What does it mean to be a Jewish person of color in America today? We are honored to be featured in this new episode by Stance Podcast, where the dialogue unfolds with many powerful voices, including our CEO, Ilana Kaufman, and current and past staff of the Jews of Color Initiative. Kaufman passionately shares the Initiative’s mission to construct a professional, organizational, and communal space for Jews of Color, emphasizing the significance of accurate data representation and the empowerment of diverse voices into leadership roles.
The episode features additional members of the JoCI team—Jade Groobman (Programs Associate), Sarah Starks (Junior Program Officer), and Riki Robinson (previous Program Director of New York)—who invited the Stance Podcast team to our Sukkot celebration to demonstrate how JoCI fosters inclusive Jewish communities. This engaging podcast episode also features esteemed JoC colleagues in the field, including Professor Lewis R. Gordon who guides listeners through a diverse history of the Jewish people, journalist Robin Washington who shares reflections on being a Black Jew in the aftermath of the events of October 7th, and Japanese American Jewish writer Hannah Bloom who tackles the dual model minority myth.
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