Dear Sci-Tech East Families,
In the last week, it has filled our hearts with hope and light to see our campers, staff, alumni, and faculty living their Jewish values and taking a stand against hatred and systemic racism. In the face of injustice, our community will not remain silent.
The URJ’s mission of creating a more just, whole, and compassionate world means that we have a moral imperative to dismantle the deeply rooted racism in America. Together as a community, we join the wave of resisters from many backgrounds who have taken on the moral and spiritual courage to say with our bodies, words, and deeds, Black Lives Matter.
URJ Northeast Camps have put together some resources for us all to self-reflect and begin or continue this important conversation, but we know that the work does not stop with learning. We encourage every single one of us, without exception, to be the protagonist that demands that we become a society dedicated to justice, safety, and unity for all. You can access this resource at https://urjnortheastcamps.org/pirkeiavot/
We’re sending out love and commitment to our community, particularly to Black and Brown people at this time, and our friends who have committed themselves to the pursuit of justice in the street and from their homes. We promise to continue to follow Torah’s righteous edict, “tzedek tzedek tirdof,” (Deut. 16:18), justice, justice you shall pursue. Justice, justice we shall pursue.