Racial Equity

This is the Moment: Jewish Story of Nachshon and the Legacy of Black Courage 

February 9, 2023

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – JUNE 29: Fisk Jubilee Singers perform as the Fisk Jubilee Singers unveil “HERITAGE & HONOR: 150 YEAR STORY OF THE FISK JUBILEE SINGERS” at Fisk University on June 29, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee. Fisk Jubilee Singers were the first to make a commercial recording of “Wade in the Water.” (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for Marushka Media)

Fisk Jubilee Singers from Fisk University perform “Wade in the Water” in 2019 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee.

Rabbi Sandra Lawson

Rabbi Sandra Lawson

Rabbi Sandra Lawson is the Inaugural Director of Racial Diversity Equity and Inclusion at Reconstructing Judaism. The 2018 graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College is known for tackling difficult questions surrounding Jews and race. In 2020, the Forward named Lawson to its “Forward 50,” proclaiming her a “truth-teller,” and the Center for American Progress named Lawson to its list of Faith Leaders to Watch in 2022. Lawson also holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in sociology. She lives in North Carolina with her wife Susan and three “fur babies”: Izzy, Bridget, and Simon.