In grappling with race, Jewish schools rethink approach to Jews of color

Third-graders from the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan check out a mural in East Harlem as part of a social studies unit on ethnic groups around New York, March 2019. (Courtesy of Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan)

When Martha Nadell and her partner decided to enroll their daughter, Georgie, at the Hannah Senesh Community Day School in Brooklyn, they were  excited about the school’s pedagogical approach and values.

But Nadell, an English professor at Brooklyn College who is white and Ashkenazi, and her partner — who is of Puerto Rican and African-American descent and not Jewish — were concerned about the student body’s racial and ethnic homogeneity.

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