This Chanukah, we rededicate ourselves to the fight to end police violence and racial profiling.

As we light the Chanukah candles, we remember those who have lost their lives to racist police violence. We remember the lives they lived and the loved ones they left behind, and we dedicate the Chanukah flame to their memory.

As we light the Chanukah candles, we remind ourselves that police violence can and must stop. Each night we take one action to move us closer to the world we long for, free of racism, violence and injustice. 

This ritual toolkit provides opportunities to join the movement in different ways. Each night we have an option to take different kinds of action in the fight for Black lives, for racial justice, and to continue the call for accountability and justice for all victims of police brutality and violence. This ritual toolkit offers two paths to action: Option 1, a social media action, or Option 2, an activity directed toward the demands of Ferguson Action. We recognize that a successful movement needs many different kinds of contributions. May all of our contributions, whether in our homes or on the streets, bring about a society where Black lives matter.

The idea for this document sprang out of an ad-hoc national coalition of Jewish racial justice organizers. For more information, visit

Type of Custom: Prayers of Remembrance

Holiday/Event: Chanukah