In celebration of the enduring ties between America’s Black and Jewish communities, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the National Urban League (NUL) are partnering to designate the week of September 7th as Black-Jewish Unity Week. Our histories in America differ profoundly, and yet we share a history of discrimination and violence. The two communities share many goals and values, and have a long history of working closely together. There is also a history of tensions and disagreements. Recently, anti-Semitism among some segments of the current African American activist movements have renewed tensions, even as our shared fight for justice, equality and access to opportunity require we work together as allies. This week is an opportunity to listen, learn, and remind ourselves of our shared work and our ongoing challenges.
Links to Media and Resources:
- Jews and the Civil Rights Movement – A concise overview from the Religious Action Center (RAC) of Reform Judaism.
- National Urban League Podcast: For The Movement: Celebrating #BlackJewishUnity Week – In this episode, leaders of the Urban League and the American Jewish Committee explore the relationship between the two communities in honor of #BlackJewishUnity Week. Daniel Elbaum, the American Jewish Committee’s Chief Advocacy Officer, joins Clint Odom, NUL Senior Vice President of Policy & Advocacy and Toni Wiley, NUL Director of Advocacy.
- American Jewish Committee Podcast: People of the Pod – Celebrating #BlackJewishUnity Week with the National Urban League – In this episode, leaders of the Urban League and the American Jewish Committee explore the relationship between the two communities in honor of #BlackJewishUnity Week, with Clint Odom, the National Urban League’s Senior Vice President for Policy and Advocacy, Executive Director of the National Urban League’s Washington Bureau.