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Amplifying Voices: Jews of Color and Jewish Community Diversity

Date: November 18, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Contact: Katie Glazier

Amplifying Voices is a six-part virtual series designed to help us explore the intersectional relationship between Black and Jewish identity and community. Offered in partnership with the Tucson JCC, the program is designed to create space for Jews of Color to share their experiences as both Jews and Black people and is available to anyone who would like to learn from an incredible panel of Black Jewish leaders and allies.

Join us for session 3: Jews of Color and Jewish Community Diversity
With Ilana Kaufman, Executive Director of the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative

There are an estimated 7.2 million Jews in the United States, and something like 1,000,000 identify as non-white People of Color. However, when we look at almost every Jewish organization and our communal imagery we see few if any Jews of Color. Framed by the notion that US Jews are part of a multiracial Jewish community, together we will explore the intersection of Jewish community/Identity/racial justice and equity.


Each session of Amplifying Voices is offered at no cost to members of the J community, but registration is required. Zoom links will be emailed 24 hours in advance of each event.

Ilana Kaufman is the Executive Director of the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative. The Initiative hosts the nation’s first and only philanthropic fund dedicated to Jews of Color. The Initiative’s work focuses on grant-making, research and field building, and community education.Before joining the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative, Ilana was the Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Director, East Bay for the San Francisco, Bay Area Jewish Community Relations Council. Ilana also served as a Program Officer at the San Francisco Jewish Federation and Endowment Fund.

Ilana's work has been featured in the books Black Power Jewish Politics, and Moral Resistance and Spiritual Authority. She has been featured in the Jewish Times of America and has published articles in the Forward, eJewish Philanthropy and The Foundation Review. Ilana is also a nationally regarded thought leader on the importance of grappling at the intersection of Jewish communities, Jewish identity, and racial justice, and has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered and Code Switch, and in the series “ELI Talks: Inspired Jewish Ideas.” Her talk titled Who Counts, Race and the Jewish Future has received almost 22,000 views.

Ilana, on the Forward’s 2019 list of 50 inspiring American Jews is a Senior Schusterman Fellow who is passionate about all things at the intersection of Jewish Community/Racial Justice/Jews of Color/Education/Philanthropy. Ilana received her B.A. in Sociology from California State University-Humboldt, and her M.A. in Educational Pedagogy from Mills College.

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