations bill in 1989. The legislation has been introduced in every Congress since then but never made it past a committee vote until that night.


At its 2019 URJ Biennial, the Reform Movement passed the Resolution on the Study and Development of Reparations for Slavery and Systemic Racism in the U.S., becoming the first major Jewish denomination to do so, and immediately began urging Congress to take action to this end.


Now, the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) presents a three-part virtual series: Understanding Reparations, starting this Thursday, May 6! Register for all sessions here.


The series will be led by a panel of experts, sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism In partnership with Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and Temple Sinai of Washington D.C.


Session 1 - Unpacking the Meaning Thursday, May 6

7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Chicago time


Featuring Yolanda Savage-Narva, director, Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Union for Reform Judaism; and Darin Johnson, Associate Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law.



Session 2: The Historical and Economic Perspective Sunday, May 16 -- 2 p.m. Chicago time


Featuring: Professor Richard F. America, McDonough School of Business of Georgetown University; Richard Rothstein author, Color of Law; and Valerie Wilson, PhD, Economic Policy Institute.


Moderated by Deitra Reiser, PhD, Transform for Equity.



Session 3: A Jewish Perspective for Repair Sunday, May 23 -- 2 p.m. Chicago time


Featuring Rabbi Hannah Goldstein, Temple Sinai; Nkechi Taifa, Esq, Justice Roundtable; and Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism.


Moderated by Deitra Reiser, PhD, Transform for Equity.




Register here for all three sessions.


To contribute to Evanston's Reparations initiative, administered by the Reparations Stakeholder Authority, click here.

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