Jews Should Embrace Racial Diversity

Doug Chandler, The New York Jewish Week, 01/17/2018

Rabbi Manny Vinas claims discrimination; is recent larceny connected?

Netanyahu’s historic Latin America visit is part of global pivot

Adam Abrams, Jewish News Syndicate, 08/28/2017

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s historic visit to Mexico and Argentina in mid-September is expected to improve trade ties for Israel and open the dialogue with Latin America’s Jewish community.

Growing Up Latina and Jewish, I Was A Contradiction

Laura Limonic, Forward, 07/31/2017

For the record, my brother is not adopted. He was born, and named in Argentina, where Jewish boys have names like Pablo, Jose, Federico, Mateo and Fernando.

Let my people in: The case of the Venezuela Nine

Rabbi Juan Mejia and, Jewish Journal, 01/18/2017

In a small city in Venezuela, there are nine Jews. Five adults, two teens, two children. They pray the same prayers you do. They celebrate the same holidays you do. They worry about the safety of their children and of the Jewish people, like you do.

Group of Venezuelan Jewish Converts Denied Immigration to Israel

MaNishtana and, Tablet: The Scroll, 01/04/2017

According to the Law of Return, Jewish converts who wish to make aliyah are required to undergo a conversion in a "recognized Jewish community," and then spend at least nine months actively engaged in Jewish life in said recognized community before they can move to Israel. However, for a group of nine Venezuelan Jews from Maracay who coverted to Judaism in 2014 under the auspices of a Conservative rabbinical court-and who joined a synagogue an hour's drive from their hometown and have been practicing and studying their religion for three years-they apparently are not "involved enough" in Jewish life to make aliyah.

Latino Jews Respond to Trump

MaNishtana, Tablet, 12/06/2016

"You are not Latina," Tanya Saavedra's stepfather once told her. "You are Jewish! You will never be able to get rid of that."

How to Welcome the Stranger: A Modern Midrash

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

Rabbi Juan Mejia, a convert himself, provides a modern reading of the biblical story of Ruth to find some guidance. 

Bay Area Jewish parents accept joys, struggles of interracial adoption

Viki Larson, J., 10/08/2004

It isn’t too hard to pick out Ruthie Heller in her 12th-birthday photo, even if she weren’t wearing colorful balloons fashioned into a hat atop her head.