The event is co-sponsored by Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice and funded in part by the Ford Foundation.Recent events have moved racial justice to the forefront of America’s public consciousness.The Jewish Multiracial Network (JMN) and Jews For Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ) are excited to announce a Jews of Color National Convening.This important endeavor is designed to empower Jews of Color and provide a space for national strategizing, unprecedented advocacy, and mobilization of Jews of Color and their allies within the American Jewish community.The Jewish community is often too quick to reject Jews who are on these paths and journeys, looking to who is “in” and “out,” rather than where individuals are on a continuum.
Furthermore, conventional wisdom about race and religion do not necessarily apply (i.e., “Asians are Buddhist” or “Blacks are Christian”). All of these issues are pressed even harder upon ethnically and racially diverse Jews. But the Jewish community has different and evolving standards. We estimate at least 20% of the Jewish population is racially and ethnically diverse, including African, African American, Latino (Hispanic), Asian, Native American, Sephardic, Mizrahi and mixed-race Jews by heritage, adoption, and marriage.
Our goal is for JOC leaders to walk away with the tools to create tangible and effective change in the Jewish community and in the wider racial justice movement in America.
We invite all Jews of Color to participate in what we hope will be an insightful and impactful gathering of leading voices in Jewish diversity and social justice.
The Changing Nature of Jewish Identity Americans are increasingly characterized by switching their religions, mixed religious marriages, “recombined” religions and inter-racial marriage.
The Jewish community, including Jews of color, are part of these national phenomena.