Remembering Julius Lester — And a Stop Along His Spiritual Journey

Robin Washington, Jewish&, 01/25/2018

A meaningful and surprising first encounter creates lasting bond

With the Caribbean as their ritual bath, Colombian converts flow to Judaism

Rich Tenorio, The Times of Israel, 09/18/2016

Synagogues in Santa Marta and Barranquilla comprised entirely of converts see an influx of members as the country’s Catholic monopoly is cracked

Conversion: A Black Jewish Can-Do Story

Stephanie Ambroise, Jewish&, 08/24/2016

I wanted and needed Judaism and ultimately as I worked through my studies, I realized it was meant to be. Once I made this decision, there was no turning back and I was nervous — dare I say scared — at times. However, when have I ever let my skin color stop me from doing something NEVER!

How to Welcome the Stranger: A Modern Midrash

Rabbi Juan Mejia, Jewish&, 05/18/2015

1 in 6 contemporary Jews are new to Judaism. How are we supposed to welcome these converts? Rabbi Juan Mejia, a convert himself, provides a modern reading of the biblical story of Ruth to find some guidance.

Eating Bacon?

Janaki Kuruppu, Jewish&, 04/21/2015

"Did you like bacon before you were Jewish?" This question from one or both of my sons comes up periodically, at the dinner table, or in the car.

'Orange Is The New Black' Gets A Jewish Convert

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

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.

Converting to Judaism doesn't have to be so hard

Rabbi Michael Knopf, Haaretz, 05/27/2015

Kreplach with Collard Greens

Laura Kumin, Jewish Food Experience, 02/08/2015

Black, Jewish and gay, Twitty is devoted to exploring the culinary history of his African and Afro-American roots, but equally interested in Jewish cooking.

For Afro-Yiddish Performer, the Past is not Past

Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell, Jewish&, 01/27/2015

When William Faulkner wrote these words in Requiem for a Nun, I'm pretty certain he didn't have a formerly opera-singing African-American performer of Yiddish in mind. Nonetheless, for me Faulkner's words still manage to apply.

Kosher Soul Food Brings Together African-American and Jewish Cuisine

Tal Kra-Oz, Tablet, 01/15/2015

When Michael Twitty was growing up outside Washington, D.C., the treat in his house every weekend was challah—a taste his Lutheran mother developed during her childhood in Cincinnati, where the only baker open on Sundays was Jewish.

A return to Jewish roots for descendents of Hispanic Catholics

Ana Veciana-Suarez, Miami Herald, 01/07/2015

From 'preacher's kid' to synagogue executive

Alix Wall, J Weekly, 12/31/2014

Israel Moves to Ease Path to Conversion

Ben Sales, The Forward, 11/03/2014