In an extraordinary display of unity, a broad cross-section of American Jewish organizations joined to declare this coming Shabbat to be a “Shabbat of solidarity with the African-American community.” In light of the horrific act of violence in Charleston, South Carolina, leaders of the Jewish community are asking their members to participate in this Sabbath of solidarity.
Among the suggested actions for rabbis, congregations and organizations are to speak out in synagogues this coming Shabbat on the issue of racism in society and to express rejection of hateful extremism. All rabbis and congregations are encouraged to reach out to AME churches in their communities with expressions and demonstrations of support.
The call to action is consistent with the historic ties of the Jewish and African American community going back to the Civil Rights era.
This call to action has been endorsed by all four of the denominations, including the Rabbinic and congregational arms, as well as national community relations organizations. They include: The Rabbinical Assembly, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Union for Reform Judaism, Central Conference of American Rabbis, Rabbinical Council of America, Orthodox Union, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, Jewish Reconstructionist Communities, in association with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, the Rabbinic Cabinet of Jewish Federations of North America, the International Fellowship of Rabbis, AJC, ADL, Wiesenthal Center, National Jewish Democratic Council, Republican Jewish Coalition, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, World Jewish Congress and Hillel International.