While discussing their experiences as people of color in Jewish spaces and in the community as a whole, I heard many experiences similar to mine – and one which was almost exactly identical. Hearing the experiences of these panelists affirmed many of my own experiences as a Jewish person of color, and this was incredibly validating. I am thankful to have been a part of this safe space to both listen and share with confidence.
Hanukkah is a reminder of the miracles of Hashem and the faith of the Maccabean Warriors. Kwanzaa honors the African heritage of all Black people and focuses on important cultural and spiritual values. Kwanzaa and Hanukkah both represent traditional ideas related to perseverance, community identity, and overcoming oppressions.