The American Jewish story needs to include more non-Ashkenazi Jews like me

Layla Rudy, JTA, 09/30/2020

I have never met that level of blatant hostility, but now, venturing out of my community and onto a university campus in Brooklyn and now Montreal, I do encounter confusion and questioning when I tell classmates that I’m a Syrian Jew. I’m often met with, “There are Jews in Syria?”

'We Jews are not a race': A rabbi of color speaks personally on Yom Kippur

Angela Warnick Buchdahl, Forward, 09/28/2020

I know what you’re thinking. I don’t exactly have the “Jewish look.” You think of Jews as a people, with Jewish surnames, Jewish features, even our own genetic diseases. I understood what the community was telling me. That Jewish peoplehood was akin to race. Something immutable and hereditary. An exclusive club you had to be born into. And even though I had a Jewish father, with my Asian-American face, I would never really be Jewish.

Jewish Groups Embrace BLM, With Conditions

Mari Cohen, Jewish Currents, 06/23/2020

IN AUGUST 2016, the Movement for Black Lives, a broad coalition of organizations associated with the Black Lives Matter movement, released a detailed platform that included a range of policy demands touching nearly every area of political concern, from criminal justice, to education, to the environment, to economics.

When you treat us like just a statistic, you fail Jews of color like me

Marcella White Campbell, JTA, 05/28/2020

Diversity has always been — and will always be — fundamentally Jewish.

Amid Coronavirus Crisis, Argument Over Tallying U.S. Jews of Color Erupts

Allison Kaplan Sommer, Haaretz, 05/21/2020

Debate sparked after Reform Movement website publishes article on how Jewish community can support Jews of color affected by pandemic. Response article argues it’s problematic to define 'Jews of color'

Five Things I Learned When Traveling to Brazil with 20 Jews of Color

Aaron Samuels, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, 02/12/2020

Aaron Samuels shares how traveling to Brazil made conversations about race in the United States more complex.

More Jews of color in leadership positions is good for us all

J. Editorial Board, J. The Jewish News of Northern California, 02/06/2020

As a hub of Jewish innovation, the Bay Area has become the proving ground for not one but two major programs designed to move more Jews of color into Jewish leadership positions.

What Is a Jew of Color?

Hen Mazzig, Jewish Journal, 01/30/2020

Although nowhere in Jewish texts and tradition was it ever suggested people with fair skin are superior, Jewish society is not immune to the disease of colorism.

What Not to Say to Jews of Color — and What to Say Instead

Allison Barnes, Keveller, 01/29/2020

In America, especially now, it is both hard to be Black and hard to be a Jew. So imagine, if you will, what life is like for a Black Jew.


JOC Campus Coalition Meeting

Shekhiynah Lar, , 01/01/1970

Introducing the Jews of Color Campus Coalition, for Jews of African American, Asian, Latinx, Sephardic and/or Mizrahi heritage. Join us for the first gathering of Jewish students of color from campuses across NYC. Help us create a community and use our collective knowledge to influence the greater Jewish community.


Documentary explores racial identity

Inte, , 01/01/1970

Filmmaker Lacey Schwartz has an intriguing and compelling personal story to tell in her documentary, “Little White Lie,” screening at 3 p.m. at the Philadelphia Film Festival (PJFF) Pre-Fest, taking place Sunday at the Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad St.