Jews of Color, Indigenous, Sephardi & Mizrahi (JOCISM) Resources

 

The following is a list of resources for and about Jews of Color and Indigenous, Sephardi & Mizrahi Jews, compiled for the Boston Workers Circle community. It includes organizations, networks, and collective efforts designed by and for JOCISM, as well as resources that can be helpful for white Jews seeking to educate themselves about JOCISM communities. 

 

The list is not intended to be comprehensive; if you know of a great resource that’s not on this list, let us know! Please email Madeleine at mjackman@circleboston.org.

 

 

JOCISM RESOURCES
 

Ammud: Jews of Color Torah Academy: https://www.ammud.org/

Ammud provides Jewish education for Jews of Color (JOCs) by Jews of Color. We exist to empower Jewish people of color who oftentimes find themselves alienated or sidelined by racism in majority-white Jewish institutions. Ammud allows Jewish people of color to access the Jewish education needed to be empowered members and leaders of the broader Jewish community, creating space to celebrate marginalized customs and traditions, uncover lost histories, and (re)build culture. Our classes are accessible anywhere by way of online participation. 

 

Be’Chol Lashon: https://globaljews.org/

Be’Chol Lashon (Hebrew for “in every language”) strengthens Jewish identity by raising awareness about the ethnic, racial and cultural diversity of Jewish identity and experience. Be’Chol Lashon brings the historic Jewish commitment to civil rights and racial justice forward into the 21st century. Embracing the historical diversity of the Jewish people and, more importantly, the growing diversity of the community today is the most important step toward securing relevancy in an exciting American future.

 

Beyond the Count: Perspectives and Lived Experiences of Jews of Color: https://jewsofcolorinitiative.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/BEYONDTHECOUNT.FINAL_.8.12.21.pdf

This study presents an intersectional account of American Jewish life by exploring the ways in which the ethnic, racial, and cultural identities of Jews of Color (JoC) influence and infuse their Jewish experiences. Beyond the Count was commissioned

to inform the work of the Jews of Color Initiative(JoCI), a national effort focused on  building and advancing the professional, organizational, and communal field for JoC. 

 

Jews in ALL Hues: https://www.jewsinallhues.org/home

Jews in ALL Hues (JIAH) is an education and advocacy organization that supports Jews of Color and multi-heritage Jews. Our goal is to build a future for the Jewish people where intersectional diversity and dignity are normative. Jews in ALL Hues is committed to seeing each community organization grow as diverse and as equitable as possible.

 

Jews for Racial & Economic Justice JOC Caucus: https://www.jfrej.org/community/joc

The Jews of Color Caucus within JFREJ is a politically and culturally engaged affinity space for progressive Jews of Color as we contribute to JFREJ's many campaigns, and influence the overall political organizing strategy of JFREJ. The caucus hosts cultural events (for ourselves and also for the broader JFREJ community), and builds shared political purpose about the needs of our community, taking collective action to achieve those goals. Note that JFREJ is based in New York City.

 

Jews for Racial & Economic Justice Mizrahi Caucus: https://www.jfrej.org/community/mizrahi-caucus

The JFREJ Mizrahi & Sephardi Caucus is a space for Jews who trace our ancestry from the Middle East, Asia and the Balkans, to learn about our histories and culture, build community, and get connected to JFREJ’s organizing work. Note that JFREJ is based in New York City.

 

Jewish Multiracial Network: https://www.jewishmultiracialnetwork.org/ 

The Jewish Multiracial Network brings together Jews of Color and Jewish multiracial families and individuals to learn about and celebrate their Judaism. The website includes a plethora of resources for individuals, communities, and families of all ages. 

 

Jews of Color Initiative: https://jewsofcolorinitiative.org/resources/

The Jews of Color Initiative is a national effort focused on building and advancing the professional, organizational and communal field for Jews of Color. The Initiative focuses on grantmaking, research and field building, and community education. We host the nation’s first-ever philanthropic and capacity building fund expressly dedicated to supporting Jews of Color.

 

Jews of Color of Greater Boston (JOCGB): https://www.jewishboston.com/organization/jews-of-color-of-greater-boston-jocgb/

JOCGB is dedicated to providing a safe and welcoming space for Jews of color of all ages, and their families, to gather in community and celebration. They host regular events, some centered around holidays, others simply as social gatherings, as well as cultivating bonds between Jews of color outside of formal programs. JOCGB is affiliated with the Jewish Multiracial Network.

 

Jews of Color Mishpacha Project: https://www.jocmishpacha.org/

The JOC Mishpacha Project brings individuals, communities, organizations, and Jewish institutions together to this gathering place for Jewish People of Color and our families/allies/accomplices. We also welcome our POC family members to join in the homecoming! Mishpacha means family. We offer workshops, advocacy, outreach, and gathering spaces for Jewish People of Color and their families/allies/accomplices.

 

 

Jews Talk Racial Justice Podcast: https://joyousjustice.com/podcast

Each week, colleagues and friends April Baskin and Tracie Guy-Decker discuss and unpack race and racism from our Jewish perspectives. You'll find April and Tracie have a lot in common and some important differences: April is a multiracial, Ashkenazi Jewish woman of color and Tracie is a white, Ashkenazi Jewish woman. Join us on this journey as we move together toward racial justice.

 

Jewtina y Co: https://jewtina.org/

Celebrating, exploring and raising awareness of the diverse Latin-Jewish community and experience via community workshops, cohort experiences and live connection points. Jewtina y Co. is a Jewish and Latin organization on a mission to nurture Latin-Jewish community, leadership and resiliency, and celebrate Latin-Jewish heritage and multiculturalism.

 

Kavod Boston JOCISM Caucus: https://www.kavodboston.org/jocism

As a part of a broader community committed to social justice organizing and Jewish spiritual practice, we have created a space for Jews of Color, Indigenous Jews, Sephardim and Mizrahim to heal, reclaim, celebrate, learn, grow and build power together.

 

Keshet and Jewish Multiracial Network compilation of resources for queer JOCISM: https://www.keshetonline.org/resources/queer-jews-of-color-resource-list/

Keshet and the Jewish Multiracial Network have teamed up to create a comprehensive list of blogs, social media accounts, articles, and multimedia dedicated to sharing the ideas and experiences of QJoC. Please note that this resource is a few years old, and some of the links no longer work. Keshet is working to update this soon.

 

Ko’Ach Fellowship: https://joyousjustice.com/koach-fellowship

The Ko'ach Fellowship—a program of Joyous Justice’s nonprofit arm, The Joyous Justice Collective—is an elite 8-month transformational leadership program for highly-accomplished Jewish leaders of Color who are eager to further sharpen and amplify their vision, well-being, and leadership. In Hebrew, Ko’ach means “strength” and "power." The Ko’ach Fellowship is an intersectional and liberation focused leadership development program, providing group coaching by and for accomplished Jewish leaders of Color.


Mitsui Collective
: https://mitsuicollective.org/

Mitsui Collective is a new organization working at the intersection of Jewish wellness, spirituality, nature connection, and community building. We seek to activate models for contemporary Jewish practice centering multi-racial & multi-generational community and embodying Jewish values, ethics, and spirituality all seven days of the week. Mitsui Collective is open to all spiritual seekers while centering our work and community-building around those historically placed at the margins of Jewish life — including but not limited to Jews of Color and non-Ashkenormative Jews, LGBTQ, interfaith / intergroup families, and those of varied socioeconomic status. We view diversity and representation as a vital building block for vibrant, resilient community.

Mizrahi Collective: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vSAOJ0GQq-pZz731hboCwZdQ8oHW0vkp_Z4Vy7jdI3hCWZcnZRl4zjomMmwk-QsQZwitXdqFNfRD6qO/pub?urp=gmail_link&gxids=7628

The Mizrahi Collective is an emerging project grounded in the incredible work of Mizrahi Jews who have invested their labor and wisdom in creating spaces within progressive Jewish institutions to serve the goals of Mizrahi communal healing, learning, and organizing.