What We Do

The Jews of Color Initiative works to build a truly multiracial, anti-racist Jewish community in which Jews of Color can experience joy and reach their full potential and belonging as leaders and community members. To do so requires creating structural and communal support for Jews of Color and expanding the field of knowledge about our community.

We work to bring about these systemic changes through three key areas:

Grantmaking

Our grantmaking directs Jewish communal resources to organizations and initiatives led by and/or serving Jews of Color (JoC). Through grantmaking, we serve and center JoC leaders, including emerging leaders, who develop innovative ways to provide support, community, resources, opportunities, and Jewish engagement to the Jews of Color community. We also support and work with white Jewish leaders and organizations that demonstrate genuine, sustained allyship and seek to use their position and influence to engage in real structural change.

Research

Our research builds datasets and knowledge bases about Jews of Color, filling gaps in communal knowledge and scholarship surrounding the JoC community. The Jews of Color Initiative commissions multiracial research teams to produce studies with real-world implications that can shape policies and practices within the Jewish ecosystem.

Community Education

Through community education, we circulate knowledge, data, stories, best practices, and current issues relating to Jews of Color, racism and anti-racism, and equity and inclusion across U.S. Jewish communities. Our sessions with institutional stakeholders motivate leaders to take action to make the Jewish community equitable, inclusive, and guided by racial justice.

Essential Resources

See the resources below and visit our resource library to see how we're putting our work into action

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Grant Application Guide

Use this simple 1-page guide to assess your project's fit with JoCI grantmaking and to submit a grant application

Top 5 Teachings from Beyond the Count

The five most essential teachings from Beyond the Count, our unprecedented research study on the perspectives and experiences of Jews of Color in the U.S.

Member of Whose Tribe?

Today, Americans tend to think of Jewish people as white folks, but it wasn’t always that way. On this episode of NPR’s Code Switch, we dig into the complex role Jewish identity has played in America’s racial story — especially now, when anti-Semitism is on the rise.