In anticipating raising Jonah, Diane and Gary wanted to better understand the intersection of Judaism and race. In order to find the answers they were seeking, they turned to their strength and launched the “Study of Ethnic and Racial Diversity of the Jewish Population of the United States,” which included a questionnaire and a series of focus groups. The San Francisco Examiner quoted Gary saying, “For me, one of the key issues in thinking about a transracial adoption was the potential bifurcation between my child’s black identity and his Jewish identity. A full embrace of ethnic Jews has yet to be seen. The recognition that the Jewish community is diverse may lead us to thinking about the way our institutions and organizations operate. Are they inclusive? Exclusive? Are there segments of the Jewish population that could be more connected than they are?”

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