Being Black and Jewish has given me the strength to walk proudly. I have been asked on many occasions how I could be Jewish. I always respond to these questions because I believe that asking questions is a profound way to grow and learn.
The gift of the voices of three Reform Jews of Color help ground us in the historical reality of racial oppression in the United States, but also to hold ourselves accountable for a call to change, repair, and disruption.
We Jews are a multiracial, multiethnic, multicultural people who continue to build an evolving Jewish civilization together that includes a religion and a nation. How can we embrace the full diversity of today’s Jewish community?
In the United States, Canada, and the UK, each February is designated as Black History Month, an opportunity to celebrate the history and achievements of Black people while looking toward a more equitable and just future.
In the video “Owning Our Racial Equity Work Ahead,” Yolanda Savage-Narva, the Union for Reform Judaism’s director of Racial, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (REDI), calls on each of us in the Jewish community to do three things.