A Love Letter to My Black Jewish Mom

Aviva Davis, Heyalma, 07/29/2020

My mom is a Jew by choice, and it is because of her that I grew up a strong, proud, Jewish woman of color.

“He really is Jewish” — Little Richard’s lifelong love affair with Judaism

Benjamin Ivry, The Forward, 05/10/2020

Little Richard, the rock and roll pioneer who died on May 9 at age 87, brought a galvanic charge to live performances of such songs as “Tutti Frutti,” “Heebie Jeebies” and “Lucille,” drawing sustained inspiration from what he considered to be a Jewish identity.

A Black Convert Saves Judaism in Small-Town Indiana

Gabby Deutch, Tablet, 12/18/2019

Rabbi Moshe has created an Indiana synagogue with 100 of his converts. Will other Jews accept them?

Tiffany Haddish's Black Mitzvah and her journey of Jewish discovery

Lebo Diseko, BBC, 12/16/2019

The Eritrean-American comedian Tiffany Haddish has celebrated her Bat Mitzvah.

Q & A: She’s Sarah Silverman’s Sister — And Just Officiated Tiffany Haddish’s Bat Mitzvah

Talya Zax, The Forward, 12/04/2019

Sure, there are a lot of Jews in Hollywood. But not one of them has ever had quite as memorable a showbiz bat mitzvah as Tiffany Haddish.

New shul, New City

Larry Yudelson, Jewish Standard, 12/04/2019

Rabbi’s story of exclusion leads to mission of inclusion.

Welcoming My Unwelcomed Ancestors this Sukkot

Julian Voloj, Jewish&, 10/10/2019

Sharing the diversity of my Jewish life with my grandparents.

Amar’e Stoudemire is now an undergrad, goes to his campus Hillel and wants to boost black-Jewish relations

Josefin Dolsten, JTA, 09/18/2019

Despite his serious thoughts about an NBA comeback, Amar’e Stoudemire is taking a little break from basketball to go to school.

A Journey to Judaism on Pointe

Chava Pearl Lansky, Tablet, 06/18/2019

Boysie Dikobe, a South African-born dancer with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, prepares for his conversion—when he’s not performing in drag


Aliyah profile: A Book of Ruth story

Shekhiynah Lar, , 01/01/1970

“I believe that the Book of Ruth is my story,” says Devorah. “Ruth is always referred to as a Moabite. Even though she says, ‘Where you go, I’ll go, and your people is my people.’

Jewish Music with A Caribbean Flair

Rabbi Juan Mejia, Jewish&, 07/18/2016

Chavurat Nahariyah is an exciting group of young families in the Caribbean city of Barranquilla in my native Colombia.

Mothers, Judaism's Heroes

Isaiah Rothstein, Jewish&, 05/04/2016

My mother, once Tanya Maria Robertson, now Shulamis Geulah Rothstein, taught my brothers and me so many things! She, like a great lioness, raised us to think, to feel and to respond to the needs of our people, regardless of religious affiliation, skin color or garb.

Chinese Kaifeng Jews Seek New Lives in Israel

Sarah Burke and Lawahez Jabari, NBC News, 03/03/2016

Yue Ting finally went "home" to Israel this week. She had been looking forward to the day for years — where she comes from there are no synagogues or rabbis.

Audiologist hears call of Judaism, social justice activism

Patricia Corrigan, St. Louis Jewish Light, 09/16/2015

A family friend’s hearing problems first sparked Koach Baruch Frazier’s interest in audiology. What drew him to Judaism after growing up in Kansas City in a family with several African Methodist Episcopal pastors?

'Orange Is The New Black' Gets A Jewish Convert

Maya Klausner, The Jewish Week, 06/16/2015

Born Jewish or Not, You Matter

Elle Shayna Wisnicki, Jewish&, 06/08/2015

The way I look - my golden complexion and the abundance of ringlet curls on my head - combined with the difference in my upbringing have always challenged my place in society and even in the Jewish community.

She's black, gay and soon you can call her 'rabbi'

Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service, 05/28/2015

"As the American Jewish community is becoming increasingly diverse through intermarriage, conversion and adoption, role models are a critical component of identity formation," said Diane Tobin, director of Be'chol Lashon.