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Attempting to pin down the essence of the Sephardic spirit is akin to trying to nail Jell-O to a wall. Is it a religious outlook? A political viewpoint? An embracing of cultural traditions and mores? An overarching worldview? Or some version of all of the above?

The answer, of course, is, It depends on whom you speak with, because, as the age-old tradition goes: Speak to two Jews and youll get three opinions. However, everyone interviewed for this article agreed that there is a definite uptick in Jews from all backgrounds wanting to learn more about Sephardic traditions that go beyond the basic, Dont Sephardim eat rice on Passover?

The Classical Sephardic WorldviewLos Angeles Rabbi Daniel Bouskila is director of the Sephardic Educational Center (SEC), which reaches out to young Jews and focuses on a Jewish way of life inspired by the teachings of Maimonides, known as the Classical Sephardic Worldview. With headquarters in Jerusalem and centers around the world, the SEC is focused on building a new generation of spiritual and community leaders that can be modern, progressive and inclusive, but still follow halachah (Jewish law).

For Bouskila and other Sephardic religious leaders, this is the Sephardic spirit, a philosophy that embraces all Jews. Im 53, Bouskila told the Journal, and when I was growing up, Sephardic Judaism was at best a cultural footnote. It was, Heres what Sephardim eat, and heres a museum exhibit on their colorful dress or a henna celebration, but there was no discussion of Sephardic ideology, philosophy or halachic rulings.

Bouskila went to Jewish day schools, and Yeshiva University and learned nothing of Sephardic traditions. It just didnt exist anywhere, he says. It wasnt part of the historical narratives of teaching Jewish history.

Today, though, he says, there are programs, events and panels all over the world that focus on Sephardic texts and Sephardic rabbis and their teachings.

Is the Sephardic spirit a religious outlook? A political viewpoint? An embracing of cultural traditions and mores An overarching worldview? Or some version of all of the above?

Next week (March 15-17), the SEC is co-sponsoring Seattle-born and New York-based Rabbi Marc D. Angel as the scholar in residence at the Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel on Wilshire Boulevard. Angel will speak on, among other things, the Classical Sephardic Worldview. And on March 18, Angel and Bouskila will co-sponsor an educators conference together with de Toledo High School Rabbi Devin Villarreal for teachers in Los Angeles Jewish day schools on how to incorporate Sephardic history, halachah and customs into the Jewish day school system.

I do think theres a growing awareness among Sephardim to reclaim their own roots to get back to the strength of their cultural traditions, Angel told the Journal in a telephone interview from New York. And there is also a growing interest among non-Sephardim. Its not just about the food and music anymore. [Sephardim] also have strong intellectual traditions in Jewish law and philosophy that are all part of the equation.

Part of that equation is a Sephardic tradition that doesnt follow the Ashkenazi mold of Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist and other streams of Judaism.

[Sephardim] have basically had a philosophy that I call intellectually vibrant, compassionate and inclusive, Angel says. Trying to synthesize the general principles that bring it all together, Id say its 1. Joy in life; 2. A very optimistic religious worldview; 3. A strong sense of solidarity with the Jewish people as a whole; and 4. A sense of personal self worth or interiority.

Growing up in a Sephardic community in Seattle among Turkish Jews and Jews from the Island of Rhodes, Angel says, I didnt know there was such a thing as Jewish guilt until I moved to New York. In Seattle, life was happy, religion was joyous and everyone was family-oriented.

This, Angel says, stems from Sephardic Jews coming mainly from Muslim countries, where they lived in sunny climates and had sunny views of life. Things like Jewish humor and Jewish guilt dont apply to us. Ashkenazim came from cold places like Poland and Russia, and living in a Christian world was very different to living in a Muslim world.

Bouskila says even the definition of Sephardim needs to be clarified. I dont ever use the term Mizrachi (Easterners) he says. Theres absolutely no precedent for the term in Jewish history, Sephardic history, in halachah or in the prayer book.Rather, he says, it was a term born with Ashkenazi Zionism. He notes that when the Iraqi-born Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Israels Chief Sephardic Rabbi from 1973 to 1983 spoke of the halachah of Sephardim, he meant the whole umbrella of Sephardim, not just those who descended from Spain.

Solutions to Political and Religious ProblemsLos Angeles immigration attorney Neil Sheff is also the international president for the SEC, and has been involved with the organization since its inception in 1980.

He believes its Sephardim who could be at the forefront of solving some of both Israels and the Diasporas most pressing problems.

Sephardim often have a really keen experience in terms of how they lived with, related to, dealt with and coexisted with Muslim populations, but unfortunately, Israeli society and government has never looked to the Sephardic community for insight into that. A lot of people say if there were Sephardic Jews in charge of either the government or the peace process, we would probably have found a way to get together with our neighbors a long time ago.

Sheff, along with Bouskila and Angel say the classical Sephardic approach to problems also could heal the terrible rifts when it comes to issues ranging from stringent views on kashrut, the role of women, fertility issues and the Who is a Jew debate and concerns over conversion.

If the traditional, classical Sephardic approach to Who is a Jew and conversion would be followed, we would have much more happiness in the Jewish world and we wouldnt have these constant fights among different denominations, Sheff says. Unfortunately, especially the more right you go in Orthodoxy, each tries to outdo the other one so they add on requirements that have no basis in law. The Sephardic approach is moderate. It just requires you to show your allegiance and do a few things, but doesnt require you to become an ultra-Orthodox Jew in order to be counted as a Jew.

If the traditional classical Sephardic approach to Who is a Jew and conversion would be followed, we would have much more happiness in the Jewish world and we wouldnt have these constant fights among different denominations. Neil Sheff

However, Angel says he believes Sephardim in Israel are moving toward more Ashkenazic/Charedi models. Regrettably, in Israel and the Diaspora, this [Classical Sephardic Worldview] tradition is breaking down, so Sephardim, even if theyre not formally identifying with Orthodoxy, Conservatism or Reform, they are being drawn to into these types of orbits a more extremist model, Angel says.

This is where organizations like the SEC can come into play, Sheff says. He agrees with Angel, saying there is greater polarization in both Ashkenazic and Sephardic communities, with a shift in more extremism mostly to the right of the spectrum. Theyre basically trying to keep up with the Joneses on how black they can be in their dress and outlook and thought processes.

Its precisely because of this sharp veer to the right that Sheff feels more people are seeking to learn the moderate Sephardic approach to halachah. Thats why were encouraging educators to come and learn [with us at SEC], he says.

Embracing the Cultural TraditionsAnd although Sephardic rabbis and teachers want the larger Jewish world to embrace this classical worldview, there always will be a fascination with Sephardic customs and traditions that can in fact create further inroads into Sephardic Jewish life.

At Temple Emmanuel in Beverly Hills, Rabbi Sarah Bassin decided three years ago to hold an annual Mimouna celebration (the Sephardic tradition of a feast held the day after the end of Passover), for young Jewish professionals.

We had a really diverse young professionals board and we strategically decided we wanted to highlight different subsets of Jewish culture, Bassin told the Journal. It started with a Cuban-Jewish event, then an Indian-Jewish event and that led to the Mimouna event.

On a philosophical level, I think the American-Jewish context is one where we do have all these different fusion touch points of subsets of Jewish culture, she says. Thats what America does. It takes from all these minority cultures and then they get folded in and adapted and morphed into their own Americanized version.

That, Bassin says, is part of what she hoped to cultivate and facilitate helping Ashkenazi Jews embrace the [Mimouna] experience and see that this is now something that can be part of their [overall] Jewish experience.

Embracing Sephardic culture on the academic level is also happening at UCLAdino an organization formed eight years ago to spread knowledge of Ladino the Judeo-Spanish language to students on campus and nationwide.

UCLAdino Director Max Daniel is a graduate student in Jewish Studies in the Maurice Amado Program in Sephardic Studies. Theres a large academic interest worldwide in studying Ladino, Daniel says. In addition, he says, its part of my heritage and connects me to our culture as Sephardic Jews. Daniels father was a native Ladino speaker who was born before World War II in Salonika, Greece.

At 25, Daniel is less than half Bouskilas age, but he too says he grew up with a Jewish Day school education (in Chicago) but with zero focus on Sephardic culture, philosophy or tradition. It was all Ashkenazi culture and the languages we focused on were Hebrew or Yiddish. What brings me to [the Ladino] group is that sense of reclaiming and almost relearning our heritage.

There is also a growing interest among non-Sephardim. Its not just about the food and music anymore. [Sephardim] also have strong intellectual traditions in Jewish law and philosophy that are all part of the equation. Rabbi Marc D. Angel

Daniel says it struck him that hes the first generation in his family to not grow up speaking Ladino. My ancestry and heritage is important to me and [studying Ladino] is a concrete thing I can do. It exposes me to the texts and the culture and a lot of the mediums and the emotions of the language.

Daniel believes theres a definite interest in the Ladino language and Sephardic heritage or spirit that he says could be attributed to a renewed effort by Spain and Portugal to connect with Sephardic Jews. On the academic side, they realize theyve neglected these histories and communities for some time, Daniel says.

He also believes that Jews from Sephardic communities living in the United States are now more comfortable speaking about their differences, whereas before I think they wanted to find commonalities with Ashkenazi Jews who settled here.

At Valley Beth Shalom, Rabbi Ed Feinstein says, Its our job to create as many celebrations of as many different Jewish expressions as possible. Feinstein began introducing a Sephardic High Holy Day service 10 years ago for Persian congregants, and recently implemented a monthly Sephardic Shabbat service called Tmarim.

Tmarim is run by Asher Levy, who grew up in the Valley Beth Shalom community and who studied ethnomusicology at UCLA. His family hails from Syria and his father is a rabbi. We really wanted to see what would it sound like to do an entire Sephardic service and its become a beautiful part of our repertoire, Feinstein says.

Much like Angels reference to the Sephardic joyful spirit, Feinstein says its wonderful to discover the colorful aesthetic of Sephardic Jewry. They eat bright, colorful, spicy food. Ashkenazim eat gray gefilte fish. Sephardic Jewry is a colorful corrective to the restrained aesthetic of Ashkenazic Jewry.

Feinstein believes embracing Sephardic traditions is part of American Jewrys struggle to create a new aesthetic. When we came to this country at the beginning of the 20th century, we brought all the models and the forms of Jewish life from [our] European communities, but those have now played themselves out. And were now comfortable enough in our Jewishness and ready for something brand new.

For more information on Rabbi Marc D. Angels sessions at Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel from March 15-17, please contact http://www.SephardicTemple.org or call (310) 475-7000.

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An entry in an address book: Goldstein, Erich, Oppeln, Plakatmaler, 153 Lisoyang.

That was the one fragmentary detail about my husband Brians family that we discovered during a pleasurable Sunday afternoon with Sonja Mhlberger. Sonja and Brians mother Maude were both born in Shanghai just a few months apart in 1939. Both girls were in utero during the passage to Shanghai, born into families who took refuge from the Nazis in one of the last available havens for German Jews. After looking through many photos to see if Brian could recognize a young Maude Goldstein (he couldnt), Sonja showed us her copy of the 1939 address book where we found a listing for his Papa Erich.

Maude died when Brian was young so he never had a chance to learn much about her early childhood in Hongkou, Shanghais designated area for Jews. Sometimes referred to as the Shanghai Ghetto, it was a ghetto without walls, inhabited by Jews, Chinese, Russians, and a broad assortment of misfits and adventurers. Sonja told of a relatively happy childhood within this two and a half square kilometer area far from the land her parents missed and would return to after the war. Her recollections gave Brian some reassurance about his mothers childhood and insight into what it must have been like.

Thanks to Sonja for sharing her stories with us, for opening a window into the life led by the mother-in-law I never met. We enjoyed visiting Sonja at her home in Friedrichshagen, the southeastern community of Berlin where she has lived since 1961. Her deep roots in the region were evident from the many people who greeted her when we strolled down to the Mggelsee after our Kaffee and Apfelkuchen.

If youd like to learn more about Sonja, her story of survival in Shanghai is featured in the same Deutsche Welle German Jewish Cultural Heritage Series that our family participated in.

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in 1923 in the state of Massachusetts. He now goes by the name, Sumner Redstone.

Murray Rothstein owns Viacom, a Media Corporation with subsidiaries such as, MTV, the Homosexual TV show, LOGO, and Paramount Pictures.

When Murray Rothstein puts on a video at his MTV subsidiary with blacks rapping such lyrics as: Hey yo, I smoke dust and shoot cops, sell drugs on new lots, we dust brothers f**k mothers.

I dont think that Sumner Redstone, that is Murray Rothstien, really grooves into it. Its for the Goys you know, and hes making a killing on the dumb Goys who have been conditioned by MTV and all of the Jewish-controlled media to despise anything that remotely resembles Christian morality.

As for Murrays homosexual show, LOGO, dont think for a minute that if his son brought a boyfriend-lover home for dinner that Murray would be too delighted. Jews you see have an obsession that their children should marry and bear grandsons, thus conferring immortality on their Jewish progenitors. A homosexual son is not only a disgrace to a Jew, but tantamount to wiping him out of existence.

But The Show Must Go On, as the saying goes. And thus the Jewish-controlled media and their legal arm, the Jewish-run and funded, American Civil Liberties Union, (ACLU), are engaged in a relentless effort to promote public displays of perversion and decadence.

One such decadent public display is the Folsom Gay Street Fair held in Folsom County CA every year and recently on September 30 2007. The perverse public displays would outrage even the most flaming liberal.See: Folsom Gay FairAND: Folsom Outrage

WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS IS NOW OWNED by the Jew, Michael Eisner. Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck have been pre-empted by Eisners Jewish Agenda of promoting a multicultural America. Multiculturism is nothing less than the Jewish sabotage of a homogenous Christian culture.

Examples of Eisners promotion of multiculturism are two films that launched his career in shaping an Anti-Christian culture: The Jungle Book and Pocahontas. In both films, Eisner portrays White males as contemptible, racist, cowardly, and inept. The White heroine in The Jungle Book rejects her British-officer suitor and lets herself be wooed and won by a Jungle-boy.

In Pocahontas, Eisner has Captain John Smith discarding Christianity in favor of American Indian animism through his union with Pocahontas. This Indian princess was named by those who knew her best: little wanton, (pocahontas).

What Eisner is not telling us is that Captain John Smith never married Pocahontas as she was already married with a 3 year old son. It was John Rolfe who had married little wanton. And the Jew Eisner would never scruple to tell his audience of children that it was Pocahontas who converted to Christianity, not vice versa.

As regards The Jungle Book, it bears no resemblance whatsoever to what was originally written by Rudyard Kipling. And what is the subliminal message that Eisner wishes to inject into the sensibilities of American children which will funnel out into American culture? That the White man with his Christianity is deficient in both moral virtues and spirituality.

But will Eisner teach his children and grandchildren to give up their Jewishness and intermarry with Hindus and Blacks? Eisner and his Jewish buddies would rather die than see their sons marry Calcutta Hinuds and Schwartzas!

JEWISHNESS IS BEING SHOVED in our faces everywhere we turn. Because the Jews wish to position themselves as victims, they have exploited the Holocaust to make Americans feel protective of the poor Jewish victim of Anti-Semitism. But has anyone brought to mind that these so called victims happen to be the wealthiest sufferers the world has ever known?

Until we are able to perceive that – America will continue to be a Holocaust Remembrance society. High School Curriculums throughout America are teeming with it. Holocaust Museums and Holocaust Study Centers are in every major U.S. city. The Jews have made sure that our collective memory will not be a Christian one that America once extolled.

Our former common Christian bond has been usurped by a Jewish agenda known as The Holocaust. Are we not sick and tired of the millionaire Jew, Elie Weisel, with his continual harping on his sufferings of the Holocaust? If any one has made a killing on the Holocaust Industry, it is the millionaire Jew, Elie Weisel.

THE JEWS HAVE SO PERMEATED our world-view and self-definition, that our culture has become a Prozac-fixated society. The Jewish Science, that is, Psychoanalysis, has so infused our consciousness, that instead of the John Waynes and the Mickey Mantles as our heroes, we now have as our prime American hero, the neurotic Jew and sex-obsessive pederast, Woody Allen.

Woody Allen, (born Allan Koningberg), typifies the man bereft of absolute truth, continually searching for meaning in a meaningless world, only to give up the search with the plunging into continual sexual gratification as the salvivic consolation. The best that Woody Allen can offer us by way of an example in real life, is his illicit sexual affair with the 16 year old adopted daughter of his second wife, Mia Farrow.

CONCLUSION

AMERICA WAS ONCE A NATION that bonded its citizens together through a common Christian memory, cause, and destiny. Christian decency has now been preempted by crass depravity through the Jewish-controlled Media and its legal arm, the Jewish-run and funded, American Civil Liberties Union. (ACLU).

Our Christian heritage has been undermined by the Jewish elite who have lobbied successfully for a multicultural (translate, all belief-systems that will crowd out Christianity, society. America, once known as a Christian nation, is now is now termed, thanks to Jewish Academia, a pluralistic nation.

But pluralism and multiculturism works to the Jews advantage: Divide And Conquer! What we have now in our nation, is not primarily a pluralistic society, but rather, a Jewish America.

WE STILL HAVE A CHANCE TO RECLAIM AMERICA out of the ruinous hands of the Jews. We can begin with makes a commitment to attend Church Services regularly and discussing with like-minded friends the issues that face us.

Then we can all call upon Christ to heal our nation, to heal our souls, to heal our apathy, and to heal our debilitated state.

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In the 1970s, a movement known as Jewish feminism started in the American Jewish community. It was a movement that originally sought to make Jewish woman superior to equal to Jewish men. One of the first major issues tackled by these feminists was the power to optimize hypergamy initiate divorces.

Perhaps these Jewish ladies were becoming jealous of the growing liberation of non-Jewish women in United States. Perhaps Jewish women, for cultural reasons, are more naturally attracted to the ideologies of feminism. Jewish writer Marjorie Ingall describes how Jewish women are receptive to feminism by quoting Jewish feminist Naomi Wolf:

We have a political history going back to the socialist and labor movements, where women were organizers and rabble-rousers.

Or perhaps many Jewish women truly were being unfairly oppressed in certain areas of life and wanted to take action.

Third-Wave feminist Naomi Wolf

A quick Wikipedia search for list of Jewish feminists brings up an admittedly incomplete list of 114 names. Most of the women listed were born in the 20th century. The Jewish Womens Archive website is a comprehensive website dedicated to key Jewish feminists, containing 1,193 profiles.

If one simply searches for list of feminists on Wikipedia, the page youre directed to contains 770 names dating all the way back to the 13th century. The most comprehensive database when searching google for list of feminists seems to be Wikipedia.

Lets be as fair as possible hereand assumethat the Wikipedia list of 770 feminists contains no Jewish feminists. So lets add the 114 Jewish feminists to this list to get a total of 884 Wikipedia worthy feminists. We then take 114 divided by 884 and multiply by 100. The percentage of Wikipedia reported feminists of Jewish descent comes to 12.9%.

However, this quick calculation doesnt take into account the Jewish Womens Archive of 1,193 noteworthy feminists of Jewish descent and assumes that none of the feminists on the Wikipedia list of 770 are Jewish (when in fact many are). Also, the list of 770 feminists dates back several hundred years, whereas the list of 114 Wikipedia Jewish feminists is mostly 20th century and beyond.

Jews make up 1.7-2.6% of the American population. As such, to have adequate proportional representation in the feminist movement, there would only have to be two or three Jews at most for every 100 American feminist leaders. This doesnt seem to be the case though, at least according to a simple internet search.

On a related note, we also need to keep in mind that disproportionate Jewish representation is also present in the US Congress 8.4%, the Supreme Court 33% or 3/9 Justices, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors confirmed 40% or 2/5 current members (Janet Yellen and Stanley Fischer are Jewish and are also the Chair and Vice-Chair of Federal Reserve Board of Governors), and higher level academia.

Ginsburg, Kagan, and Breyer are the three Jewish Supreme Court Justices

The Jewish feminism that started within the Jewish community seems to have become part of the bigger feminist movement taking place in America. Thus, the very small demographic of Jewish women in this country (roughly 1% of the population) seems to have a ridiculously large representation within the overall feminist movement.

Lets explore only a few of these very influential feminists of Jewish descent:

Judy Blume: Born 1938. Blume is an American writer with a target audience of children and young adults, with book sales over 80 million. She has written novels about racism, menstruation, divorce (Its Not the End of the World, Just As Long As Were Together), bullying, and masturbation.

Judith Butler: Born 1956. Butler is a gender theorist and a philosopher. She teaches at the University of California, Berkeley. Butler has written a book called Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity that was published in 1990. This book is considered the cream of the crop by many feminists when it comes to queer theory and postmodern poststructural feminism (whatever that means).

Andrea Dworkin: 1946-2005. Many of you guys have probably heard of Dworkin. She was a radical feminist. Dworkin, among other things, was vehemently anti-porn because she said it has links to rape. This is somewhat ironic, considering there is heavy Jewish influence in the pornography industry.

Radical feminist Andrea Dworkin

Shulamith Firestone: 1945-2012. Firestone was apparently schizophrenic (according to a commemorative piece in The New Yorker published after her death) and was also a key player in the formation of radical feminist ideals. She was the author of The Dialectic of Sex: The Case For Feminist Revolution which was published in 1970. This book has essentially been labeled as the boldest and clearest book ever written on radical feminism. Or, according to Naomi Wolf (another Jewish Feminist):

No one can understand how feminism has evolved without reading this radical, inflammatory second-wave landmark.

I certainly hope Naomi Wolf didnt know that Firestone was schizophrenic

Betty Friedan: 1921-2006. Friedan is a very big name in feminist circles. She was a leading figure of the womens movement. She was a writer, an actor, and an ardent feminist. Friedan wrote The Feminine Mystique, published in 1963, a book which many argue helped to spark second-wave American feminism. By the year 2000, the book had sold over 3 million copies.

Brenda Howard: 1946-2005. Howard was an important figure in setting the tone for the present day LGBT rights movement, especially when it came to organizing SJW rallies. She was a sex-positive feminist and a bisexual rights activist.

Manosphere readers will appreciate a quip made on July 27th, 2005 by Tom Limoncelli (a bi-sexual rights advocate):

The next time someone asks you why LGBT Pride marches exist or why Gay Pride Month is June tell them A bisexual woman named Brenda Howard thought it should be.

If Limoncelli wasnt clear enough as to just how much influence this woman had, how about this statement made by Brenda Howards partner Larry Nelson and published on June 17th, 2014 in a piece called Remembering Brenda: An Ode To the Mother of Pride:

You needed some kind of help organizing some type of protest or something in social justice? All you had to do was call her and shell just say when and where.

Erica Jong: Born 1942. Jong was a teacher and an author. She has been divorced three times but is now married again (this seems to be a common theme among these women). She wrote a sexually controversial book published in 1973 called Fear of Flying that played a big role in second-wave feminism. The book has sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

Gloria Steinem: Born 1934. Steinems mother was apparently not Jewish, but even so her name pops up on the Jewish Womens Archive website if you search for it. Steinem was the leader and spokesperson for the late 60s-early-70s feminist movement. Interestingly, Steinem admitted having ties to the Central Intelligence Agency on camera (yea, the CIA of all people), but she supposedly broke her CIA ties before she became a feminist leader. Youll have to travel further down the rabbit hole if you want more answers on this one.

Gloria Steinem throwing up that silly Illuminati pyramid thing that all the celebs do

Naomi Wolf: Born 1962. Wolf was a political advisor to Bill Clinton and Al Gore. She is an author and a journalist that has covered the topics of abortion and the Occupy Wall Street movement. Wolf has essentially become the spokeswoman of third-wave feminism (the term third-wave feminism was coined by Rebecca Walker, a woman who identifies herself as black, white and Jewish) Wolf also just had to write about how Nazi Germany came to power in her book The End of America. If you want some entertainment, check out this YouTube video where Wolf tries to explain why we need feminism but is totally destroyed on stage by anti-feminist YouTuber Karen Straughan.

Larisa Alexandrovna: Born 1971. Alexandrovna was managing editor of Investigative News at The Raw Story for about three years. She was a blogger for the Huffington Post and her own blog as well. She has reportedly had her work referenced in Rolling Stone magazine, Vanity Fair, and Newsweek.

Lisa Bloom: Born 1961. Bloom is the only child of Gloria Allred (another feminist listed below in this article). She, like her mother, is an American civil rights attorney. She was the anchor on truTVs In Session from 2001-2009. Bloom is a legal analyst for The Today Show and also contributor to NBC Nightly News and MSNBC.

Susan Estrich: Born 1952. Estrich is a political commentator for Fox News, a feminist advocate, political operative, author, professor, and a lawyer. She wrote a book published in 2005 called The Case for Hillary Clinton. (oh, great)

A fair and balanced report from Susan Estrich.

Mayim Bialik: Born 1975. Bialik is an American actress and also a neuroscientist. She played Dr. Amy Fowler on CBSs The Big Bang Theory. This is an interesting coincidence, as an article was published right here on ROK about the blue pill ills of The Big Bang Theory.

Hanne Blank: Born 1969. Blank is a historian, writer, editor and also a public speaker. Blank has written and edited erotica in the past. She believes in fat rights (fat acceptance).

Judy Chicago: Born 1939. Chicago is an artist, art educator, and does collaborative art instillation pieces of feminist art. She collaborated with her third husband (here we go again with the multiple husbands theme) to create The Holocaust Project: From Darkness into Light (1985-1993).

Eve Ensler: Born 1953. Supposedly, only Enslers father was Jewish, but she did grow up in a Jewish community and was given the Lion of Judah Award by the United Jewish Communities in 2002. Ensler is a playwright, performer, feminist and activist. She is best known for writing the famous 1996 play The Vagina Monologues. For any college students reading this, it wouldnt surprise me if a rendition of The Vagina Monologues showed up on your campus at some point; it showed up on my campus and was hosted by the campus feminist organization in 2011.

Sarah Michelle Gellar: Born 1977. Gellar is a producer and an actress, starring or playing supporting roles in a plethora of TV shows and movies including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Scream 2, and as Daphne in Scooby Doo (2002).

Sarah Michelle Gellar plays her role in Scooby Doo

Nina Hartley: Born 1959. Hartley is an American author, sex educator, sex-positive feminist, pornographic film director, and American pornographic actress. She has been recognized with numerous awards throughout her career. She did an interview on The Young Turks and was introduced as legendary by Cenk Uygur. She apparently was known as the best ass in the business in her days of youth and specialized in lesbian scenes. Check out her Young Turks interview on YouTube.

Hartleys case struck me as somewhat more interesting because it has been suggested by many people that the Jewish community has a powerful influence on this nations pornography industry. Dr. Nathan Abrams, a Jewish Professor at Bangor University in the UK has essentially said that the Jews were the driving force behind the modern day porn industry. In fact, he even wrote a piece about it in Jewish Quarterly called Triple-exthnics.

Dr. Nathan Abrams

Bella Abzug: 1920-1998. Abzug was an American lawyer, U.S. Representative, social activist, and a leader of the Womens Movement. She helped to found the National Womens Political Caucus with Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan. Abzug also did womens rights work under Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.

Gloria Allred: Born 1941. Allred is an American civil rights lawyer and commonly takes high profile cases. She has been involved in many womens rights cases including representing at least seventeen women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault, harassment, or other misconduct.

A gay couple celebrates with Gloria Allred (middle) under a chuppah after being granted a marriage license in California in 2008

Shulamit Aloni: 1928-2014. Aloni was an Israeli politician and founder of the Ratz party. She was also a leader of the Meretz party and served as the Israeli Minister of Education for a year. She won the Israel Prize in 2000.

Although Aloni isnt an American, I chose to include her because of the following exchange that took place in a 2002 interview with American journalist Amy Goodman; During this short video, Aloni explains that charges of anti-Semitism are a trick we always use to suppress criticism of Israel coming from within the United States. If the criticism is coming from Europe, Aloni suggests that we bring up the Holocaust.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Born 1933. Hopefully all American readers recognize this name. Ginsburg is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, appointed by Clinton in 1993. I highly recommend all readers review her voting record on social issues.

Elena Kagan: Born 1960. Hopefully, American readers will recognize this name as well. Kagan too is a Jewish feminist and an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She came into power under Obamas Presidency. This article on feminist.org reveals her confirmation was in fact endorsed by a feminist majority back in 2010.

Elena Kagan in 2009 She is now one of the most powerful judges in America

Rachel Adler: Born 1943. Adler is the Professor of Modern Jewish Thought and Judaism and Gender at Hebrew Union College (the Los Angeles campus). She reportedly played a key role in integrating feminist perspectives into Jewish texts.

Rebecca Alpert: Born 1950. Alpert is a professor in the Departments of Religion and Womens Studies at Temple University. She is currently serving as the Senior Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

Daniel Boyarin: Born 1946. He holds dual US and Israeli citizenship (Sound familiar to any US politicians? Click here or here for more info on the dual citizenship of many US government officials). Boyarin has been a Professor of Talmudic Culture at the University of California, Berkeley since 1990.

Susan Brownmiller: Born 1935. Brownmiller is an American feminist, journalist, author, and activist best known for her work Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape published in 1975. She supposedly argues in the book that because rape is defined by men, women get shafted (not necessarily in those words, and no pun intended).

Feminist Author Susan Brownmiller

Aviva Cantor: Born 1940. Cantor is an American journalist, author, lecturer, and advocate of feminism and Jewish communal life. She helped fund a Socialist Zionist organization called Jewish Liberation in New York in 1968.

Hlne Cixous: Born 1937. Cixous is a professor, poet, writer, playwright, philosopher, etc. She was appointed as A.D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University from 2008-2014.

Jane Evans: 1907-2004. From 1933-1976, Evans was the Executive Director of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods (which is now known as the Women of Reform Judaism).Jane Evans was also the President of the National Peace Conference in 1950. I encourage all readers check out the Women of Reform Judaism website and review their statements on the immigration crisis in Europe and other social justice issues.

Susan Faludi: Born 1959. Faludi wrote a book published in 1991 called Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women. She also wrote a book analyzing the 9/11 attacks and how they supposedly reinvigorated an American environment that is hostile to women.

Feminist Author Susan Faludi

Ilana Gliechbloom: Born 1986. Gliechbloom is a Judaic studies teacher at Abraham Joshua Heschel High School in New York City. She has made notable appearances at (surprise, surprise) The Vagina Monologues.

Susannah Heschel: Born 1956. Heschel teaches Jewish Studies at Dartmouth and is an American author. Her published works include Insider/Outsider: American Jews and Multiculturalism and On Being a Jewish Feminist.

And speaking of Jewish multiculturalism and massive illegal immigration, listen to what Barbara Lerner Spectre (a Jewish woman) had to say about multiculturalism in European countries in this 2010 video. I would say that after watching this video, you must ask yourself Is it a coincidence? that Spectres thoughts match up nicely with the views of Women of Reform Judaism, described above.

Paula Hyman: 1946-2011. Hyman taught Jewish History at Yale University. She was the first female dean at the Seminary College of Jewish Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary from 1981 to 1986. Hyman published many feminist oriented works.

This has been merely a shallow dive into the depths of Jewish involvement in American feminism. Sure, anybody can log on to Google and come up with all kinds of names of non-Jewish feminists (simply because non-Jews make up about 98% of the population); but I dont see how any reasonable person can objectively deny the fact that Jews are indeed over-represented in the feminist movement.

In the last half-century (roughly), Jewish feminists have involved themselves in every level of American cultural infrastructure including the government, justice system, media, entertainment, education and books, and even the porn industry verifying the information presented here and following the links of this article will make this stunningly obvious.

Jewish women make up roughly 1% of the entire American population; and yet a relatively large percentage of the most powerful and influential second and third-wave feminist leaders off all time are Jewish.

Bella Abzug photographed in 1978 with New York Mayor Ed Koch (left) and President Jimmy Carter

Is it simply a cultural imperative that drives so many Jewish women to take part in feminism and culturally destructive policymaking? Some would argue it may simply be a consequence of an IQ difference that drives Jews to excel and fill leadership positions.

Others make the claim that disproportionate Jewish involvement in politics is part of a more organized conspiracy to intentionally destroy the moral fabric of mostly white, traditionally Christian societies. Im not here to answer the reasons why, but rather to simply point out the obvious disproportional representation of Jews in the feminist movement.

It is generally agreed upon in the manosphere (at least hopefully it is by now) that feminism is a tool that is being utilized to destroy the family unit and to get females into the work force, which generates more tax dollars and benefits corporations and politicians through mindless consumption.

I know this is a difficult subject for some, and can even create cognitive dissonance, but the reality is becoming nearly impossible to objectively deny that Jewish influence has the lions share of control over second and third-wave feminism, even though Jews represent only a tiny fraction of the American population.

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In the 1970s, a movement known as Jewish feminism started in the American Jewish community. It was a movement that originally sought to make Jewish woman superior to equal to Jewish men.

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A judge in Belarus approved the construction of apartments atop two former Jewish cemeteries.

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The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation unveiled a historical marker at Crescenta Valley Community Regional Park in La Crescenta on Aug. 18that includes an explanation of the parks historical ties to Nazis.

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Jewish American Heritage Month is a month to celebrate the contributions Jewish Americans have made to America since the arrival of the first Jewish immigrants in New Amsterdam in 1654.

Every year since 1980, Congress and the President have acted together to declare an official observance to recognize the contributions of Jewish Americans to American society. Since 2006, Congress and the President have proclaimed that the month of May is Jewish American Heritage Month. On April 28, 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued this years proclamation. In his statement, President Trump said: The achievements of American Jews are felt throughout American society and culture, in every field and in every profession. American Jews have built institutions of higher learning, hospitals, and manifold cultural and philanthropic organizations.

As this is a law blog, we thought we would take a look at three Jewish Americans who were among the earliest to contribute to the legal profession in America:

Asser Levy van Swellem

The government of the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam (which became New York after its capture by the English in 1664) did not recognize attorneys as a distinct profession. In its court, the Court of the Schout, Burgomaster and Shepens, neither the judges nor the advocates had the benefit of formal legal education. But since cases were nevertheless tried, people found it useful to rely on whoever among their neighbors was most skillful at pressing claims in court to represent them when the need arose. One person who frequently appeared as an advocate in the court records of the time was a Jewish man named Asser Levy van Swellem (d. 1680). Although he was probably born and raised in Amsterdam, Asser Levy was connected to the group of 23 Jewish immigrants who arrived from Brazil in 1654, a group that is often thought of as the first Jewish immigrants to the region that would later become the United States (Jews, however, likely arrived in what is now New Mexico somewhat before this time). A butcher by trade, he became one of the first licensed butchers in the colony.Within a year of his arrival, he successfully petitioned the governor to remove a ban on Jews bearing arms in defense of the colony and to undo a discriminatory tax. In 1657, he successfully petitioned the governor to remove a ban on Jews enjoyment of certain trade privileges. In an astonishingly short time, he built trade relations with partners as far away as New England and built relationships with merchants in Holland whose interests he represented in court. By 1661, he purchased an estate near Albany, as well as a piece of land in lower Manhattan (becoming the first Jewish citizen to own land in New York City). By 1664, he was counted among the wealthy men of the colony who were asked to finance the defense of the city from the English. In the meantime, he participated in several dozen lawsuits, representing himself and many others, both in New York and in neighboring Connecticut. His name appears frequently as a trustee and as executor of a number of Christian wills. Records show he contributed funds for the construction of the citys first Lutheran Church. Toward the end of his life, he owned a successful tavern and a slaughterhouse in New York City.

Isaac Miranda

One of the earliest known Jewish settlers of Pennsylvania was Isaac Miranda (d. 1733). He was said to have come to Philadelphia from Tuscany, Italy, by way of London as early as 1710, and may have been the first Jewish resident of that city. He settled in Lancaster in 1715, where he is known to be the first Jewish inhabitant. Other families soon followed, so that by 1740, there were ten Jewish families in Lancaster. Although he kept a collection of Hebrew books, which he brought with him from abroad, he maintained that he was a Christian; he likely converted to marry his wife, Mary Raynolds, in London before coming to America. The secretary of the province of Pennsylvania, James Logan, described him in 1723 as a superficial convert to Christianity. The accusation was not trivial. Under William Penns Charter of Pennsylvania, Jews were free to worship, but they could not vote or hold public office. In 1727, the colonial administration appointed him agent to receive and collect the perquisites and rights of Admiralty, and on June 19, 1727, he was made a deputy judge of the Vice-Admiralty Court. This appointment made Miranda the first Jew to hold a judicial office in America. Over time, Miranda grew wealthy from trade with Native Americans and came to own a significant amount of land, including two houses in Philadelphia. He died in Lancaster in 1733.

A daguerreotype by Matthew Brady depicting Sampson Simson between 1844 and 1857 [Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division]

After the English seized New York from Dutch control, the colony prohibited Jews from practicing law. This prohibition remained in force for most of the 18th century until it was lifted after the enactment of the New York Constitution of 1777. It was not until 1802, however, that a Jewish attorney was admitted to the New York bar. His name was Sampson Simson (1780-1857). Simson was born in Danbury, Connecticut, where his father, also named Sampson Simson, had taken his family when the British occupied New York during the War for Independence. Sampson Simson the elder was a successful shipowner; his success left his son with a large fortune that supported him throughout his life. Sampson Simson (the younger) graduated from Columbia College in 1800, the first Jew to graduate from that institution. He read law with Aaron Burr (the sitting vice president of the United States) between 1800 and 1802 and practiced law in the law office of J.L. and H.L. Riker at 150 Nassau Street. He practiced law for a short timeonly a few yearsbefore an accident left him temporarily disabled. Afterwards, he retired to his farm in Yonkers for a life of charitable work and philanthropy. It is for this work that he is most remembered. Chief among his accomplishments was his role in founding in 1852 the Jews Hospital, renamed Mount Sinai Hospital in 1866. The hospital was built on land donated by Simson on W. 28th St. between 7th and 8th Avenues. He served as the first president of its board of directors and for the remaining years of his life personally assumed many of the hospitals financial burdens. In 1856, he helped to fund the purchase of the Welsh Chapel on Allen Street to house theBeth Hamedrash Hagodol, a new and rapidly growing Orthodox Jewish congregation. He bequeathed a large sum of money to the North American Relief Society for Indigent Jews in Jerusalem, an organization that supported the impoverished Jewish community then living in Ottoman Palestine. Myer S. Isaacs (1841-1904), a Jewish attorney and philanthropist who lived in New York throughout the second half of the 19th century, recorded his personal recollections of Simson in 1902. He remembered Simson and his father chatting endlessly about their memories of the important men of the founding generation as well as about their religious and philanthropic activities. He recalls:

He affected the old fashioned costume, sometimes wearing knee breeches and buckles. He was above the average height, very stiff and upright in his bearing. His hair was white and he wore it in long wavy locks. His spectacles were of great size. His habitual walk was in short, quick steps-and he carried a silver headed cane, upon which he would lean when seated. His voice was not musical and he rarely laughed. He was exacting and even tyrannical-would not endure criticism or contractionthere were men he did not like and he let them perceive it quicklyHe was precise in his religious views, rose very early and spent some time at his devotionshe was interested in prison reformHe was a great admirer of Andrew Jackson and preserved a stick presented to him by the President. He was captain of a regiment of Militia, but it is not known that he took part in active service. In the practice of law, he was always considerate towards colored people. He was specially interested in agricultural affairs; new machines attracted him.

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Sociologists Helen Kim and Noah Leavitt look on during their son Aris bris. Theyve worked together to research how kids with mixed Asian-American and Jewish heritage think about faith. The Kim-Leavitt family hide caption

Sociologists Helen Kim and Noah Leavitt look on during their son Aris bris. Theyve worked together to research how kids with mixed Asian-American and Jewish heritage think about faith.

I was five years old when my mother threatened to give me away to journalist Connie Chung.

Chung and her husband, Maury Povich, had just announced their intention to adopt a half-Chinese, half-Jewish child. At this, my mother, watching on TV in our living room, did a double take. She looked at the screen. Then she looked at me, her half-Chinese, half-Jewish, fully-misbehaving daughter. How would you like to go live with that woman? she said.

It was then that I had a startling realization: I was special. Not special in the way that everyones kids are special I mean really special. I, with my chubby Chinese cheeks and frizzy Jewish hair, was a unique snowflake, shaped like the Star of David, dusted with matcha green tea powder.

Im special! I announced. Famous people want to adopt me!

Mom rolled her eyes as if to say, oy vey.

Only later would I learn the truth: Not everyone was as thrilled about my heritage as I was. The problem was mainly on the Jewish side. As I grew up, announcing I was Jewish often felt like trying to cross a border with borrowed credentials, in Joan Didions words. But you dont look Jewish! came the incredulous reply. Some even implied that the union that produced me was nothing less than a threat to the Jewish people that I was what was wrong with Judaism today.

This view, it turns out, is ancient. You shall not marry (gentiles), you shall not give your daughter to their son because he will lead your son astray from Me and they will serve strange gods, it is said in Deuteronomy. Thousands of years later, many still share this opinion.

Intermarriage is a serious concern, Steven Cohen, a professor at Hebrew Union College, told me recently. It weakens Jewish commitment and diminishes the number of people who identify as Jews.

Cohen was referring to the fact that children of intermarried Jews tend to be less religiously Jewish than those born to two Jewish parents, as found in the Pew Research Centers 2013 Portrait of Jewish Americans. But theres another way of looking at it. While they may be less religious, more and more mixed-race Jews are choosing to identify as Jewish. Among the adult children of intermarried parents surveyed, as many as 59 percent identified as Jews.

Kosher or not, no amount of hand-wringing will change the fact that intermarriage is happening. Since 2005, 6 in 10 Jews who married chose a non-Jewish partner, according to the Pew report. Faced with this reality, even staunch anti-intermarriage scholars are beginning to make concessions. Upon realizing that I was a mixed-race Jew, for instance, Cohen still encouraged me to marry Jewish. He also assured me that even if I didnt I would still be welcomed by the Jewish community.

Mazel tov?

Two scholars on the forefront of understanding the changing face of Judaism are Helen Kim and Noah Leavitt, sociologists at Whitman College in Washington state. For the last decade, Kim and Leavitt have trained their attention on the intersection of Jewish and Asian cultures. This is no coincidence: The two are a Korean-Jewish couple, raising two Reform Jewish children. Every week, they celebrate Shabbat dinner, observe the Sabbath as a day of rest and perform the Havdalah service as a family.

President Barack Obama puts his arm around Rabbi Angela Buchdahl during a White House Hanukkah reception in Dec. 2014. Buchdahl, who is Korean-American and Jewish, leads New York Citys Central Synagogue. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

President Barack Obama puts his arm around Rabbi Angela Buchdahl during a White House Hanukkah reception in Dec. 2014. Buchdahl, who is Korean-American and Jewish, leads New York Citys Central Synagogue.

Kims and Leavitts interest began when, flipping through the The New York Times style section, they noticed something strange. Suddenly, it seemed that more and more couples looked like them. Jewish-Asian pairings filled the news, from Tiger Mom Amy Chua and husband Jed Rubenfeld to Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan.

Some children of these marriages are grown up and in the news, too. Angela Buchdahl, the wildly popular Korean-American rabbi of New York Citys Central Synagogue, has written about facing challenges to her faith as a young adult.

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, Buchdahl recalled in a 2003 essay in the journal Shma.

Once, she even told her mother she wanted to give up Judaism. Is that possible? her mother asked.

It was only at that moment that I realized I could no sooner stop being a Jew than I could stop being Korean, or female, or me, Buchdahl wrote.

The affinity between Jews and Asians has some grounding in culture, according to Kim and Leavitt. In 2012, they published a study that sought to explain what draws these two ancient cultures together. Both Asians and Jews, they found, shared deeply ingrained values of academic achievement, strong family ties and frugality. There are also fewer religious barriers: While Asian-Americans may subscribe to a philosophical system like Buddhism, less often do they have overt religious beliefs that clash with Judaism.

As the pair began to raise their two children Ari, 6, and Talia, 3 their questions changed. How would Jewish values translate to mixed-race kids, they wondered?

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Sociologists Helen Kim and Noah Leavitt with their children Talia and Ari.

This was the logical next step, says Leavitt. We wanted to know how these kids are going to make sense of the different strands of who they are. So they decided to do something novel: ask the kids themselves. For their next study, published last month in the Journal of Jewish Identities, Kim and Leavitt conducted in-depth interviews with 22 children of Jewish-Asian marriages.

What they found flew in the face of the scenario Cohen described. Overwhelmingly, the young adults they talked to considered themselves Jews no ish about it. The majority grew up going to Hebrew school or Jewish day school, attending synagogue, celebrating the High Holidays and feeling part of a larger Jewish community. Half had been bar or bat mitzvahed. Most wanted to pass on a sense of Jewish identity to their own children.

These kids are Jewish, they really are, says Kim.

Unfortunately, a strong sense of personal Jewishness didnt stop the haters. At school, in the synagogue and in casual conversation, respondents recalled getting the same doubtful looks and comments that I did. If it wasnt Funny, you dont look Jewish, it was Oh, you must mean half-Jewish. (This is usually the case when your father is Jewish; in more traditional strains of Judaism, it is believed that Jewish identity flows through the maternal line.)

Refreshingly, the respondents managed to turn these confrontations into opportunities. They felt that they had to assert their Jewishness in a much stronger way, says Kim. So theyd end up saying, I am legitimately Jewish, and youre wrong in your assumptions about me and Jews.

As an exploratory first paper, the study was limited. Besides the small sample size, almost all of the participants had Chinese or Japanese heritage, and none were raised Orthodox Jewish.

Nevertheless, Kim and Leavitts approach is highly original and needed, says Keren McGinity, the editor of the journal in which the work was published, and a Jewish historian at Brandeis University who specializes in intermarriage. The very idea that there can be multi-racial, multi-ethnic Jews is a wake-up call.

Far from being diluted, these mixed-race Jews saw themselves as critical to what todays Jewish values are all about. For them, multi-raciality and Jewishness are intrinsically tied together, the authors wrote.

These kids are thinking about being Jewish in a variety of ways, says Leavitt. Spiritually, religiously, culturally, ethically. Its a huge smorgasbord of what parts of Judaism they draw on to connect with.

What Do You Mean, Half-Jewish?

This question is always a tricky one. Do I cite my grandmothers matzo ball soup? My love for the lilt of Hebrew prayer? The fact that I was so drawn to my Jewish roots that I ended up working for a Jewish magazine? Like Buchdahl, I can no more explain what makes me feel Jewish than what makes me feel Chinese, or female, or human. I usually go with, It means I really, really like Chinese food.

The point, for Kim and Leavitt, is that todays Jews have a choice. For millennia, being Jewish was like being pregnant: You either were, or you werent. But as the number of Jews with hyphenated identities continues to rise, that idea needs rethinking. Maybe it isnt an all-or-nothing affair. Maybe the question shouldnt be, Are you Jewish? but: How are you Jewish? Maybe, for some, being chosen can be a choice.

Rachel is a writer and editor at Moment Magazine, an independent Jewish magazine. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, WIRED, New Scientist and Slate. Follow her on Twitter at @rachelegross.

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Posted By richards on March 9, 2018 Attempting to pin down the essence of the Sephardic spirit is akin to trying to nail Jell-O to a wall. Is it a religious outlook? A political viewpoint? An embracing of cultural traditions and mores? An overarching worldview? Or some version of all of the above? The answer, of course, is, It depends on whom you speak with, because, as the age-old tradition goes: Speak to two Jews and youll get three opinions. However, everyone interviewed for this article agreed that there is a definite uptick in Jews from all backgrounds wanting to learn more about Sephardic traditions that go beyond the basic, Dont Sephardim eat rice on Passover? The Classical Sephardic WorldviewLos Angeles Rabbi Daniel Bouskila is director of the Sephardic Educational Center (SEC), which reaches out to young Jews and focuses on a Jewish way of life inspired by the teachings of Maimonides, known as the Classical Sephardic Worldview. With headquarters in Jerusalem and centers around the world, the SEC is focused on building a new generation of spiritual and community leaders that can be modern, progressive and inclusive, but still follow halachah (Jewish law). For Bouskila and other Sephardic religious leaders, this is the Sephardic spirit, a philosophy that embraces all Jews. Im 53, Bouskila told the Journal, and when I was growing up, Sephardic Judaism was at best a cultural footnote. It was, Heres what Sephardim eat, and heres a museum exhibit on their colorful dress or a henna celebration, but there was no discussion of Sephardic ideology, philosophy or halachic rulings. Bouskila went to Jewish day schools, and Yeshiva University and learned nothing of Sephardic traditions. It just didnt exist anywhere, he says. It wasnt part of the historical narratives of teaching Jewish history. Today, though, he says, there are programs, events and panels all over the world that focus on Sephardic texts and Sephardic rabbis and their teachings. Is the Sephardic spirit a religious outlook? A political viewpoint? An embracing of cultural traditions and mores An overarching worldview? Or some version of all of the above? Next week (March 15-17), the SEC is co-sponsoring Seattle-born and New York-based Rabbi Marc D. Angel as the scholar in residence at the Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel on Wilshire Boulevard. Angel will speak on, among other things, the Classical Sephardic Worldview. And on March 18, Angel and Bouskila will co-sponsor an educators conference together with de Toledo High School Rabbi Devin Villarreal for teachers in Los Angeles Jewish day schools on how to incorporate Sephardic history, halachah and customs into the Jewish day school system. I do think theres a growing awareness among Sephardim to reclaim their own roots to get back to the strength of their cultural traditions, Angel told the Journal in a telephone interview from New York. And there is also a growing interest among non-Sephardim. Its not just about the food and music anymore. [Sephardim] also have strong intellectual traditions in Jewish law and philosophy that are all part of the equation. Part of that equation is a Sephardic tradition that doesnt follow the Ashkenazi mold of Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist and other streams of Judaism. [Sephardim] have basically had a philosophy that I call intellectually vibrant, compassionate and inclusive, Angel says. Trying to synthesize the general principles that bring it all together, Id say its 1. Joy in life; 2. A very optimistic religious worldview; 3. A strong sense of solidarity with the Jewish people as a whole; and 4. A sense of personal self worth or interiority. Growing up in a Sephardic community in Seattle among Turkish Jews and Jews from the Island of Rhodes, Angel says, I didnt know there was such a thing as Jewish guilt until I moved to New York. In Seattle, life was happy, religion was joyous and everyone was family-oriented. This, Angel says, stems from Sephardic Jews coming mainly from Muslim countries, where they lived in sunny climates and had sunny views of life. Things like Jewish humor and Jewish guilt dont apply to us. Ashkenazim came from cold places like Poland and Russia, and living in a Christian world was very different to living in a Muslim world. Bouskila says even the definition of Sephardim needs to be clarified. I dont ever use the term Mizrachi (Easterners) he says. Theres absolutely no precedent for the term in Jewish history, Sephardic history, in halachah or in the prayer book.Rather, he says, it was a term born with Ashkenazi Zionism. He notes that when the Iraqi-born Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Israels Chief Sephardic Rabbi from 1973 to 1983 spoke of the halachah of Sephardim, he meant the whole umbrella of Sephardim, not just those who descended from Spain. Solutions to Political and Religious ProblemsLos Angeles immigration attorney Neil Sheff is also the international president for the SEC, and has been involved with the organization since its inception in 1980. He believes its Sephardim who could be at the forefront of solving some of both Israels and the Diasporas most pressing problems. Sephardim often have a really keen experience in terms of how they lived with, related to, dealt with and coexisted with Muslim populations, but unfortunately, Israeli society and government has never looked to the Sephardic community for insight into that. A lot of people say if there were Sephardic Jews in charge of either the government or the peace process, we would probably have found a way to get together with our neighbors a long time ago. Sheff, along with Bouskila and Angel say the classical Sephardic approach to problems also could heal the terrible rifts when it comes to issues ranging from stringent views on kashrut, the role of women, fertility issues and the Who is a Jew debate and concerns over conversion. If the traditional, classical Sephardic approach to Who is a Jew and conversion would be followed, we would have much more happiness in the Jewish world and we wouldnt have these constant fights among different denominations, Sheff says. Unfortunately, especially the more right you go in Orthodoxy, each tries to outdo the other one so they add on requirements that have no basis in law. The Sephardic approach is moderate. It just requires you to show your allegiance and do a few things, but doesnt require you to become an ultra-Orthodox Jew in order to be counted as a Jew. If the traditional classical Sephardic approach to Who is a Jew and conversion would be followed, we would have much more happiness in the Jewish world and we wouldnt have these constant fights among different denominations. Neil Sheff However, Angel says he believes Sephardim in Israel are moving toward more Ashkenazic/Charedi models. Regrettably, in Israel and the Diaspora, this [Classical Sephardic Worldview] tradition is breaking down, so Sephardim, even if theyre not formally identifying with Orthodoxy, Conservatism or Reform, they are being drawn to into these types of orbits a more extremist model, Angel says. This is where organizations like the SEC can come into play, Sheff says. He agrees with Angel, saying there is greater polarization in both Ashkenazic and Sephardic communities, with a shift in more extremism mostly to the right of the spectrum. Theyre basically trying to keep up with the Joneses on how black they can be in their dress and outlook and thought processes. Its precisely because of this sharp veer to the right that Sheff feels more people are seeking to learn the moderate Sephardic approach to halachah. Thats why were encouraging educators to come and learn [with us at SEC], he says. Embracing the Cultural TraditionsAnd although Sephardic rabbis and teachers want the larger Jewish world to embrace this classical worldview, there always will be a fascination with Sephardic customs and traditions that can in fact create further inroads into Sephardic Jewish life. At Temple Emmanuel in Beverly Hills, Rabbi Sarah Bassin decided three years ago to hold an annual Mimouna celebration (the Sephardic tradition of a feast held the day after the end of Passover), for young Jewish professionals. We had a really diverse young professionals board and we strategically decided we wanted to highlight different subsets of Jewish culture, Bassin told the Journal. It started with a Cuban-Jewish event, then an Indian-Jewish event and that led to the Mimouna event. On a philosophical level, I think the American-Jewish context is one where we do have all these different fusion touch points of subsets of Jewish culture, she says. Thats what America does. It takes from all these minority cultures and then they get folded in and adapted and morphed into their own Americanized version. That, Bassin says, is part of what she hoped to cultivate and facilitate helping Ashkenazi Jews embrace the [Mimouna] experience and see that this is now something that can be part of their [overall] Jewish experience. Embracing Sephardic culture on the academic level is also happening at UCLAdino an organization formed eight years ago to spread knowledge of Ladino the Judeo-Spanish language to students on campus and nationwide. UCLAdino Director Max Daniel is a graduate student in Jewish Studies in the Maurice Amado Program in Sephardic Studies. Theres a large academic interest worldwide in studying Ladino, Daniel says. In addition, he says, its part of my heritage and connects me to our culture as Sephardic Jews. Daniels father was a native Ladino speaker who was born before World War II in Salonika, Greece. At 25, Daniel is less than half Bouskilas age, but he too says he grew up with a Jewish Day school education (in Chicago) but with zero focus on Sephardic culture, philosophy or tradition. It was all Ashkenazi culture and the languages we focused on were Hebrew or Yiddish. What brings me to [the Ladino] group is that sense of reclaiming and almost relearning our heritage. There is also a growing interest among non-Sephardim. Its not just about the food and music anymore. [Sephardim] also have strong intellectual traditions in Jewish law and philosophy that are all part of the equation. Rabbi Marc D. Angel Daniel says it struck him that hes the first generation in his family to not grow up speaking Ladino. My ancestry and heritage is important to me and [studying Ladino] is a concrete thing I can do. It exposes me to the texts and the culture and a lot of the mediums and the emotions of the language. Daniel believes theres a definite interest in the Ladino language and Sephardic heritage or spirit that he says could be attributed to a renewed effort by Spain and Portugal to connect with Sephardic Jews. On the academic side, they realize theyve neglected these histories and communities for some time, Daniel says. He also believes that Jews from Sephardic communities living in the United States are now more comfortable speaking about their differences, whereas before I think they wanted to find commonalities with Ashkenazi Jews who settled here. At Valley Beth Shalom, Rabbi Ed Feinstein says, Its our job to create as many celebrations of as many different Jewish expressions as possible. Feinstein began introducing a Sephardic High Holy Day service 10 years ago for Persian congregants, and recently implemented a monthly Sephardic Shabbat service called Tmarim. Tmarim is run by Asher Levy, who grew up in the Valley Beth Shalom community and who studied ethnomusicology at UCLA. His family hails from Syria and his father is a rabbi. We really wanted to see what would it sound like to do an entire Sephardic service and its become a beautiful part of our repertoire, Feinstein says. Much like Angels reference to the Sephardic joyful spirit, Feinstein says its wonderful to discover the colorful aesthetic of Sephardic Jewry. They eat bright, colorful, spicy food. Ashkenazim eat gray gefilte fish. Sephardic Jewry is a colorful corrective to the restrained aesthetic of Ashkenazic Jewry. Feinstein believes embracing Sephardic traditions is part of American Jewrys struggle to create a new aesthetic. When we came to this country at the beginning of the 20th century, we brought all the models and the forms of Jewish life from [our] European communities, but those have now played themselves out. And were now comfortable enough in our Jewishness and ready for something brand new. For more information on Rabbi Marc D. Angels sessions at Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel from March 15-17, please contact http://www.SephardicTemple.org or call (310) 475-7000. Read more here: The Many Facets of the Sephardic Spirit Jewish Journal Category: Sephardic | Comments Off on The Many Facets of the Sephardic Spirit Jewish Journal Tags:

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An entry in an address book: Goldstein, Erich, Oppeln, Plakatmaler, 153 Lisoyang. That was the one fragmentary detail about my husband Brians family that we discovered during a pleasurable Sunday afternoon with Sonja Mhlberger. Sonja and Brians mother Maude were both born in Shanghai just a few months apart in 1939. Both girls were in utero during the passage to Shanghai, born into families who took refuge from the Nazis in one of the last available havens for German Jews. After looking through many photos to see if Brian could recognize a young Maude Goldstein (he couldnt), Sonja showed us her copy of the 1939 address book where we found a listing for his Papa Erich. Maude died when Brian was young so he never had a chance to learn much about her early childhood in Hongkou, Shanghais designated area for Jews. Sometimes referred to as the Shanghai Ghetto, it was a ghetto without walls, inhabited by Jews, Chinese, Russians, and a broad assortment of misfits and adventurers. Sonja told of a relatively happy childhood within this two and a half square kilometer area far from the land her parents missed and would return to after the war. Her recollections gave Brian some reassurance about his mothers childhood and insight into what it must have been like. Thanks to Sonja for sharing her stories with us, for opening a window into the life led by the mother-in-law I never met. We enjoyed visiting Sonja at her home in Friedrichshagen, the southeastern community of Berlin where she has lived since 1961. Her deep roots in the region were evident from the many people who greeted her when we strolled down to the Mggelsee after our Kaffee and Apfelkuchen. If youd like to learn more about Sonja, her story of survival in Shanghai is featured in the same Deutsche Welle German Jewish Cultural Heritage Series that our family participated in.

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Zipporah Zabari, a 19-year-old from Tel Aviv, went from delivering milk in her neighborhod to Purim Queen of Tel Aviv, 1928. Have you seen any similar Purim transformations this year? ow.ly/XGAJ50gDP4l … See MoreSee Less 8 hours ago Photo The themes of Purim could be applied to a number of social justice causes, including the Civil Rights Movement. This article looks at feminist interpretations of the story that are especially pertinent today. ow.ly/XUdj50gA5kr … See MoreSee Less 1 day ago Photo

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in 1923 in the state of Massachusetts. He now goes by the name, Sumner Redstone. Murray Rothstein owns Viacom, a Media Corporation with subsidiaries such as, MTV, the Homosexual TV show, LOGO, and Paramount Pictures. When Murray Rothstein puts on a video at his MTV subsidiary with blacks rapping such lyrics as: Hey yo, I smoke dust and shoot cops, sell drugs on new lots, we dust brothers f**k mothers. I dont think that Sumner Redstone, that is Murray Rothstien, really grooves into it. Its for the Goys you know, and hes making a killing on the dumb Goys who have been conditioned by MTV and all of the Jewish-controlled media to despise anything that remotely resembles Christian morality. As for Murrays homosexual show, LOGO, dont think for a minute that if his son brought a boyfriend-lover home for dinner that Murray would be too delighted. Jews you see have an obsession that their children should marry and bear grandsons, thus conferring immortality on their Jewish progenitors. A homosexual son is not only a disgrace to a Jew, but tantamount to wiping him out of existence. But The Show Must Go On, as the saying goes. And thus the Jewish-controlled media and their legal arm, the Jewish-run and funded, American Civil Liberties Union, (ACLU), are engaged in a relentless effort to promote public displays of perversion and decadence. One such decadent public display is the Folsom Gay Street Fair held in Folsom County CA every year and recently on September 30 2007. The perverse public displays would outrage even the most flaming liberal.See: Folsom Gay FairAND: Folsom Outrage WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS IS NOW OWNED by the Jew, Michael Eisner. Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck have been pre-empted by Eisners Jewish Agenda of promoting a multicultural America. Multiculturism is nothing less than the Jewish sabotage of a homogenous Christian culture. Examples of Eisners promotion of multiculturism are two films that launched his career in shaping an Anti-Christian culture: The Jungle Book and Pocahontas. In both films, Eisner portrays White males as contemptible, racist, cowardly, and inept. The White heroine in The Jungle Book rejects her British-officer suitor and lets herself be wooed and won by a Jungle-boy. In Pocahontas, Eisner has Captain John Smith discarding Christianity in favor of American Indian animism through his union with Pocahontas. This Indian princess was named by those who knew her best: little wanton, (pocahontas). What Eisner is not telling us is that Captain John Smith never married Pocahontas as she was already married with a 3 year old son. It was John Rolfe who had married little wanton. And the Jew Eisner would never scruple to tell his audience of children that it was Pocahontas who converted to Christianity, not vice versa. As regards The Jungle Book, it bears no resemblance whatsoever to what was originally written by Rudyard Kipling. And what is the subliminal message that Eisner wishes to inject into the sensibilities of American children which will funnel out into American culture? That the White man with his Christianity is deficient in both moral virtues and spirituality. But will Eisner teach his children and grandchildren to give up their Jewishness and intermarry with Hindus and Blacks? Eisner and his Jewish buddies would rather die than see their sons marry Calcutta Hinuds and Schwartzas! JEWISHNESS IS BEING SHOVED in our faces everywhere we turn. Because the Jews wish to position themselves as victims, they have exploited the Holocaust to make Americans feel protective of the poor Jewish victim of Anti-Semitism. But has anyone brought to mind that these so called victims happen to be the wealthiest sufferers the world has ever known? Until we are able to perceive that – America will continue to be a Holocaust Remembrance society. High School Curriculums throughout America are teeming with it. Holocaust Museums and Holocaust Study Centers are in every major U.S. city. The Jews have made sure that our collective memory will not be a Christian one that America once extolled. Our former common Christian bond has been usurped by a Jewish agenda known as The Holocaust. Are we not sick and tired of the millionaire Jew, Elie Weisel, with his continual harping on his sufferings of the Holocaust? If any one has made a killing on the Holocaust Industry, it is the millionaire Jew, Elie Weisel. THE JEWS HAVE SO PERMEATED our world-view and self-definition, that our culture has become a Prozac-fixated society. The Jewish Science, that is, Psychoanalysis, has so infused our consciousness, that instead of the John Waynes and the Mickey Mantles as our heroes, we now have as our prime American hero, the neurotic Jew and sex-obsessive pederast, Woody Allen. Woody Allen, (born Allan Koningberg), typifies the man bereft of absolute truth, continually searching for meaning in a meaningless world, only to give up the search with the plunging into continual sexual gratification as the salvivic consolation. The best that Woody Allen can offer us by way of an example in real life, is his illicit sexual affair with the 16 year old adopted daughter of his second wife, Mia Farrow. CONCLUSION AMERICA WAS ONCE A NATION that bonded its citizens together through a common Christian memory, cause, and destiny. Christian decency has now been preempted by crass depravity through the Jewish-controlled Media and its legal arm, the Jewish-run and funded, American Civil Liberties Union. (ACLU). Our Christian heritage has been undermined by the Jewish elite who have lobbied successfully for a multicultural (translate, all belief-systems that will crowd out Christianity, society. America, once known as a Christian nation, is now is now termed, thanks to Jewish Academia, a pluralistic nation. But pluralism and multiculturism works to the Jews advantage: Divide And Conquer! What we have now in our nation, is not primarily a pluralistic society, but rather, a Jewish America. WE STILL HAVE A CHANCE TO RECLAIM AMERICA out of the ruinous hands of the Jews. We can begin with makes a commitment to attend Church Services regularly and discussing with like-minded friends the issues that face us. Then we can all call upon Christ to heal our nation, to heal our souls, to heal our apathy, and to heal our debilitated state. And: Christians NOT Jews Are Gods Chosen People! Click Here And: How Jews Think Click Here Support Brother Nathanael! HERE

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In the 1970s, a movement known as Jewish feminism started in the American Jewish community. It was a movement that originally sought to make Jewish woman superior to equal to Jewish men. One of the first major issues tackled by these feminists was the power to optimize hypergamy initiate divorces. Perhaps these Jewish ladies were becoming jealous of the growing liberation of non-Jewish women in United States. Perhaps Jewish women, for cultural reasons, are more naturally attracted to the ideologies of feminism. Jewish writer Marjorie Ingall describes how Jewish women are receptive to feminism by quoting Jewish feminist Naomi Wolf: We have a political history going back to the socialist and labor movements, where women were organizers and rabble-rousers. Or perhaps many Jewish women truly were being unfairly oppressed in certain areas of life and wanted to take action. Third-Wave feminist Naomi Wolf A quick Wikipedia search for list of Jewish feminists brings up an admittedly incomplete list of 114 names. Most of the women listed were born in the 20th century. The Jewish Womens Archive website is a comprehensive website dedicated to key Jewish feminists, containing 1,193 profiles. If one simply searches for list of feminists on Wikipedia, the page youre directed to contains 770 names dating all the way back to the 13th century. The most comprehensive database when searching google for list of feminists seems to be Wikipedia. Lets be as fair as possible hereand assumethat the Wikipedia list of 770 feminists contains no Jewish feminists. So lets add the 114 Jewish feminists to this list to get a total of 884 Wikipedia worthy feminists. We then take 114 divided by 884 and multiply by 100. The percentage of Wikipedia reported feminists of Jewish descent comes to 12.9%. However, this quick calculation doesnt take into account the Jewish Womens Archive of 1,193 noteworthy feminists of Jewish descent and assumes that none of the feminists on the Wikipedia list of 770 are Jewish (when in fact many are). Also, the list of 770 feminists dates back several hundred years, whereas the list of 114 Wikipedia Jewish feminists is mostly 20th century and beyond. Jews make up 1.7-2.6% of the American population. As such, to have adequate proportional representation in the feminist movement, there would only have to be two or three Jews at most for every 100 American feminist leaders. This doesnt seem to be the case though, at least according to a simple internet search. On a related note, we also need to keep in mind that disproportionate Jewish representation is also present in the US Congress 8.4%, the Supreme Court 33% or 3/9 Justices, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors confirmed 40% or 2/5 current members (Janet Yellen and Stanley Fischer are Jewish and are also the Chair and Vice-Chair of Federal Reserve Board of Governors), and higher level academia. Ginsburg, Kagan, and Breyer are the three Jewish Supreme Court Justices The Jewish feminism that started within the Jewish community seems to have become part of the bigger feminist movement taking place in America. Thus, the very small demographic of Jewish women in this country (roughly 1% of the population) seems to have a ridiculously large representation within the overall feminist movement. Lets explore only a few of these very influential feminists of Jewish descent: Judy Blume: Born 1938. Blume is an American writer with a target audience of children and young adults, with book sales over 80 million. She has written novels about racism, menstruation, divorce (Its Not the End of the World, Just As Long As Were Together), bullying, and masturbation. Judith Butler: Born 1956. Butler is a gender theorist and a philosopher. She teaches at the University of California, Berkeley. Butler has written a book called Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity that was published in 1990. This book is considered the cream of the crop by many feminists when it comes to queer theory and postmodern poststructural feminism (whatever that means). Andrea Dworkin: 1946-2005. Many of you guys have probably heard of Dworkin. She was a radical feminist. Dworkin, among other things, was vehemently anti-porn because she said it has links to rape. This is somewhat ironic, considering there is heavy Jewish influence in the pornography industry. Radical feminist Andrea Dworkin Shulamith Firestone: 1945-2012. Firestone was apparently schizophrenic (according to a commemorative piece in The New Yorker published after her death) and was also a key player in the formation of radical feminist ideals. She was the author of The Dialectic of Sex: The Case For Feminist Revolution which was published in 1970. This book has essentially been labeled as the boldest and clearest book ever written on radical feminism. Or, according to Naomi Wolf (another Jewish Feminist): No one can understand how feminism has evolved without reading this radical, inflammatory second-wave landmark. I certainly hope Naomi Wolf didnt know that Firestone was schizophrenic Betty Friedan: 1921-2006. Friedan is a very big name in feminist circles. She was a leading figure of the womens movement. She was a writer, an actor, and an ardent feminist. Friedan wrote The Feminine Mystique, published in 1963, a book which many argue helped to spark second-wave American feminism. By the year 2000, the book had sold over 3 million copies. Brenda Howard: 1946-2005. Howard was an important figure in setting the tone for the present day LGBT rights movement, especially when it came to organizing SJW rallies. She was a sex-positive feminist and a bisexual rights activist. Manosphere readers will appreciate a quip made on July 27th, 2005 by Tom Limoncelli (a bi-sexual rights advocate): The next time someone asks you why LGBT Pride marches exist or why Gay Pride Month is June tell them A bisexual woman named Brenda Howard thought it should be. If Limoncelli wasnt clear enough as to just how much influence this woman had, how about this statement made by Brenda Howards partner Larry Nelson and published on June 17th, 2014 in a piece called Remembering Brenda: An Ode To the Mother of Pride: You needed some kind of help organizing some type of protest or something in social justice? All you had to do was call her and shell just say when and where. Erica Jong: Born 1942. Jong was a teacher and an author. She has been divorced three times but is now married again (this seems to be a common theme among these women). She wrote a sexually controversial book published in 1973 called Fear of Flying that played a big role in second-wave feminism. The book has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. Gloria Steinem: Born 1934. Steinems mother was apparently not Jewish, but even so her name pops up on the Jewish Womens Archive website if you search for it. Steinem was the leader and spokesperson for the late 60s-early-70s feminist movement. Interestingly, Steinem admitted having ties to the Central Intelligence Agency on camera (yea, the CIA of all people), but she supposedly broke her CIA ties before she became a feminist leader. Youll have to travel further down the rabbit hole if you want more answers on this one. Gloria Steinem throwing up that silly Illuminati pyramid thing that all the celebs do Naomi Wolf: Born 1962. Wolf was a political advisor to Bill Clinton and Al Gore. She is an author and a journalist that has covered the topics of abortion and the Occupy Wall Street movement. Wolf has essentially become the spokeswoman of third-wave feminism (the term third-wave feminism was coined by Rebecca Walker, a woman who identifies herself as black, white and Jewish) Wolf also just had to write about how Nazi Germany came to power in her book The End of America. If you want some entertainment, check out this YouTube video where Wolf tries to explain why we need feminism but is totally destroyed on stage by anti-feminist YouTuber Karen Straughan. Larisa Alexandrovna: Born 1971. Alexandrovna was managing editor of Investigative News at The Raw Story for about three years. She was a blogger for the Huffington Post and her own blog as well. She has reportedly had her work referenced in Rolling Stone magazine, Vanity Fair, and Newsweek. Lisa Bloom: Born 1961. Bloom is the only child of Gloria Allred (another feminist listed below in this article). She, like her mother, is an American civil rights attorney. She was the anchor on truTVs In Session from 2001-2009. Bloom is a legal analyst for The Today Show and also contributor to NBC Nightly News and MSNBC. Susan Estrich: Born 1952. Estrich is a political commentator for Fox News, a feminist advocate, political operative, author, professor, and a lawyer. She wrote a book published in 2005 called The Case for Hillary Clinton. (oh, great) A fair and balanced report from Susan Estrich. Mayim Bialik: Born 1975. Bialik is an American actress and also a neuroscientist. She played Dr. Amy Fowler on CBSs The Big Bang Theory. This is an interesting coincidence, as an article was published right here on ROK about the blue pill ills of The Big Bang Theory. Hanne Blank: Born 1969. Blank is a historian, writer, editor and also a public speaker. Blank has written and edited erotica in the past. She believes in fat rights (fat acceptance). Judy Chicago: Born 1939. Chicago is an artist, art educator, and does collaborative art instillation pieces of feminist art. She collaborated with her third husband (here we go again with the multiple husbands theme) to create The Holocaust Project: From Darkness into Light (1985-1993). Eve Ensler: Born 1953. Supposedly, only Enslers father was Jewish, but she did grow up in a Jewish community and was given the Lion of Judah Award by the United Jewish Communities in 2002. Ensler is a playwright, performer, feminist and activist. She is best known for writing the famous 1996 play The Vagina Monologues. For any college students reading this, it wouldnt surprise me if a rendition of The Vagina Monologues showed up on your campus at some point; it showed up on my campus and was hosted by the campus feminist organization in 2011. Sarah Michelle Gellar: Born 1977. Gellar is a producer and an actress, starring or playing supporting roles in a plethora of TV shows and movies including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Scream 2, and as Daphne in Scooby Doo (2002). Sarah Michelle Gellar plays her role in Scooby Doo Nina Hartley: Born 1959. Hartley is an American author, sex educator, sex-positive feminist, pornographic film director, and American pornographic actress. She has been recognized with numerous awards throughout her career. She did an interview on The Young Turks and was introduced as legendary by Cenk Uygur. She apparently was known as the best ass in the business in her days of youth and specialized in lesbian scenes. Check out her Young Turks interview on YouTube. Hartleys case struck me as somewhat more interesting because it has been suggested by many people that the Jewish community has a powerful influence on this nations pornography industry. Dr. Nathan Abrams, a Jewish Professor at Bangor University in the UK has essentially said that the Jews were the driving force behind the modern day porn industry. In fact, he even wrote a piece about it in Jewish Quarterly called Triple-exthnics. Dr. Nathan Abrams Bella Abzug: 1920-1998. Abzug was an American lawyer, U.S. Representative, social activist, and a leader of the Womens Movement. She helped to found the National Womens Political Caucus with Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan. Abzug also did womens rights work under Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. Gloria Allred: Born 1941. Allred is an American civil rights lawyer and commonly takes high profile cases. She has been involved in many womens rights cases including representing at least seventeen women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault, harassment, or other misconduct. A gay couple celebrates with Gloria Allred (middle) under a chuppah after being granted a marriage license in California in 2008 Shulamit Aloni: 1928-2014. Aloni was an Israeli politician and founder of the Ratz party. She was also a leader of the Meretz party and served as the Israeli Minister of Education for a year. She won the Israel Prize in 2000. Although Aloni isnt an American, I chose to include her because of the following exchange that took place in a 2002 interview with American journalist Amy Goodman; During this short video, Aloni explains that charges of anti-Semitism are a trick we always use to suppress criticism of Israel coming from within the United States. If the criticism is coming from Europe, Aloni suggests that we bring up the Holocaust. Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Born 1933. Hopefully all American readers recognize this name. Ginsburg is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, appointed by Clinton in 1993. I highly recommend all readers review her voting record on social issues. Elena Kagan: Born 1960. Hopefully, American readers will recognize this name as well. Kagan too is a Jewish feminist and an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She came into power under Obamas Presidency. This article on feminist.org reveals her confirmation was in fact endorsed by a feminist majority back in 2010. Elena Kagan in 2009 She is now one of the most powerful judges in America Rachel Adler: Born 1943. Adler is the Professor of Modern Jewish Thought and Judaism and Gender at Hebrew Union College (the Los Angeles campus). She reportedly played a key role in integrating feminist perspectives into Jewish texts. Rebecca Alpert: Born 1950. Alpert is a professor in the Departments of Religion and Womens Studies at Temple University. She is currently serving as the Senior Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Daniel Boyarin: Born 1946. He holds dual US and Israeli citizenship (Sound familiar to any US politicians? Click here or here for more info on the dual citizenship of many US government officials). Boyarin has been a Professor of Talmudic Culture at the University of California, Berkeley since 1990. Susan Brownmiller: Born 1935. Brownmiller is an American feminist, journalist, author, and activist best known for her work Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape published in 1975. She supposedly argues in the book that because rape is defined by men, women get shafted (not necessarily in those words, and no pun intended). Feminist Author Susan Brownmiller Aviva Cantor: Born 1940. Cantor is an American journalist, author, lecturer, and advocate of feminism and Jewish communal life. She helped fund a Socialist Zionist organization called Jewish Liberation in New York in 1968. Hlne Cixous: Born 1937. Cixous is a professor, poet, writer, playwright, philosopher, etc. She was appointed as A.D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University from 2008-2014. Jane Evans: 1907-2004. From 1933-1976, Evans was the Executive Director of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods (which is now known as the Women of Reform Judaism).Jane Evans was also the President of the National Peace Conference in 1950. I encourage all readers check out the Women of Reform Judaism website and review their statements on the immigration crisis in Europe and other social justice issues. Susan Faludi: Born 1959. Faludi wrote a book published in 1991 called Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women. She also wrote a book analyzing the 9/11 attacks and how they supposedly reinvigorated an American environment that is hostile to women. Feminist Author Susan Faludi Ilana Gliechbloom: Born 1986. Gliechbloom is a Judaic studies teacher at Abraham Joshua Heschel High School in New York City. She has made notable appearances at (surprise, surprise) The Vagina Monologues. Susannah Heschel: Born 1956. Heschel teaches Jewish Studies at Dartmouth and is an American author. Her published works include Insider/Outsider: American Jews and Multiculturalism and On Being a Jewish Feminist. And speaking of Jewish multiculturalism and massive illegal immigration, listen to what Barbara Lerner Spectre (a Jewish woman) had to say about multiculturalism in European countries in this 2010 video. I would say that after watching this video, you must ask yourself Is it a coincidence? that Spectres thoughts match up nicely with the views of Women of Reform Judaism, described above. Paula Hyman: 1946-2011. Hyman taught Jewish History at Yale University. She was the first female dean at the Seminary College of Jewish Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary from 1981 to 1986. Hyman published many feminist oriented works. This has been merely a shallow dive into the depths of Jewish involvement in American feminism. Sure, anybody can log on to Google and come up with all kinds of names of non-Jewish feminists (simply because non-Jews make up about 98% of the population); but I dont see how any reasonable person can objectively deny the fact that Jews are indeed over-represented in the feminist movement. In the last half-century (roughly), Jewish feminists have involved themselves in every level of American cultural infrastructure including the government, justice system, media, entertainment, education and books, and even the porn industry verifying the information presented here and following the links of this article will make this stunningly obvious. Jewish women make up roughly 1% of the entire American population; and yet a relatively large percentage of the most powerful and influential second and third-wave feminist leaders off all time are Jewish. Bella Abzug photographed in 1978 with New York Mayor Ed Koch (left) and President Jimmy Carter Is it simply a cultural imperative that drives so many Jewish women to take part in feminism and culturally destructive policymaking? Some would argue it may simply be a consequence of an IQ difference that drives Jews to excel and fill leadership positions. Others make the claim that disproportionate Jewish involvement in politics is part of a more organized conspiracy to intentionally destroy the moral fabric of mostly white, traditionally Christian societies. Im not here to answer the reasons why, but rather to simply point out the obvious disproportional representation of Jews in the feminist movement. It is generally agreed upon in the manosphere (at least hopefully it is by now) that feminism is a tool that is being utilized to destroy the family unit and to get females into the work force, which generates more tax dollars and benefits corporations and politicians through mindless consumption. I know this is a difficult subject for some, and can even create cognitive dissonance, but the reality is becoming nearly impossible to objectively deny that Jewish influence has the lions share of control over second and third-wave feminism, even though Jews represent only a tiny fraction of the American population. If you like this article and are concerned about the future of the Western world, check out Roosh’s book Free Speech Isn’t Free. It gives an inside look to how the globalist establishment is attempting to marginalize masculine men with a leftist agenda that promotes censorship, feminism, and sterility. 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richards | November 29, 2017 In the 1970s, a movement known as Jewish feminism started in the American Jewish community. It was a movement that originally sought to make Jewish woman superior to equal to Jewish men. Category: Jewish American Heritage Month | Comments Off on Why Is There A Prolific Jewish Presence In The American Tags: richards | November 24, 2017 Current undergraduate and graduate students can explore New York City through our Passport to Museums program. With your CUID and semester validation sticker you can visit over 30 museums that generously provide Columbia students with free admission. Category: Jewish American Heritage Month | Comments Off on Passport to Museums | Arts Initiative Columbia University Tags: richards | November 21, 2017 Sociologists Helen Kim and Noah Leavitt look on during their son Aris bris. Category: Jewish American Heritage Month | Comments Off on Part Asian-American, All Jewish? : Code Switch : NPR Tags: admin | September 29, 2017 in 1923 in the state of Massachusetts. He now goes by the name, Sumner Redstone Category: Jewish American Heritage Month | Comments Off on The Jewish Debasing Of American Culture | Real Jew News Tags: simmons | September 29, 2017 The Asian American Heritage Committee promotes awareness of Asian and Asian American cultures in the United Federation of Teachers and the broader labor movement. We accomplish this goal by hosting a wide array of events throughout the year and participating in all union activities. Category: Jewish American Heritage Month | Comments Off on Asian American Heritage Committee | United Federation of Tags: admin | September 20, 2017 The Annual Russian Heritage Month celebrates and honors the rich diversity of cultural traditions brought to the U.S. from the many countries of the former Soviet Union. The Russian-speaking community plays an indispensable role in the culture, economic and social life of New York, the US and the world. Category: Jewish American Heritage Month | Comments Off on 15th Annual Russian Heritage Month rhmonth.org Tags: admin | August 25, 2017 A judge in Belarus approved the construction of apartments atop two former Jewish cemeteries. Category: Jewish American Heritage Month | Comments Off on Belarus court OKs luxury flats atop former Jewish cemeteries Cleveland Jewish News Tags: richards | August 25, 2017 BBC News Trump economic aide Gary Cohn chides him on Charlottesville BBC News US President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser has criticised the White House’s response to a far-right rally this month in Virginia. National Economic Council director Gary Cohn told the .. Category: Jewish American Heritage Month | Comments Off on Trump economic aide Gary Cohn chides him on Charlottesville BBC News Tags: simmons | August 25, 2017 The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation unveiled a historical marker at Crescenta Valley Community Regional Park in La Crescenta on Aug. 18that includes an explanation of the parks historical ties to Nazis. Category: Jewish American Heritage Month | Comments Off on La Crescenta Parks Nazi ties reflected in new historical marker Jewish Journal Tags: richards | August 24, 2017 On Wednesday, a new month began in the lunar calendars of Jews and Muslims. And it couldnt have come soon enough Category: Jewish American Heritage Month | Comments Off on Jews and Muslims are natural allies against religious discrimination The Hill (blog) Tags:

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Jewish American Heritage Month is a month to celebrate the contributions Jewish Americans have made to America since the arrival of the first Jewish immigrants in New Amsterdam in 1654. Every year since 1980, Congress and the President have acted together to declare an official observance to recognize the contributions of Jewish Americans to American society. Since 2006, Congress and the President have proclaimed that the month of May is Jewish American Heritage Month. On April 28, 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued this years proclamation. In his statement, President Trump said: The achievements of American Jews are felt throughout American society and culture, in every field and in every profession. American Jews have built institutions of higher learning, hospitals, and manifold cultural and philanthropic organizations. As this is a law blog, we thought we would take a look at three Jewish Americans who were among the earliest to contribute to the legal profession in America: Asser Levy van Swellem The government of the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam (which became New York after its capture by the English in 1664) did not recognize attorneys as a distinct profession. In its court, the Court of the Schout, Burgomaster and Shepens, neither the judges nor the advocates had the benefit of formal legal education. But since cases were nevertheless tried, people found it useful to rely on whoever among their neighbors was most skillful at pressing claims in court to represent them when the need arose. One person who frequently appeared as an advocate in the court records of the time was a Jewish man named Asser Levy van Swellem (d. 1680). Although he was probably born and raised in Amsterdam, Asser Levy was connected to the group of 23 Jewish immigrants who arrived from Brazil in 1654, a group that is often thought of as the first Jewish immigrants to the region that would later become the United States (Jews, however, likely arrived in what is now New Mexico somewhat before this time). A butcher by trade, he became one of the first licensed butchers in the colony.Within a year of his arrival, he successfully petitioned the governor to remove a ban on Jews bearing arms in defense of the colony and to undo a discriminatory tax. In 1657, he successfully petitioned the governor to remove a ban on Jews enjoyment of certain trade privileges. In an astonishingly short time, he built trade relations with partners as far away as New England and built relationships with merchants in Holland whose interests he represented in court. By 1661, he purchased an estate near Albany, as well as a piece of land in lower Manhattan (becoming the first Jewish citizen to own land in New York City). By 1664, he was counted among the wealthy men of the colony who were asked to finance the defense of the city from the English. In the meantime, he participated in several dozen lawsuits, representing himself and many others, both in New York and in neighboring Connecticut. His name appears frequently as a trustee and as executor of a number of Christian wills. Records show he contributed funds for the construction of the citys first Lutheran Church. Toward the end of his life, he owned a successful tavern and a slaughterhouse in New York City. Isaac Miranda One of the earliest known Jewish settlers of Pennsylvania was Isaac Miranda (d. 1733). He was said to have come to Philadelphia from Tuscany, Italy, by way of London as early as 1710, and may have been the first Jewish resident of that city. He settled in Lancaster in 1715, where he is known to be the first Jewish inhabitant. Other families soon followed, so that by 1740, there were ten Jewish families in Lancaster. Although he kept a collection of Hebrew books, which he brought with him from abroad, he maintained that he was a Christian; he likely converted to marry his wife, Mary Raynolds, in London before coming to America. The secretary of the province of Pennsylvania, James Logan, described him in 1723 as a superficial convert to Christianity. The accusation was not trivial. Under William Penns Charter of Pennsylvania, Jews were free to worship, but they could not vote or hold public office. In 1727, the colonial administration appointed him agent to receive and collect the perquisites and rights of Admiralty, and on June 19, 1727, he was made a deputy judge of the Vice-Admiralty Court. This appointment made Miranda the first Jew to hold a judicial office in America. Over time, Miranda grew wealthy from trade with Native Americans and came to own a significant amount of land, including two houses in Philadelphia. He died in Lancaster in 1733. A daguerreotype by Matthew Brady depicting Sampson Simson between 1844 and 1857 [Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division] After the English seized New York from Dutch control, the colony prohibited Jews from practicing law. This prohibition remained in force for most of the 18th century until it was lifted after the enactment of the New York Constitution of 1777. It was not until 1802, however, that a Jewish attorney was admitted to the New York bar. His name was Sampson Simson (1780-1857). Simson was born in Danbury, Connecticut, where his father, also named Sampson Simson, had taken his family when the British occupied New York during the War for Independence. Sampson Simson the elder was a successful shipowner; his success left his son with a large fortune that supported him throughout his life. Sampson Simson (the younger) graduated from Columbia College in 1800, the first Jew to graduate from that institution. He read law with Aaron Burr (the sitting vice president of the United States) between 1800 and 1802 and practiced law in the law office of J.L. and H.L. Riker at 150 Nassau Street. He practiced law for a short timeonly a few yearsbefore an accident left him temporarily disabled. Afterwards, he retired to his farm in Yonkers for a life of charitable work and philanthropy. It is for this work that he is most remembered. Chief among his accomplishments was his role in founding in 1852 the Jews Hospital, renamed Mount Sinai Hospital in 1866. The hospital was built on land donated by Simson on W. 28th St. between 7th and 8th Avenues. He served as the first president of its board of directors and for the remaining years of his life personally assumed many of the hospitals financial burdens. In 1856, he helped to fund the purchase of the Welsh Chapel on Allen Street to house theBeth Hamedrash Hagodol, a new and rapidly growing Orthodox Jewish congregation. He bequeathed a large sum of money to the North American Relief Society for Indigent Jews in Jerusalem, an organization that supported the impoverished Jewish community then living in Ottoman Palestine. Myer S. Isaacs (1841-1904), a Jewish attorney and philanthropist who lived in New York throughout the second half of the 19th century, recorded his personal recollections of Simson in 1902. He remembered Simson and his father chatting endlessly about their memories of the important men of the founding generation as well as about their religious and philanthropic activities. He recalls: He affected the old fashioned costume, sometimes wearing knee breeches and buckles. He was above the average height, very stiff and upright in his bearing. His hair was white and he wore it in long wavy locks. His spectacles were of great size. His habitual walk was in short, quick steps-and he carried a silver headed cane, upon which he would lean when seated. His voice was not musical and he rarely laughed. He was exacting and even tyrannical-would not endure criticism or contractionthere were men he did not like and he let them perceive it quicklyHe was precise in his religious views, rose very early and spent some time at his devotionshe was interested in prison reformHe was a great admirer of Andrew Jackson and preserved a stick presented to him by the President. He was captain of a regiment of Militia, but it is not known that he took part in active service. In the practice of law, he was always considerate towards colored people. He was specially interested in agricultural affairs; new machines attracted him.

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Posted By richards on November 21, 2017 Sociologists Helen Kim and Noah Leavitt look on during their son Aris bris. Theyve worked together to research how kids with mixed Asian-American and Jewish heritage think about faith. The Kim-Leavitt family hide caption Sociologists Helen Kim and Noah Leavitt look on during their son Aris bris. Theyve worked together to research how kids with mixed Asian-American and Jewish heritage think about faith. I was five years old when my mother threatened to give me away to journalist Connie Chung. Chung and her husband, Maury Povich, had just announced their intention to adopt a half-Chinese, half-Jewish child. At this, my mother, watching on TV in our living room, did a double take. She looked at the screen. Then she looked at me, her half-Chinese, half-Jewish, fully-misbehaving daughter. How would you like to go live with that woman? she said. It was then that I had a startling realization: I was special. Not special in the way that everyones kids are special I mean really special. I, with my chubby Chinese cheeks and frizzy Jewish hair, was a unique snowflake, shaped like the Star of David, dusted with matcha green tea powder. Im special! I announced. Famous people want to adopt me! Mom rolled her eyes as if to say, oy vey. Only later would I learn the truth: Not everyone was as thrilled about my heritage as I was. The problem was mainly on the Jewish side. As I grew up, announcing I was Jewish often felt like trying to cross a border with borrowed credentials, in Joan Didions words. But you dont look Jewish! came the incredulous reply. Some even implied that the union that produced me was nothing less than a threat to the Jewish people that I was what was wrong with Judaism today. This view, it turns out, is ancient. You shall not marry (gentiles), you shall not give your daughter to their son because he will lead your son astray from Me and they will serve strange gods, it is said in Deuteronomy. Thousands of years later, many still share this opinion. Intermarriage is a serious concern, Steven Cohen, a professor at Hebrew Union College, told me recently. It weakens Jewish commitment and diminishes the number of people who identify as Jews. Cohen was referring to the fact that children of intermarried Jews tend to be less religiously Jewish than those born to two Jewish parents, as found in the Pew Research Centers 2013 Portrait of Jewish Americans. But theres another way of looking at it. While they may be less religious, more and more mixed-race Jews are choosing to identify as Jewish. Among the adult children of intermarried parents surveyed, as many as 59 percent identified as Jews. Kosher or not, no amount of hand-wringing will change the fact that intermarriage is happening. Since 2005, 6 in 10 Jews who married chose a non-Jewish partner, according to the Pew report. Faced with this reality, even staunch anti-intermarriage scholars are beginning to make concessions. Upon realizing that I was a mixed-race Jew, for instance, Cohen still encouraged me to marry Jewish. He also assured me that even if I didnt I would still be welcomed by the Jewish community. Mazel tov? Two scholars on the forefront of understanding the changing face of Judaism are Helen Kim and Noah Leavitt, sociologists at Whitman College in Washington state. For the last decade, Kim and Leavitt have trained their attention on the intersection of Jewish and Asian cultures. This is no coincidence: The two are a Korean-Jewish couple, raising two Reform Jewish children. Every week, they celebrate Shabbat dinner, observe the Sabbath as a day of rest and perform the Havdalah service as a family. President Barack Obama puts his arm around Rabbi Angela Buchdahl during a White House Hanukkah reception in Dec. 2014. Buchdahl, who is Korean-American and Jewish, leads New York Citys Central Synagogue. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption President Barack Obama puts his arm around Rabbi Angela Buchdahl during a White House Hanukkah reception in Dec. 2014. Buchdahl, who is Korean-American and Jewish, leads New York Citys Central Synagogue. Kims and Leavitts interest began when, flipping through the The New York Times style section, they noticed something strange. Suddenly, it seemed that more and more couples looked like them. Jewish-Asian pairings filled the news, from Tiger Mom Amy Chua and husband Jed Rubenfeld to Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan. Some children of these marriages are grown up and in the news, too. Angela Buchdahl, the wildly popular Korean-American rabbi of New York Citys Central Synagogue, has written about facing challenges to her faith as a young adult. 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, Buchdahl recalled in a 2003 essay in the journal Shma. Once, she even told her mother she wanted to give up Judaism. Is that possible? her mother asked. It was only at that moment that I realized I could no sooner stop being a Jew than I could stop being Korean, or female, or me, Buchdahl wrote. The affinity between Jews and Asians has some grounding in culture, according to Kim and Leavitt. In 2012, they published a study that sought to explain what draws these two ancient cultures together. Both Asians and Jews, they found, shared deeply ingrained values of academic achievement, strong family ties and frugality. There are also fewer religious barriers: While Asian-Americans may subscribe to a philosophical system like Buddhism, less often do they have overt religious beliefs that clash with Judaism. As the pair began to raise their two children Ari, 6, and Talia, 3 their questions changed. How would Jewish values translate to mixed-race kids, they wondered? Sociologists Helen Kim and Noah Leavitt with their children Talia and Ari. The Kim-Leavitt family hide caption Sociologists Helen Kim and Noah Leavitt with their children Talia and Ari. This was the logical next step, says Leavitt. We wanted to know how these kids are going to make sense of the different strands of who they are. So they decided to do something novel: ask the kids themselves. For their next study, published last month in the Journal of Jewish Identities, Kim and Leavitt conducted in-depth interviews with 22 children of Jewish-Asian marriages. What they found flew in the face of the scenario Cohen described. Overwhelmingly, the young adults they talked to considered themselves Jews no ish about it. The majority grew up going to Hebrew school or Jewish day school, attending synagogue, celebrating the High Holidays and feeling part of a larger Jewish community. Half had been bar or bat mitzvahed. Most wanted to pass on a sense of Jewish identity to their own children. These kids are Jewish, they really are, says Kim. Unfortunately, a strong sense of personal Jewishness didnt stop the haters. At school, in the synagogue and in casual conversation, respondents recalled getting the same doubtful looks and comments that I did. If it wasnt Funny, you dont look Jewish, it was Oh, you must mean half-Jewish. (This is usually the case when your father is Jewish; in more traditional strains of Judaism, it is believed that Jewish identity flows through the maternal line.) Refreshingly, the respondents managed to turn these confrontations into opportunities. They felt that they had to assert their Jewishness in a much stronger way, says Kim. So theyd end up saying, I am legitimately Jewish, and youre wrong in your assumptions about me and Jews. As an exploratory first paper, the study was limited. Besides the small sample size, almost all of the participants had Chinese or Japanese heritage, and none were raised Orthodox Jewish. Nevertheless, Kim and Leavitts approach is highly original and needed, says Keren McGinity, the editor of the journal in which the work was published, and a Jewish historian at Brandeis University who specializes in intermarriage. The very idea that there can be multi-racial, multi-ethnic Jews is a wake-up call. Far from being diluted, these mixed-race Jews saw themselves as critical to what todays Jewish values are all about. For them, multi-raciality and Jewishness are intrinsically tied together, the authors wrote. These kids are thinking about being Jewish in a variety of ways, says Leavitt. Spiritually, religiously, culturally, ethically. Its a huge smorgasbord of what parts of Judaism they draw on to connect with. What Do You Mean, Half-Jewish? This question is always a tricky one. Do I cite my grandmothers matzo ball soup? My love for the lilt of Hebrew prayer? The fact that I was so drawn to my Jewish roots that I ended up working for a Jewish magazine? Like Buchdahl, I can no more explain what makes me feel Jewish than what makes me feel Chinese, or female, or human. I usually go with, It means I really, really like Chinese food. The point, for Kim and Leavitt, is that todays Jews have a choice. For millennia, being Jewish was like being pregnant: You either were, or you werent. But as the number of Jews with hyphenated identities continues to rise, that idea needs rethinking. Maybe it isnt an all-or-nothing affair. Maybe the question shouldnt be, Are you Jewish? but: How are you Jewish? Maybe, for some, being chosen can be a choice. Rachel is a writer and editor at Moment Magazine, an independent Jewish magazine. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, WIRED, New Scientist and Slate. Follow her on Twitter at @rachelegross. Go here to see the original: Part Asian-American, All Jewish? : Code Switch : NPR Category: Jewish American Heritage Month Tags:

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