The Jews of Color Initiative is committed to supporting the Jews of Color community through grantmaking. As an equity-driven institution, we rely on the support of JoC colleagues from diverse professions and experiences to guide and oversee our grantmaking decisions. Meet the five incredible leaders who will serve on our Grant Advisory Committee for the next two years!
Jordan Daniels (he/him) is a Fat Queer Afro-Jew writer and photographer who focuses on Queer experiences, anti-racism, belonging for JoCs, and Fat activism. Jordan believes in collective liberation and is striving to find pathways to it that explore joy. He is an alumni of Bend the Arc’s Selah JOC Cohort and Upstart’s Change Accelerator. He seeks to support those with intersectional identities in gaining tools to unlock their own freedom personally and professionally.
Robin Harrison (he/him) was born the sixth of seven children raised in Compton, California. He received his bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from Cal State University Dominguez Hills and has served as a teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District for twenty-five years. Robin has served on the Beth David Board of Directors for the last eight years and been the Adult Education trustee, VP of Religious Practices, and is currently Social Action trustee. In 2018, he had the honor of serving as a member of the URJ Jew V’Nation Fellowship for Jews of Color. Robin’s family has been members of Temple Beth David, in Westminster, for nearly a decade. As a current rabbinic student and future rabbi, it is his hope to be a positive influence on his temple and surrounding community.
Matthew Hom (he/him) is a community organizer and Jewish educator based in Southern California (Tongva land). After studying ancient Jewish history and literature in graduate school in New York City, he returned to California in 2016 and has since pursued a career in political and social justice organizing, working not only for electoral campaigns but also with Jewish progressive nonprofits like Bend the Arc and Never Again Action on issues like immigration, housing, and racial justice. He also has years of experience in Jewish education, and is passionate about engaging with Jewish youth to build inclusive, affirming and Tikkun Olam-centered Jewish identities. Matthew is a proud Chinese American and Ashkenazi Jew, and he is committed to helping foster representation, visibility, creative expression and community for Jews of Color.
Heather Miller (she/her) is a career educator, school leader, and future rabbi who is passionate about creating embracing spaces in both the religious and secular parts of her life. As the President of her synagogue, she strives to build a community that is safe for all of the intersecting identities in its membership. Heather merges her skill sets to work on committees and projects with various organizations to help move DEI work forward in Jewish spaces. Heather is the founder of The Multitudes, where she designs and facilitates workshops for synagogues and school communities that help cultivate a more racially inclusive lens. She was awarded METNY’s 2020 Ernest L. Rothschild Leadership Award and is honored to be in the 4th JOC-only cohort of Bend the Arc’s Selah Leadership Program. Her favorite role of all, however, is as the mother of three amazing boys who are proudly descended from both freed slaves and Holocaust survivors.
Anjelica N. Ruiz (she/her) is the Director of Libraries and Archives at Temple Emanu-El, where she also teaches Judaica to fourth graders. She previously worked at the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas in the Center for Jewish Education and the donor services department. She holds an M.S. in library science from the University of North Texas; an M.S. in criminal justice from Texas State University; and a B.A. in criminology from St. Edward’s University. Anjelica is an alum of the Union for Reform Judaism’s JewV’Nation Fellowship in the 2018 Jews of Color cohort and Bend The Arc’s Selah Fellowship as part of Cohort 16. She also completed the Anti-Defamation League’s Glass Leadership Institute in 2016 and currently sits on the ADL’s Texoma Regional Board.