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Hundreds of American Jews of colour to share experiences

Researchers and academics seek 'to understand the lived experiences and perspectives of Jews of colour in the US'

People at a Black Lives Matter protest rally outside the US Embassy in Dublin following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, US. Gardai are investigating the protest in Dublin over alleged lockdown breaches.
People at a Black Lives Matter protest rally outside the US Embassy in Dublin following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, US. Gardai are investigating the protest in Dublin over alleged lockdown breaches.

Hundreds of American Jews of colour are to share their experiences of racism and identity challenges in a major initiative straddling academia and Silicon Valley.

Researchers from the University of Southern California and Stanford will work with professionals from Microsoft on the Jews of Color study “to understand the lived experiences and perspectives of Jews of color in the US”.

Project lead Ilana Kaufman said she wanted 1,000 voices, adding: “If we want to create Jewish communities and leaders that reflect and represent all Jews, we must get this right.”

The study will stretch from February to July and the results will be shared broadly “to formulate change within Jewish communities”.

Kaufman added that American Jewry had often “associated Jewishness solely with the white Ashkenazi experience… 

“This mindset heavily influenced how organisations are structured and run, who they view as their audiences, what programmes are offered, and how people are welcomed – or not.”

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