FHJC SURJE challenges itself to live up to the principle of tikkun olam by embracing the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion for all people. FHJC is a place of welcome for Jews of all races, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ability, and socio-economic status.
The mission of this committee is to advance our vision by educating our members about racism and other diversity, equity, and inclusion issues by organizing discussions, providing resources, and by other means within the synagogue.
SURJE will advocate for people of color (diversity, equity and inclusion) in FHJC and the local community; advising the shul when a response is needed on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
See the FHJC calendar for dates and times of upcoming SURJE meetings and programs.
Masterdocs for white allies:
Jewish Text Resources:
Jewish Teaching Resources:
Leveled readers and read-alouds with Black characters or a Black point of view:
Cece Loves Science: Push and Pull (I Can Read Level 3) by Kimberly Derting, Shelli R. Johannes, et al.
Just For You!: Hurry Up! by Bernette Ford (Level C)
Feast for 10 by Cathryn Falwell (Level E)
Books by Ezra Jack Keats- The Snowy Day, Peter’s Chair, Goggles… (Level J)
Princess Truly series by Kelly Greenawalt Lola series by Anna McQuinn (Level J)
Jabari Jumps and Jabari Tries by Gaia Cornwall (Level J)
Jamaica’s Find by Juanita Havill (Level K)
Quickest Kid in Clarksville by Pat Zietlow Miller (Level M)
Ron’s Big Mission by Rose Blue (Level M)
A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams
A Story About Afiya by James Berry, Anna Cunha (Hardcover)
My Rainy Day Rocket Ship by Markette Sheppard, Charly Palmer
Billy Bloo is Stuck in Goo by Jennifer Hamburg, Ross Burach
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty, David Roberts
Max and the Tag-Along Moon by Floyd Cooper
The Big Bed by Bunmi Laditan, Tom Knight
Books by Black Authors
What Is Given from the Heart by Patricia McKissack
Ana and Andrew series by Christine Platt
Hair Love (there is also an animated short of this story) by Matthew Cherry
Bright Eyes, Brown Skin (poetry/verse) (Level J) by Cheryl Willis Hudson
Be A King (Level L) by Carole Boston Weatherford
Dream Big (Level M) by Deloris Jordon
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
Imani’s Moon by Janay Brown Wood
Do Like Kyla (Level H), Lily Brown’s Paintings (Level L), Tell Me a Story, Mama (Level L) by Angela Johnson
We March (Level I) by Shane W. Evans
Another by Christian Robinson
Thank You, Omu! By Oge Mora
Sail Away by Donald Crews
Christine Platt- Biographies- Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, Jr.
Vashti Harrison- Little Ladies: Bold Women in Black History, Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History, Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World
Anna Membrino- I Look Up To…Michelle Obama
Diversity, Culture, Acceptance…
All are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman
We’re Different, We’re the Same (Sesame Street) by Bobbi Kates and Joe Mathieu
Speak Up by Miranda Paul and Ebony Glenn
Lovely by Jess Hong
Where are you From? by Yamile Saied Méndez
Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal
We are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom, Michaela Goade
A Place Called Home: Look Inside Houses Around the World (Lonely Planet Kids) by Lonely Planet Kids, Kate Baker
You Matter by Christian Robinson
Antiracist Baby Board Book by Ibram X. Kendi, Ashley Lukashevsky
Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin by Duncan Tonatiuh
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale by Duncan Tonatiuh
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, Erin E. Stead
Grades 3-5: Books with Black Characters and/or Written by Black Authors
If I Just Had Two Wings (Level T) by Virgina Frances Schwartz*
Send One Angel Down (Level T) by Virgina Frances Schwartz*
Betty Before X By Shabazz, Ilyasah*
Preaching to the Chickens (picture book)
The Story of Young John Lewis by Asim, Jabari*
The Youngest Marcher (Level T-picture book)
The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, A Young Civil Rights Activist by Levinson, Cynthia
The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 (Level U) by Christopher Paul Curtis*
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Level W) by Mildred D. Taylor*
One Crazy Summer (Level W) by Rita Williams-Garcia*
The Skin I’m In (Level W) by Sharon G. Flake*
CALLING ALL ARTISTS
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
WE NEED A LOGO!
(And we are offering a $25 gift card to a local Black-owned business
and a $25 donation in your name to a racial justice charity of your choice)
FHJC SURJE (STANDING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE AND EQUITY)
We are looking for a logo to use on all of our materials, as well as on the FHJC newsletter and website, that will best represent our mission and vision.
Some info on us:
FHJC SURJE challenges itself to live up to the principle of Tikkun Olam by embracing the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion for all people. FHJC is a place of welcome for Jews of all races, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ability, and socioeconomic status.
The mission of this committee is to advance our vision by
educating our members about racism and other diversity, equity, and inclusion issues by organizing discussions, providing resources, and by other means within the synagogue.
SURJE will advocate for people of color (diversity, equity, and inclusion) in FHJC and the local community; advising the shul when a response is needed on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
How: We are open to any format, color, and type of logo.
Our committee will choose a logo that best represents our mission and vision.
When: Deadline for submission is August 21st
Who: creative people of any age or skill level
Huh?: contact us with any questions