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Who are the overlooked Jews?

A significant segment of our community are Jews who we don’t stereotypically think of as being Jewish

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Rivka Campbell the Executive Director for Beit Rayim Synagogue and School in Toronto

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We are a scattered people. Scattered throughout the world – the four corners of the Earth. Yet why is most of the Jewish narrative based on the Eastern European culture? Why is Yiddish a focus, and not Ladino? When we speak of Jewish foods, we refer to bagels and lox. What about injera and Moroccan fish made in a tagine? There is a wealth of diversity within the Jewish community. We don’t eat the same foods, have the same traditions or have the same cultural history.

 

A significant segment of our community are Jews who we don’t stereotypically think of as being Jewish. Jews who often hear “You don’t look Jewish” or “How are you Jewish?”

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Jews of Colour (JOC) is a pan-ethnic term that is used to identify Jews whose family origins are originally in African, Asian or Latin American countries. Jews of Colour may identify as Black, Latino, Asian or of mixed heritage, such as biracial or multi-racial. Mizrahi and Sephardi Jews from North African and Arab lands vary in whether they self-identify as “Jews of Colour.”

Let’s explore our rich diversity. We have many stories to share – “the good, the bad and the ugly.” It is time that we widen our view of who we are, and how we live together as a mishpacha.

 

Come back to this column on TheJ.ca to discover more about this oft-ignored topic.

Rivka Campbell, a Jew of Jamaican descent born and raised in Toronto, seeks to build community among Jews of Colour in Canada, while opening dialogue among the mainstream Jewish community about the experience of Jews of Colour. She is the co-founder of the group Jews of Colour – Canada, and the sole Canadian recipient of the URJ’s JewV’Nation Fellowship. Rivka is a recognized speaker on Jewish diversity, and is filming a documentary on Jewish diversity. 
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We do news differently!

Our positioning as a Zionist News Media platform sets us apart from the rest. While other Canadian Jewish media are advocating increasingly biased progressive political and social agendas, TheJ.Ca is providing more and more readers with a welcome alternative and an ideological home.

We revealed the incursion of anti-Israel progressive elements such as IfNotNow into our communities. We have exposed the distorted hateful agenda of the “progressive” left political radicals who brought Linda Sarsour to our cities, and we were first to report on many disturbing incidents of Nazi-based hate towards Jews across Canada.

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Our ability to thrive and grow in 2020 and beyond depends on the generosity of committed readers and supporters like you.

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