Launched in February 2018, the Coalition for Black and Jewish Unity was established in partnership by the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity and Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC. In 2021, ADL Michigan and the Detroit Urban League have joined as conveners.
Following an increase in hate crimes and discrimination across the country, the Coalition for Black and Jewish Unity was created to promote solidarity between the Jewish communities and Black communities in metropolitan Detroit. Speaking in a singular voice about issues affecting both groups, the Coalition also educates the public as a tool to combat hatred, cultivate relationships, and develop future leaders in the struggle against racism and antisemitism.
Speak out and oppose racism, antisemitism, and other forms of ethnic-based hatred.
Promote solidarity between the Black community and Jewish community in all their diversity.
Identify and implement educational and social action advocacy initiatives that serve the cause of fighting racism, antisemitism and ethnic-based hatred.
Develop programming aimed at younger community members in order to identify and cultivate future leaders of the organization.
DETROIT PROJECT UNDERSTANDING SUMMIT
In May 2022, JCRC/AJC Detroit ACCESS and the Coalition for Black and Jewish Unity hosted the inaugural Detroit Project Understanding for Emerging Leaders.
Detroit Project Understanding is a unique opportunity for young leaders in the Black and/or Jewish communities to continue the legacy of our historical relationship through meaningful exercises, thoughtful conversation, and professional networking opportunities. Participants were encouraged to have open and honest discussions about issues affecting each of their respective communities, as well as those that affect both. Together, they explored how shared understanding, friendship and allyship, and advocacy between the Black and Jewish communities can create valuable progress in Detroit and beyond.
Black and/or Jewish professionals residing in the Detroit Metropolitan area, between the ages of 25-39, were eligible to apply.
Meet your Detroit Project Understanding team!
Detroit Project Understanding Co-Chairs
Shane Sperling is a member of the Metro Detroit Jewish community, representing the small minority of Jews of color in West Bloomfield. This is his first year on the executive board for JCRC/AJC. Shane finds himself often trying to find the balance between his racial identity and religious identity. He is excited for this event to help begin the conversation internally and externally, as well as help be a bridge in addition to being a member of the bridge between the Black and Jewish communities.
Leadership – Executive Committee
Reverend Dr. Deedee Coleman Russell Street Missionary Baptist Church
Rabbi Marla Hornsten Temple Israel
Mark Jacobs Reverend Kenneth Flowers
Executive Committee Members
N. Charles Anderson Reverend Dr. Steven Bland Pastor Sterling Brewer Cantor Daniel Gross Jennifer Lewis Rabbi Asher Lopatin Reverend Dr. Robyn Moore Carolyn Normandin Dion Williams