Celebrating Black History Month

Black-Jewish Partnership for Social Justice Film Series In partnership with the JCC of Central NJ community.



Two extraordinary films that explore the relationship between the Jewish and Black communities. These true stories illuminate the Jewish/Black alliances that helped shape the Civil Rights Movement. All movies are free of charge.

They Ain’t Ready for Me 

Streaming Saturday, January 30 – Monday, February 1

Zoom with Film Subject Tamar Manasseh and Director Brad Rothschild Tuesday, February 2 • 7:30 p.m.

Film-maker Brad Rothschild (Westfield native) introduces Tamar Manasseh, the young inspiring black female Jewish rabbinical student who is leading the fight against killings of young black girls and boys on the South Side of Chicago.

Shared Legacies: The African-American Jewish Civil Rights Alliance

Streaming Saturday, February 6 – Monday, February 8

Zoom Conversation with Social Justice Matters – Rabbi Abraham and Leland McGee

Wednesday, February 10 • 7:30 p.m.

This film explores the often-forgotten story of the coalition and friendship between the Jewish and African-American communities during the Civil Rights Movement and the current efforts to invigorate this vital relationship.



Questions? Contact Randi Zucker at rzucker@jccnj.org or 908-889-8800 x253.

These programs are presented in partnership with:

  • SocialJusticeMatters.org
  • Congregation Beth Israel
  • Temple Sholom
  • Temple Emanu-El of Westfield
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest
  • JCC of Central NJ

Made possible by funds from the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.


Be’chol Lashon, who’s mission is  – to strengthen Jewish identity by raising awareness about the ethnic, racial and cultural diversity of Jewish people and experience around the globe – recommends the following works of non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and cookbooks that explore the intersection of race, ethnicity, and Judaism.