Holding Space for Black Jews

Holding Space for Black Jews

Patrice Worthy, Atlanta Jewish Times, 09/22/2020

“Soul: A Black Jewish Dinner Series” recreates Shabbat with Black Jews and non-Jewish Blacks around a virtual table.

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

'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.

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

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?”

Jewish Groups Embrace BLM, With Conditions

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.

How One Black Orthodox Jewish Woman Is Opening Minds in Her Brooklyn Community

How One Black Orthodox Jewish Woman Is Opening Minds in Her Brooklyn Community

Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 06/30/2020

Less than two weeks after George Floyd’s killing at the hands of police in Minneapolis, Mayaan Zik, a Black Orthodox woman and longtime resident of the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, stood on the main drag of Kingston Avenue, and introduced a number of speakers from both the Black and the Hasidic Jewish communities to kick off the rally, “Tahalucha for Social Justice.”

An Anti-Racist Graphic Novel Reading List

An Anti-Racist Graphic Novel Reading List

PW Staff, Publisher's Weekly, 06/11/2020

In tribute to the memory of George Floyd, who died at the hands of the Minneapolis police, and in support of the worldwide outcry over his death, PW’s comics editors have compiled a list of graphic titles about African American life and history.

As COVID-19 puts Brazil’s poverty issues into sharp focus, Brazilian Jews rush to help favelas

As COVID-19 puts Brazil’s poverty issues into sharp focus, Brazilian Jews rush to help favelas

Cnaan Liphshiz, Jewish Telegraph Agency, 06/05/2020

The grassroots operation is one of dozens of coronavirus-related aid initiatives by Jews in Brazil, which is among the countries hardest hit by the pandemic.

Will a Saudi TV show change how Jews are seen in the Middle East?

Will a Saudi TV show change how Jews are seen in the Middle East?

Rebecca Anne Proctor, Forward, 05/23/2020

The year is 1948 and the scene is from the Ramadan series “Um Haroun” or “Mother of Aaron,” which tells the story of a Jewish family in Kuwait during the 1940s living under Arab-Muslim rule.

The Revolutionary Jewish Way to Memorialize George Floyd

The Revolutionary Jewish Way to Memorialize George Floyd

Rachel Stomel, Kveller, 06/12/2020

In the context of Jewish law, remembrance is not a reflexive, passive process directed inward.

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