Jewish Community Relations Councilof San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties

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Members of Whose Tribe?

Members of Whose Tribe?

Are Jews a member of a religious group? Are Jews a race, an ethnicity? Are Jews white people? And if Jews are white people, what's up with all this white-supremacist hate towards them? This edition of National Public Radio podcast “Code Switch” examines these questions and more. (2018)

Code Switch: Members of Whose Tribe?
A Community of ‘Others’: Jews, Peoplehood and Justice

A Community of ‘Others’: Jews, Peoplehood and Justice

Although only 2.2% of the population of the United States, the Jewish community is intensely diverse. This candid presentation covers race, gender, religion and beyond. Delivered as a keynote speech at the University of San Francisco’s annual Sukkot program. (2017)

A Community of Others
The American Jewish Community Faces a Pressing Challenge

The American Jewish Community Faces a Pressing Challenge

25% of Jews are Millennials, and of those 15.7% identify as nonwhite—compared to 8% of Baby Boomers (source: Steinhardt Social Research Institute at Brandeis University). This interview by Keshet discusses ways the organized American Jewish community can demonstrate a full commitment to embracing LGBTQ and other diverse Jews. Published on the My Jewish Learning-Keshet blog. (2017)

Challenge for American Jews
How to Create Change Around Race and Jewish Identity Within Your Jewish Community

How to Create Change Around Race and Jewish Identity Within Your Jewish Community

This presentation delves into the ways to approach the sensitive topic of race, ethnicity and identity in the Jewish community and learn to create acceptance and change. As presented to Limmud UK. (2016)

“Promoting Inclusivity” PowerPoint presentation
Waking up and Showing up for Our Jewish Youth of Color—Because Our Community Is at Stake

Waking up and Showing up for Our Jewish Youth of Color—Because Our Community Is at Stake

Future generations of Jews will be increasingly diverse and embrace diverse identities. Interview in e-Jewish Philanthropy. (2016)

Waking up and showing up for our Jewish youth of color
What It’s like to Be a Black, Gay Professional Jew

What It’s like to Be a Black, Gay Professional Jew

Even though as many as 20% of American Jews are people of color, in the LGBTQ community there is uncertainty about what it means to be black, Jewish and gay. Op-Ed published in Forward (2015)

To be a black, gay, professional Jew
American Jews and White Privilege

American Jews and White Privilege

This panel discussion at Temple Emanu-El focused on how the Jewish community is becoming increasingly diverse and many of those Jews are feeling shut out from mainstream Judaism. In 2010, White Americans held more than 88% of the country’s wealth, though they made up 64% of the population; Black Americans held 2.7% of the country’s wealth, though they made up 13% of the population. (2017)

Ilana’s excerpts selection 1 and selection 2 (MP3 files)

Full panel: American Jews and white privilege
Who Counts: Racism in the Jewish Community—the Uncomfortable Truth

Who Counts: Racism in the Jewish Community—the Uncomfortable Truth

25% of Jews are Millennials, and of those 25%, 15.7% identify as nonwhite—compared to 8% of Baby Boomers (Source: Steinhardt Social Research Institute at Brandeis University). Yet institutional racism and micro-aggression turn away and alienate Jews of color. This Eli Talks presentation urges implementation of a comprehensive strategic plan to build a more inclusive community. (2015)

ELI Talks: Who counts in the Jewish community?
How to Use White Privilege to Further Racial Justice

How to Use White Privilege to Further Racial Justice

Ashkenazi Jews often fear that if they give up their white privilege they will lose their identity and the advantages that come from being white. This “Eli on Air” conversation with Miriam Brosseau, Eli Talks program director, covers how to use your white privilege, and its accompanying responsibility, to help further racial justice. (2015)

American Jews must confront their white privilege
Growing up Jewish and Black in San Francisco

Growing up Jewish and Black in San Francisco

At San Francisco’s first Jewish heritage month celebration in SF City Hall, Ilana talks about her pride and joy in growing up Jewish and black in San Francisco. SF is perhaps the most culturally diverse and tolerant city in America, as fully 25% of Bay Area Jewish households in 2017 included a respondent or spouse who identified as nonwhite and, for those age 18 to 34, that percentage was 38%. (2015)

San Francisco Jewish American Heritage Month speech