Anti-Racism Study Series 2022

Temple Micah is embarking on a new project to help us become an anti-racist community. An outgrowth of last year’s Racial Justice Initiative, this Anti-Racism Study Series aims to:

  • Help educate individuals in our community to live their lives with a greater degree of racial awareness
  • Learn what it means to be an anti-racist institution and to bring a racial lens to every decision we make
  • Make Temple Micah a welcoming place for everyone


Through a variety of books, articles, videos, and podcasts, we will study white privilege, microaggressions, reparations, education, intersectionality, and more. We will delve into the works of influential authors, including Nikole Hannah-Jones, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Isabel Wilkerson, and Claudia Rankine.


Martha Adler (co-chair), Jodi Enda (co-chair), Rabbi Daniel Zemel, Rabbi Stephanie Crawley, Beth Werlin, Helen Burstin, Yolanda Savage-Narva, Rachel Moon, Brent Goldfarb, Amy Berman, Gayle Wald, and Rabbi Esther Lederman.


Power, Racism, and Caste

The work of Isabel Wilkerson

Led by Yolanda Savage-Narva

Watch the first in a series of monthly study sessions: Power, Racism, and Caste on YouTube.

Led by Micah member Yolanda Savage-Narva, the director of Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for the Union for Reform Judaism, we read and discuss Caste: The Origins of our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson.

Suggested Readings: 

*We recommend purchasing from a local, Black-owned bookstore, such as MahoganyBooks, Loyalty Bookstore, or Sankofa Video Books & Cafe. You can search for other local bookstores here.



Led by Gayle Wald

Gayle Wald speaks at an event
Please join us for the second installment of Micah’s Anti-Racism Study Series at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 7,  on Zoom. We will discuss
Citizen: An American Lyric, Claudia Rankine’s best-selling volume about the urgency of everyday racism that endures in America to this day. 

Gayle WaldCitizen is an accessible, moving book of prose poems and lyrical essays that asks us to think about racism as it dwells in the ordinary and the particular — or what are sometimes called “microaggressions.”

The discussion will be led by Gayle Wald, a Micah member and Professor of American Studies at George Washington University. 

If you have time, read the entire book; if not, Professor Wald suggests reading through section IV.

We recommend purchasing Citizen from a local, Black-owned bookstore, such as MahoganyBooks, Loyalty Bookstore, or Sankofa Video Books & Cafe. You can search for other local bookstores here.


Claudia Rankine

Claudia Rankine. Photo credit:

Claudia Rankine is the author of six collections of poetry, including Just Us: An American Conversation, Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; three plays including HELP, which premiered in March of 2020 at The Shed, NYC, The White Card, which premiered in February 2018 (ArtsEmerson/ American Repertory Theater) and was published by Graywolf Press in 2019, and Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; as well as numerous video collaborations. She is also the co-editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind (FENCE, 2015). 

The Anti-Racism Study Series is part of Temple Micah’s quest to become an anti-racist congregation that is welcoming to everyone and to help members of our community gain a greater degree of racial awareness.

When Identities Converge: Understanding Intersectionality and Racism 

The work of Kimberlé Crenshaw

Led by Yolanda Savage-Narva

Join us for the third installment of Micah’s Anti-Racism Study Series on Tuesday, May 10 at 8 pm on Zoom. We will discuss Kimberlé Crenshaw’s work on intersectionality and racism.



To join us online, look for the Zoom link in the weekly emails, or sign up for our Friends of Micah mailing list here. You may also contact the office for more information.

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