Jews of color

Jews of color

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We started as five people active in social justice work who were trying to figure out what it means to be white, living in a society rooted in structural racism and inequality.

Deitra Reiser and Rabbi Hannah L. Goldstein
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After several synagogue shootings, American Jews are grappling with the need to keep our communities safe and to remain open and welcoming to seekers of all backgrounds.

Bryant Heinzelman and Rachel Hall

"How are you Jewish?” is a question Rivka Campbell, hears often. It’s exhausting, she says, to explain her presence in a community to which she belongs.

Toby Singer

The JewV’Nation Fellowship represents the belief that a healthy Jewish people is possible only when individual Jews and their loved ones are included.

April Baskin

As a married couple researching families like ours, we shaour new book shares red our findings about how households that combine Jewish and Asian traditions seem to have vibrant religious, cultural, and intellectual Judaism within them, even when both parents may not be Jewish.

Helen K. Kim and Noah Leavitt

As calls for criminal justice reform continue to spark national debate, the largest-ever gathering of Jews of color convened this week in New York City to discuss matters of racial justice inside and outside the Jewish community.

Sigal Samuel (Forward)
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Jews come in all colors, and our diaspora is beautiful and vast! North Africa and the Middle East are among the places from which Jews originated, and we have lived on every continent. We’re a global, multiracial people that’s growing more racially and ethnically diverse through interfaith and interracial marriage, conversion, and adoption.  

 
 
April Baskin

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, announced today that April Baskin will join the URJ's executive leadership team as Vice President of Audacious Hospitality. Baskin's role is crucial to the ongoing implementation of the URJ's strategic 2020 Vision plan, and the final staffing decision within a realignment of executive roles that is structured around the 2020 Vision's core priorities of strengthening congregations, audacious hospitality, and tikkun olam (social justice).

Audacious hospitality is the URJ's focused effort to engage seekers - Jews who are unaffiliated, under-engaged, and, in some cases, uninspired - in the sacred work of creating a world of wholeness, compassion, and justice. Congregations and other Reform institutions can play an indispensable role in attracting and serving those looking for ways to connect with their Jewish identity.

As URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs put it recently, "No more than 50% of American Jews are members of synagogues at any one time. Unless we change our approach, there is little chance that Jews in their twenties and thirties will even enter the revolving door of synagogue affiliation. Hoping is not a strategy; the Jewish world needs new approaches for engaging the future. Together we will shape the strategies that will broaden and deepen our movement."