Today marks one year since the murder of George Floyd. His simple words ‘I can’t breathe’, as he struggled for life, fill us with horror and shame.
In the US, the UK and across the world many have tried to live more deeply and sincerely the truth that Black Lives Matter. There is, hopefully, a greater awareness of what needs to be done in education, policing and across every layer of society and its organisations. This country has been forced to think more closely about the ongoing impacts of the colonial past.
In Judaism, the defining statement about the value of human life is that every person is created in God’s image and that every human being is both equal and unique. The far-reaching and incisive report commissioned by the Board of Deputies of British Jews and written by Stephen Bush sets out in detail the work we must do to live by those truths in our synagogues, schools, youth movements and homes.