The Power of Juneteenth

June 16, 2023

Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19 to commemorate the ending of slavery in the United States, is an opportunity to reflect on our shared history and reaffirm a deeper commitment to pursuing and perfecting racial justice in our own time.

As a Jewish organization with a focus on reimagining traditions and rituals, Reboot knows the power of holidays to connect us to the past and remind us of what’s important in the present. As we mark Juneteenth, we acknowledge that white supremacy and anti-Blackness are present in the Jewish community and cause harm. Reboot affirms that Black Lives Matter and condemns the racial oppression that continues today. And we make a commitment to doing the work needed to achieve racial equality within our organization and beyond.

As a Jewish arts and culture organization and the R&D arm of the Jewish community, we will use our tools and resources to support the Jewish community as it continues to tackle this important issue, and we commit to commissioning work from Black Jews and Jews of Color that will help us tell new stories that pave the way to a future that is free of racism and oppression.

We invite you to join us in reading this powerful Psalm that Reboot Network Member Rebecca S’manga Frank wrote for Bechol Lashon: “Clap Your Hands, All You Nations: A Psalm for Juneteenth.”

David Katznelson
CEO, Reboot