Posted on: April 23, 2012
I love my JOC community. I’m always learning, always experiencing and always appreciative of the people and families who have come before me. Being a Jew of Color isn’t always easy. In fact it can be extremely difficult-especially if you’re in a small community. Finding your footing as a new Jew is hard, but when you’re a new Jew and Black it can be even harder. Which is why I was so disturbed that Aish’s Dear Emuna told a black convert who was experiencing racism and bigotry in her community to careful not to be overly sensitive to racist remarks. Emuna encouraged the girl to ignore racist remarks and tells her, “Finding a good husband is difficult for everyone. It is harder for a convert and even harder for someone in your particular circumstances.” what particular circumstances does she mean? If being black and Jewish is a “circumstance” then it’s clear that simply ignoring ignorance and bigotry isn’t the answer.
What are your thoughts?