Black Lives Matter is a Jewish Value

April 23, 2021
As an organization driven by our Jewish values, we believe strongly in the concept of pikuach nefesh – the sanctity of human life. We understand that one life is equal to an entire universe, which obligates us to do everything we can to protect the lives and well being of others. Yet we know that in America, throughout our history and even today, Black Americans have not been treated as equals. It’s reprehensible, and it’s time to assert – Black lives matter is a Jewish value.
Systemic racism touches every policy Jewish voters care about. The pandemic has disproportionately affected Black Americans, the impacts of climate change are disproportionately felt in communities of color, and voting rights are under attack in 47 states targeting Black Americans and others.
If we truly believe in the Jewish value of pikuach nefesh, and the American value of creating a more perfect union, we must address systemic racism. The guilty verdict for Derek Chauvin provided a sense of hope, but justice requires much more. We all have a responsibility to stand up for the rights of the oppressed and to end racism and bigotry in all its forms.
The fight for change starts at the ballot box, and it demands we elect more Democrats who reflect our values. Keep reading to see how you can support JDCA and take action, including by supporting the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, and join us next Friday, April 30, at 2:00pm ET/ 11:00am PT, for a community discussion on why Black Lives Matter is a Jewish Value with members of the Congressional Caucus on Black-Jewish Relations and others. You can join by clicking here or on the image below.
TAKE ACTION: It takes two minutes to get in touch with your elected officials with JDCA, and our Action Center is your hub to advocate for your values. Click below to demand your elected officials pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, and enact legislation to combat climate changegun control, and more.
JOIN US: Jewish Dems from across the country Wednesday, April 28 at 7:30PM ET / 4:30PM PT, right before President Biden addresses a joint session of Congress, for a discussion on the Biden-Harris Administration’s first 100 days in office. We will be joined by JDCA’s Board Chair and former Congressman Ron Klein (D-FL), CEO Halie Soifer, and Political Committee Chair Izzy Klein. Click on the image below to sign up.
Thank you for your continued partnership and support. We look forward to seeing you Wednesday for our Pre-Debate Schmooze.
Shabbat Shalom,

Hon. Ron Klein
Board Chair, Jewish Democratic Council of America

Halie Soifer
Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Democratic Council of America