Through my work in the field of “Jewish diversity” I use the traditionally Jewish form of asking questions and facilitating introspection to explore the changing face and changing times of our community–especially the evolution of “otherness” around color.
After a painful summer of feeling marginalized and invisible I called my mother to declare that I no longer wanted to be a Jew. I did not look Jewish, I did not carry a Jewish name, and I no longer wanted the heavy burden of having to explain and prove myself every time I entered a new Jewish community. She simply respnoded by saying, “Is that possible?”
Lisa Freund Rosenblatt and Deborah Hirsch Mayer
The cost of Jewish living may make moderate and low income households feel that Judaism is neither affordable nor welcoming to families.
If this body of literature has an impact, Jews will become more adept at using the language of Jewish wisdom to discern matters of the heart.
I am a single mother by choice, a Jewish woman who in her late thirties decided that motherhood was a necessity, with or without a partner… When I chose to start my family, it felt like just another step on the ladder of life cycle events that are ritualized in our tradition.
Barbara Diamond Goldin
Why doesn’t a Jewish organization sponsor a contest for Jewish children’s stories that reflect contemporary Jewish life?