African-American Category

Adam Serwer over at The Root has a great new post called “The Self-Hate Hustle.” Serwer draws a parallel between divisions in Jewish communities over Israel and divisions in (U.S.) Black communities “about loyalty and authenticity.” Describing Netanyahu’s characterization of David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel as “self-hating Jews” based on their support of a settlement […]

JVoices is co-sponsoring an exciting upcoming free event in the San Francisco Bay Area! Here’s the scoop… I recently got a piece published in Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal. It’s an essay I co-authored with my friend Nzinga, about our experiences as African American Jews. She converted to Judaism, and I was born Jewish; so, […]

( brings you the full Haggadah, In Search of Freedom: Exploring Common Ground Passover Haggadah, for the first time online.) For the 14th year, the Milwaukee Area Jewish Committee’s African-American-Jewish Task Force held its annual African-American Jewish Seder. The seder has been led in synagogues, university libraries, senior centers, Jewish homes for the elderly, but […]

From an interview I did with Rachel Kramer Bussel, editor of Best Sex Writing 2008, about my essay in that book: Amy Andre has a master’s degree in human sexuality studies from San Francisco State University. She works as a sex educator and writer. What inspired your article “The Study of Sex?” I’m actually the […]

Big win for the Courage Campaign who galvanized over 30,000 people to make sure that everyone’s vote is counted, and an end to the “double bubble” trouble plaguing voters and the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters. The “double bubble” issue is being talked about as the “Florida” of the 2008 election (but what’s lost […]

Robin Washington is editorial page editor of the Duluth News Tribune and a commentator on public radio stations nationwide. This piece first appeared in Minnesota’s American Jewish World. Would somebody please tell me how many degrees of separation from Louis Farrakhan you have to be in order to be considered a decent person on this […]

The Big Ten – Parshat Yitro

In: African-American, Gender, JVoices, Race, Religion, Torah

Recently, my wife Lauren and I vacationed in an up-and-coming, mid-sized city in the Deep South. Traveling from Wilmington, NC and having heard of employment opportunities there, we decided to visit the area and “scope things out.” When we arrived on that warm, sunny day, my wife and I parked our car close to the […]