Why it’s critical for Jewish communities to be engaging in racial justice learning — especially now

A few weeks ago, 17 of our Mishkan community members, including members of our staff and our rabbis, took part in the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs’ racial justice training for Chicago-area congregations on a rainy Sunday, over Zoom (like all things nowadays). As a spiritual community, we had already gathered a small group back in February with the help of Bechol Lashon to dig deeper into understanding the racial diversity within the Jewish community and how we could begin to take steps to build a Mishkan community that reflects that diversity. But then the pandemic hit, and it felt like all of our early work was now put on hold.