Racial Equity and the Jewish Community


The Jewish Community Relations Council is creating a consensus statement on racial equity. A consensus statement expresses a JCRC’s position on an issue and articulates our unique experience and perspective. Consensus statements are a JCRC’s foundation for action—allowing us to advocate, stand up, speak out, and build relationships on behalf of the organized Jewish community to the broader community. Throughout the approximately nine-month consensus statement process, the JCRC will offer educational opportunities to the whole Jewish community so that we may learn and grow together in this work. Join us! Learn more about what a consensus statement is, the JCRC’s goals for the statement, and how it will benefit our whole community here.


Join us for two timely educational events!



And You Shall Be a Blessing: Transforming Jewish Trauma to Pursue Justice

Rabbi Tirzah Firestone | February 28



Between Privilege and Peril: Jews and Structural Racism in the United States

Professor Devin Naar | March 2





Events and Education


Join us in processing our American and Puget Sound Jewish communal histories with, understanding of, and actions around race and racism, including how these issues impact Jews of Color.


And You Shall Be a Blessing: Transforming Jewish Trauma to Pursue Justice


Rabbi Tirzah Firestone

Sunday, February 28 | 10 am


Join us for an interactive lecture and discussion with Rabbi Dr. Tirzah Firestone, psychologist and Jewish spiritual leader. She will share her exciting research at the intersection of Jewish history, psychology, and neuroscience, and engage us in a conversation about healing our community’s wounds to pursue justice and strengthen our potential for action, advocacy, solidarity, and allyship in the world. 


Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, PhD, is an award-winning author, Jungian psychotherapist, and Rabbi Emerita of Congregation Nevei Kodesh in Boulder, Colorado. Known widely for her work in intergenerational trauma healing, Rabbi Firestone teaches nationally about the transformation of historical trauma and the importance of harvesting our ancestral wisdom to assist us at this crucial time in history.





Between Privilege and Peril: Jews and Structural Racism in the United States


Professor Devin Naar


Tuesday, March 2 | 7 PM


Join Dr. Devin E. Naar and your JCRC in an exploration of a series of key moments in American Jewish history from the 18th to 20th centuries that reveal the ways that Jews have simultaneously been both targets and beneficiaries of racism and discrimination. We will look at how these dueling dynamics played out in relation to the question of American citizenship in 1790, Emma Lazarus and her famous 1883 poem, The New Colossus, the lynching of Leo Frank in 1915, and the passage of the Immigration Restriction Act in 1924. The recognition of the ways that Jews have been implicated in systems of oppression even while remaining vulnerable provides the historical context for action in the present.


Dr. Devin E. Naar is the Isaac Alhadeff Professor in Sephardic Studies, Associate Professor of History, and faculty at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. A former Fulbright scholar with a Ph.D in History from Stanford University, Dr. Naar is the chair of UW’s Sephardic Studies Program, an internationally recognized center for the study of Sephardic history, culture, and language. His first book, “Jewish Salonica: Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece,” won a 2016 National Jewish Book Award and the 2017 prize for best book awarded by the Modern Greek Studies Association. His current book project investigates the multifaceted experiences of Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews with American conceptions of race.


Our Impact


High-priority bills advocated by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle became law following the 2020 session of the Washington State Legislature.