January 16th, 5:00 p.m.–FREE

On Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend this year, join UJA and scholars from Ammud: The Jews of Color Torah Academy and the Shalom Hartman Institute, for an evening of learning to explore when we’ve felt at home, when we haven’t, and what it will take for everyone in America to feel like they belong. Register here:

February 22nd, 8:00 p.m.–FREE 

The FHJC Sisterhood and FHJC SURJE are teaming up for a virtual book discussion to honor Black History Month. The book, The Personal Librarian, by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray, tells the remarkable, little-known story of Belle da Costa Greene, J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian—who became one of the most powerful women in New York despite the dangerous secret she kept in order to make her dreams come true. Register here:

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February 10th, 11:00 a.m.–$18

Join Hadassah on a virtual trip to Jewish South Africa. This “trip” will feature a tour guide from Majorca and former Young Judaen Dani Rotstein, who will moderate with his friend and Cape Town tour guide Craig.

The Cape Town Jewish community has been thriving since 1841, when the community was formed on Erev Yom Kippur. Jews have always been part of the activist community in South Africa. From the beginning of Communism in the early 20th century to being major players in the struggle against apartheid, and being social entrepreneurs for social justice for all peoples in South Africa. Register here:

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

Out of Left Field by Klages, Ellen

Breakout by Messner, Kate

Trouble the Water (Level V) by Dowell, Frances O’Roark

Spirit Week Showdown (Level R) by Allen, Crystal

Horizon (Level V) by Westerfeld, Scott

All Different Now (Level S) Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Johnson, Angela*

Kinda Like Brothers (Level Z) by Booth, Coe*

Skateboard Party by English, Karen*

The Parker Inheritance 

by Johnson, Varian*

The Lincoln Project (Level V) by Gutman, Dan

Framed! by Ponti, James

Ruby Lee & Me (Level T) by Hitchcock, Shannon

A New Beginning  My Journey With Addy by Patrick, Denise Lewis*

As Fast as Words Could Fly by Tuck, Pamela M.*

Ghost Boys by Rhodes, Jewell Parker*

Towers Falling (Level W) by Rhodes, Jewell Parker*

P.S. Be Eleven (Level X) by Williams-Garcia, Rita*

If I Just Had Two Wings (Level T) by Virgina Frances Schwartz*

Send One Angel Down (Level T) by Virgina Frances Schwartz*

Gone Crazy in Alabama (Level V) by Williams-Garcia, Rita*

The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond (Level T) by Woods, Brenda*

The Mighty Miss Malone (Level U) by Curtis, Christopher Paul*

Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome (Level R) by Montague, Brad

Poems in the Attic  by Grimes, Nikki*

Zoe in Wonderland (Level T) by Woods, Brenda*

Looking Like Me (Level R-picture book) by Myers, Walter Dean*

Betty Before X By Shabazz, Ilyasah*

The Crossover (Level Z) by Alexander, Kwame*

Under the Same Sun (Level N) by Robinson, Sharon*

Unstoppable Octobia May (Level W) by Flake, Sharon*

I Am Enough (picture book) by Byers, Grace*

We March (Level I-picture book) by Evans, Shane*

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 Seventh Most Important Thing (Level Y) by Pearsall, Shelley

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*


FHJC SURJE–Standing Up for Racial Justice & Equity

Our Vision

FHJC SURJE challenges all FHJC members to live up to the principle of tikkun olam, by embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion for all people.  FHJC welcomes Jews of all races, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ability, and socio-economic status.

Our Mission

The mission of this committee is to advance our vision by educating our members about racism and other diversity, equity, and inclusion issues, through discussions and events, by providing resources, and by other means, within and outside the synagogue.

FHJC SURJE will advocate for people of color in the FHJC and local community–advising the shul when a response is needed on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.