The report is “a reminder that counting Jews remains a complex and contentious issue, not only for Jews of color, but for all Jews," said Diane Tobin.
Our new study shows US Jewry is a whole lot less white than you might think and helps ensure everyone is being honored and served.
The history of Jews in the United States is one of racial change that provides useful insights on race in America. Prevailing classifications have sometimes assigned Jews to the white race and at other times have created an off-white racial designation for them. Those changes in racial assignment have shaped the ways American Jews of different eras have constructed their ethnoracial identities. Brodkin illustrates these changes through an analysis of her own family's multigenerational experience. She shows how Jews experience a kind of double vision that comes from racial middleness: on the one hand, marginality wit regard to whiteness; on the other, whiteness and belonging with regard to blackness.