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AAPI Month Resources

The Jewish Community Center of the East Bay is happy to provide these resources to celebrate and support the Asian American and Pacific Islander individuals who are on our staff and in our community. Whether you’re looking for resources for your Asian-Jewish family, or want to educate yourself on how to be an ally to the AAPI community, this guide is for you!

This guide is by no means comprehensive, but we hope it can be a meaningful start to an educational journey and celebration of the AAPI community.

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Local Asian-Owned Businesses

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Organizations

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Bay Area Organizations that Support AAPI

Explore more local organizations supporting AAPI community with this list from KTVU.

Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs

APAPA focuses on increasing API civic participation at the local, state, and national level through voter registration and education, civic leadership programs including internships and scholarships for high school and college students, fellowship and mentorship for adults leading to appointive, judicial and elective offices.

Stop AAPI Hate

In response to the escalation in xenophobia and bigotry resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

Jews of Color Initiative

The Jews of Color Initiative is a national effort focused on building and advancing the professional, organizational and communal field for Jews of Color.

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Racism Is Contagious

This site provides publicly accessible resources for visualizing the data associated with COVID-19 related attacks on Asian Americans to encourage those who feel alone to speak and to help spearhead actionable change.

Be’chol Lashon

Be’chol Lashon (Hebrew for “in every language”) strengthens Jewish identity by raising awareness about the ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity of Jewish identity and experience.

Jews Against Marginalization (JAM)

This program for teens is part of the organization Jewish Youth for Community Action (JYCA). It is an affinity space for youth who identify as People of Color, mixed-race, Sephardic, or Mizrahi. The goal of JAM is to build a safe, inclusive space to empower youth with identities marginalized or underrepresented in the Jewish community.

Dimensions Educational Consulting

Dimensions is a women and Jewish People of Color led nonprofit that provides training and consultancy in diversity, equity, and inclusion. It facilitates and supports organizations and individuals as they create collaborative environments that promote creativity, innovation, productivity, and social justice.

Ways to Take Action

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Email Congress

Speak up against anti-Asian hate through our friends at the ADL (the Anti-Defamation League).

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Bay Area Tips

This local list has tips on supporting the Bay Area Asian Community.

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Bystander Intervention Guide

Stop anti-Asian American harassment.

Discover Your Implicit Biases

This Harvard study lets you take a test to reveal your own internalized biases, ranging from skin tone, to sexuality, to disability, and beyond.

Stop AAPI Hate

Explore more ways to take action through this organization’s resources.

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NBC News’ Anti-racism Resources

This list can help you to support Asian American, Pacific Islander community.

Resources for Families and Educators

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Jewish Art Projects

Explore these YouTube tutorials of Jewish art projects for kids and families from our JCC’s LABA East Bay fellow and a member of the AAPI community, Ava Rosen.

Book: Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup

This PJ Library tells the story of two cultures – and two soups – being appreciated in one family.

Book: Shanghai Sukkah

This PJ Library book shares a tale of two cultures coming together when a European Jewish family moves to China.

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Lesson Plans on Coronavirus and Infectious Racism

The ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) has put together two lesson plans that will allow students to gain a greater understanding of why anti-Chinese rhetoric or acts have increased recently amidst the coronavirus and how we can act as allies and make positive changes in our communities.

Watch: Book Chat with the Illustrator

Award winning author/illustrator Grace Lin discusses how her identity as an Asian American influenced her children’s book A Big Mooncake for Little Star.

Watch: Sesame Street How to be an Upstander to Racism Song

Join Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Gabrielle, and Tamir to learn what you can say and do when you see someone being treated unfairly because of the color of their skin or fur.

Books for Children

Be’chol Lashon’s list of children’s books highlights the diversity of Jewish experience as portrayed in picture books, graphic novels, and chapter books.

Books for Babies and Toddlers

The books on this PJ Library list all show rich diversity, including Asian American and South Asian faces.

Further Learning

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LUNAR Videos

A project supported by Be’chol Lashon, LUNAR aims to highlight the racial and cultural diversity of the Jewish community by celebrating and making visible the experiences of young adults (18-30) who exist at the intersection of Jewish and Asian American in a short-form video series.

JEWISH starts at the JCC

Your generosity sparks lifelong connections to Jewish community. Please make your year-end gift to the JCC East Bay by December 31.