Jewish Diversity Category

The following drash/sermon was given during Yom Kippur at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav. I love being Jewish. I always have. From the moment I knew I was Jewish, I found a home in the prayers, larger-than-me concepts, values and sense of community that were infused in everything we did. I was aware, however, that I was […]

Quick hit: Fatemeh Fakhraie over at Racialicious does a great job analyzing W magazine‘s big article on Persian Jews in Los Angeles. The first commenter sums it up well: On one hand, it’s nice to see some acknowledgment that non-Ashkenazi Jews and Jews of color exist. On the other, a representation that just plays on […]

this is basically a note to send you to a piece i’ve written for the latest issue of the Monthly Review on the origins of the current rise to visibility of jewish opposition to zionism. i hope you’ll read and enjoy – and if you disagree with me, argue here. the piece is online, at […]

I stopped just dropping promos for upcoming events, but every once in awhile, I’ll break my own rule. Here’s one of those times: The Welcoming Synagogues Project: Diversity & LGBT Inclusion in the Jewish World Coming to — yes, no surprise — NY and LA (I feel folks pain about limited access to events now […]

Ashkenazi Privilege Checklist

In: Jewish Diversity, Race

Check out this new educational resource developed from 2006-2009 by Corrine Lightweaver, Sasha King and the Jewish Multiracial Network for rabbis, Jewish educators, philanthropists, activists, and lay people. Ashkenazi Privilege Checklist: ___ I can walk into my temple and feel that others do not see me as outsider. ___ I can walk into my temple […]

The American Jewish World Service-AVODAH partnership wants you to self-define as an activist. Last night’s Inside the Activists’ Studio conference in New York (co-sponsored by set out to celebrate every kind of social consciousness, from choosing to buy fair trade coffee to going door to door for housing rights. Well over 100 Jewish activists […]

Jen Chau, founder and director of SWIRL, (and an eagerly anticipated contributor to JVoices) will be presenting this Sunday at Inside the Activists’ Studio (which JVoices is a co-sponsor) on how activism needs a serious make-over, and tools for building a sustainable activist life. We caught up with her before the day’s event to ask […]

On November 23, 2008, we held the first International Conference of Black Jews. We invited Jews of Nigerian, North American, Congolese and Israeli origin to compare our different ways of living our Judaism. With this event, we wanted to illustrate the diversity present in Judaism, and to show that biological criteria are never involved in […]

I was getting message after message Monday about the horrible NY Post article on Joy Ladin’s return to her work at Yeshiva University. I didn’t want to write about it then. I was beyond annoyed at the sensationalist and grossly offensive reporting. I was also beyond annoyed that many didn’t discuss her accomplishments as a […]

How Do You Jew?

In: Jewish Diversity, Jewish Identity, Jewish Life

Among all of the deeply rewarding elements of the pulpit rabbinate, none has been as meaning-filled, for me personally and on a broader communal level, as guiding the study and rituals of those who choose Judaism and the Jewish people as their own. Each of the individuals who have invited me to join them — […]