Re-discovering the joys of Racial Diversity in Your Synagogues: Who Are actually Jews of Color?

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Jews of Color is a pan-ethnic concept which is used to distinguish Jews whose family roots happen to be traditionally in African, Asian or Latin-American countries around the world. Jews of Color may possibly indicate that they are Black, Latino/a, Asian-American or perhaps of mixed heritage which include biracial or multi-racial.

As a result of many reasons, Sephardi or Mizrahi Jews who cam from North African and Arab countries differ in whether they self-identify as “Jews of Color.”

Jews of Color become a member of the Jewish community in lots of ways, including: birth, transracial/transnational adoption, and conversion. Additionally, the Jewish community incorporates a number of people of color who become a member of the Jewish community because of family connections, i.e. through interfaith relationship, but who maintain their faith-identity.

The research concerning the population of Jews of Color suggests that that 11% of Jews in America happen to be Jews of Color.


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