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The Jews of Color Initiative is a voice for change across the Jewish community. See how the JoCI is impacting the field.

How the Jews of Color Initiative Is Funding Work for a More Inclusive Jewish Community

How the Jews of Color Initiative Is Funding Work for a More Inclusive Jewish Community

In recent years, Jewish communal leaders and philanthropists have come to recognize that the American Jewish community—widely presumed to be white-skinned and Ashkenazi (from Central and Eastern Europe)—is far more diverse than they imagined. With the help of philanthropic partners, the Jews of Color Initiative, a Berkeley, California-based fund led by Executive Director Ilana Kaufman, is raising consciousness about underserved Jews of color and working to create a more inclusive and welcoming ecosystem in the organized American Jewish community.

November 11, 2021
Largest study ever of Jews of color reports widespread discrimination

Largest study ever of Jews of color reports widespread discrimination

American Jews of color say their racial and ethnic identities shape their Jewishness in important, positive ways, but that they also face bigotry in settings where white Jews predominate, according to a study released Thursday, the largest-ever of this group.

November 11, 2021
Work remains to build a more inclusive Jewish community

Work remains to build a more inclusive Jewish community

In a 1963 speech in Chicago attended by Martin Luther King Jr., theologian Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel famously described racism as an “eye disease, a cancer of the soul … making us see the generality of race, but not the uniqueness of the human face.”

November 11, 2021
Researchers unveil massive study on Jews of color, boosting fight for racial justice with hard data

Researchers unveil massive study on Jews of color, boosting fight for racial justice with hard data

For the past few years, Jews of color in the United States have been counted and recounted. They’ve been argued over and used as props in ideological battles. Now their own voices have emerged as hard data with the release Thursday of the most comprehensive survey of Jews of color ever carried out. The movement fighting racism within the Jewish community is heralding the study as a watershed moment.

November 10, 2021
We asked people about their experiences as Jews of color. Here’s what they told us.

We asked people about their experiences as Jews of color. Here’s what they told us.

With the newly released study “Beyond the Count: Perspectives and Lived Experiences of Jews of Color,” our community and our leaders have new tools to inform, shape and move our community toward one that authentically and powerfully engages the diversity of all Jews. Just as important, “Beyond the Count” includes self-reflections by Jews of color — 1,118 to be exact — that offer insights about their experiences, both positive and negative, in Jewish spaces.

November 10, 2021