Rabbi Jackie Mates-Muchin

Rabbi Jacqueline Mates-Muchin is the Senior Rabbi of Temple Sinai in Oakland, CA. Rabbi Mates-Muchin focuses her efforts in serving her community through worship, pastoral care, social justice work, and encouraging the recognition of the vast diversity within the Jewish community. As the first Chinese American Rabbi, she has spoken broadly on the changing nature of the American […]

Noah S. Leavitt

Noah S. Leavitt is a teacher, author, community organizer and attorney. He serves as President of Congregation Beth Israel in Walla Walla, Washington. He is also a Visiting Assistant Professor with Whitman College. He earned his B.A. from Haverford College, his J.D. from the University of Michigan, and his M.A. in Social Sciences from the […]

Lewis R. Gordon

Lewis R. Gordon is professor of philosophy, African American studies, and Judaic studies at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. He is an Afro-Jewish philosopher, political thinker, educator, and musician who grew up in the Bronx, New York, where he attended Evander Child’s High School, played jazz in NY night clubs, and went to Lehman […]

David Serero

David Serero is an internationally-recognized opera singer and actor. Born in Paris to parents from Iran and Morocco, he has performed more than 2,000 concerts around the world, appeared in over 100 films, and recorded 20 albums. He has toured in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Russia, Israel, and the United States. In 2019, he […]

Natasha Kehimkar

Natasha comes from a family of Bene Israel Jews. Growing up in Toronto, she had an Ashkenazi Jewish day school and synagogue experience, along with a unique Indian Jewish home and festival experience. She credits her parents and grandparents for instilling great pride in her heritage by sharing their personal stories and the remarkable history […]

Celeste Jackson

Celeste Jackson is an African American, Haitian, and Jewish woman, working as a finance lawyer in New York City. She was born and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania to a Jewish mother, who traces her heritage to Haiti. As a recipient of the 2010 Dorot Fellowship, a Jewish leadership fellowship, Celeste spent a year in Israel working […]


Shais Rison, aka MaNishtana, was born in 1982 into an African–American Orthodox Jewish family, which traces its African–American Jewish roots seven generations back. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Shoshana. As the blogger behind MaNishtana.net, he works to nurture unity and strengthen multifaceted identity within the Jew of Color community, and invites all […]

Frances Wilson

Frances Wilson of Hawaii is a convert to Judaism who has worked for many years in the field of early childhood and Montessori education. Wilson has participated in the Disney College program, the White House internship program, as well as the TALMA Teacher Fellowship Program in Mitzpe Ramon, Israel. In addition, she has used her […]

Robin Washington

Robin Washington grew up in Chicago in a family of black and Jewish activists during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Participating in sit-ins and protests when he was three years old, he recalls those events fondly as “family outings.” A nationally award-winning journalist, Washington has appeared on National Public Radio, MSNBC, Fox News, […]