FOX Files: Black Jews

Combine the words Black and Jewish and most people think of is Sammy Davis Junior.

And only Sammy Davis Junior.

For a number of years however, a small but growing number of African-Americans have been choosing to join the chosen people, even though many people assume American Jews are always white.

No one is sure how many American Jews are also African-American, but of the 6 million Jews in the United States, it is estimated more than 1 million identify themselves as non-white.

And their numbers seem to be growing, in part because today about half of all American Jews marry outside the faith, which is creating a Jewish community more ethnically and racially diverse.

And the numbers are growing, in part because about half American Jews are marrying outside the faith, and the result is Jewish community much more diverse.

At Central Reform Congregation in St. Louis, usually 1/3 of those attending weekly services are Jews of color.

Through the years, there has been a good deal of racial tension between Jews and blacks in America.

And in some places there still is, which is why Rabbi Susan Talve of Central Reform thinks embracing this change can help tear down those walls.

And the Jews of color we talked with believe Jews by choice might even enrich the spiritual experience of Jews by birth.

In some large cities, particularly on the coasts, there are entire congregations of black Jews.

And in the small town of Cairo, Illinois, a group of about 50 African-Americans have now formed their own congregation.

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