"Our hair struggle isn’t new."
As someone who is half-Filipino and half-Hispanic and grew up in a diverse Dallas, TX, neighborhood, I never gave much thought to the politics of skin color and how that affected me – at least not until I entered the Jewish community.
Let us introduce you to a band of sisters with the last name Haim. No, not the ones you’re thinking of. Tair, Liron, and Tagel Haim are sisters from southern Israel, and together they form a band called A-WA (Arabic for “Yes,” pronounced AY-wah).
For a person of color in America, the term person of color can be both useful and divisive, at once a form of solidarity and a badge of alienation. There’s a flattening effect, too: A multitude of ethnicities and cultures, with their own color-coded nuances, get crammed into the initials P.O.C. Among its many virtues, Mira Jacob’s graphic memoir, GOOD TALK (One World, $30), helps us think through this term with grace and disarming wit.
Tatiana Wechsler will likely go down as the only actress to belt out a showstopper in a Yiddish musical, and then — less than a month later — play a member of the Nation of Islam in a theatrical production.
Even though neither of my parents has been to Israel, my journey to Israel starts with them and their families. I am the result of the love shared between a Jewish man and a Catholic woman from opposite coasts of the United States.
Lessons learned in Rwanda in 2017 are inspiring a rabbi's work in the United States.
How one mom turned her professional loss into a parenting win.
“Rachel and Rachel’s Queer/Black Bat Mitzvah,” a show that pays homage to my Jewish heritage the only way I’ve ever known how, with a full appreciation for black American culture.
The Israeli singer who had to fight for the right to sing in his own distinctive style
Reflecting the history of their complicated binational country, the Jews of Belgium form a community that is both defined and divided by its diversity.
The “Derby Bunch”, or “Six Pack” as my parents like to call them, are a motley crew of grandkids – three of each gender – born within a six-year span to my two siblings and myself. And though all Jewish, we are spread across the ethnic and denominational map as well.
The struggle to survive at predominantly white institutions... “There is one sin that slavery committed against me which I will never forgive. It robbed me of my education.” – Dr. James D. Anderson