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. We are working to update this soon.

March 15, 2016

Image is of a wide pale blue rectangle, with a dark blue band at the top and a light cream band at the bottom. There are two white bordered rectangular photographs on the blue background. They are off-center and overlap slightly. One photo is a rainbow Pride flag flying against a blue sky with clouds. The other image features a dark-skinned person in synagogue. They are standing, wearing tallit and a kippah, and holding a book. There is another person in the seats behind them, who has lighter skin, who is also wearing a kippah and tallit.

If you identify as a queer Jew of color, you may have noticed the scarcity of cultural representations of your experiences. While there are online resources for LGBTQ Jews, LGBTQ people of color and Jews of color, few are devoted to the unique experiences of LGBTQ Jews of color.

Keshet and the Jewish Multiracial Network have teamed up to create a  list of blogs, social media accounts, articles and multimedia dedicated to sharing the ideas and experiences of QJoC. Below is what we have compiled so far, and we’re counting on you to help fill in the gaps in our knowledge. If you know of any resources that are not included on this list, email us and let us know! We’d love to learn about your favorite blogs or writers, and share their ideas with the Jewish Multiracial Network and Keshet communities.

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Image features three photographs with white borders. Behind the photographs is a wide blue background bar. The first photograph features an olive-skinned person with curly hair who is wearing sunglasses and holding a rainbow flag with a white Magen David. The second photo features four people of different ages, with different skintones. They are standing close together and smiling. The third photo is a femme-appearing person with dark skin, curly hair, and glasses. They are wearing a grey shirt, and smiling broadly.

A Selection of Blogs

Here are just a few blogs written by queer Jews of color

Afroculinaria is a food blog authored by food writer, culinary historian, historical interpreter and independent scholar Michael W. Twitty, who prepares, preserves and promotes African-American foodways. He explores ideas of “identity cooking,” and allows people to meld the histories, tastes, flavors and diasporic wisdom of black and Jewish identities.

Black, Gay and Jewish is Erika Davis’ blog, exploring questions of identity and her personal experiences as a black, gay and Jewish woman living in the United States. The blog acts as a space for connection and sharing, as well as a platform for advocacy for women, people of color, Jews of color, Jews by Choice and the LGBTQ community, Jewish and non- Jewish.

The Rabb-IT is the personal blog of Sandra Lawson, a rabbinical student at Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and a queer Jew of color. The blog focuses on Lawson’s multifaceted identity and wide range of interests (sociology, personal training and food activism, to name a few), as well as her desire to make the world a better place for all.

A Selection of Articles by and About QJoC

Gay, Asian, Jewish and in Charge

Robert Bernardo, president of the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance, discusses his path to Judaism. When he learned about Judaism, he said, “It just resonated with me. There was something about the religion that made perfect sense.”
Weekly, July 29, 2005.

 

A Gay Asian Jew Discusses His Music

Not just anyone can go around saying that he is a proud gay Jewish Japanese musician. But singer and songwriter Danny Katz is not just anyone. Jewish Multiracial Network, Aug. 13, 2010.

 

Black, Gay and Jewish: Passover Lamb and Sweeping Statements

“We are all Jewish, and how we Jew is just as Jewish as how you Jew — even if it’s different,” writes Erika Davis. Jewcy, April 15, 2011

 

What It’s Like to Be a Gay Black Professional Jew

Ilana Kaufman wears many hats; she’s a mother, a Jewish professional, a lesbian and a black woman. Here, Kaufman, public affairs and civic engagement director at the JCRC of San Francisco Bay Area, discusses the experiences and challenges of playing so many roles. Forward, Aug. 11, 2014.

 

Coming Out and Inviting In

Kathryn Macías reflects on her process of coming out as a Jew by Choice. My Jewish Learning, Oct. 6, 2014.

 

Michael Twitty, Black Jewish Foodie, Talks ‘Culinary Justice

Michael Twitty merges black and Jewish culture through shared culinary roots. Forward, Dec. 20, 2014.

 

He Is Black, Gay and Jewish — and He Sings in Yiddish

There is no one else in the entire world quite like Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell. Russell is black, openly gay, Jewish and a professional singer of both European opera and Yiddish music. Chestnut Hill Local, June 19, 2015.

 

Ashkenormativity Is Twice as Common — and Harmful — in LGBTQ Jewish Spaces

Jay M. Stanton discusses Ashkenormativity as it reinforces the idea that there is an authentic cultural and religious expression LGBTQ Jews (and all Jews) must adhere to it creates shame in those who cannot or do not fit the norm. Forward, Aug. 24, 2015.

 

Jewish Diversity Archive

A large online archive of material about Jewish diversity, maintained and hosted by Be’chol Lashon.

 

Multimedia: Video and Audio Resources

Who Counts? Race and the Jewish Future

ELI talks are 12-minute presentations on “inspired Jewish ideas.”

Here, Ilana Kaufman, public affairs and civic engagement director for the Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, asks “who counts?” as she issues a challenge to the Jewish community on race.

 

All Things Gay

Erika Davis is interviewed on “All Things Gay,” a program on Portsmouth Community Radio.

 

Off and Running

“Off and Running” tells the story of Avery, an African-American teenage track star from Brooklyn with a bright future. The adopted child of white Jewish lesbians, Avery has two adopted brothers (one mixed-race and one Korean), and grows increasingly curious about her roots. Her choice to contact her birth mother propels Avery into a complicated exploration of race, identity and family, creating distance between her and the parents she’s always known.

LGBTQ Jews of Color to Know

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