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Beth Israel Reads

Beth Israel Reads “How to be an Antiracist”

What steps can we at Beth Israel take to become more actively antiracist? As the Social Action Committee of Beth Israel recently wrote, “Now, more than ever, we are obligated to ensure that the lives and welfare of all of our brothers and sisters are safeguarded; specifically, we must actively condemn and eliminate brutality and unjust treatment against all people of color.” 

The foundation of this work is education that broadens our awareness and understanding of the issue, and helps us become active partners in promoting justice and equity. 

With this in mind, we announce the latest edition of Beth Israel Reads. During this summer, we encourage everyone in our community to read, “How to Be an Antiracist” by New York Times best-selling author Ibram X. Kendi, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Boston University. 

We will pair our reading with discussion prompts and conversation to collectively raise our awareness around antiracist work. Virtual discussions are planned for the weeks of August 17 and 24. (There’s also an opportunity to engage before then, Kendi will be speaking at a virtual event, Monday, July 20 at 7pm. Click here for details.)

Suggested sources for the book include independent booksellers in Ann Arbor, BookboundNicola’s, or Literati; or, one of these Black-owned bookstores (listed by state). More details will follow about how to engage with this program. If you have questions please contact Denise Leyton at  

Tue, October 27 2020 9 Cheshvan 5781