Colors of Jews: Racial Politics and Radical Diasporism / Edition 1

Colors of Jews: Racial Politics and Radical Diasporism / Edition 1

by Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253219272

ISBN-13: 9780253219275

Pub. Date: 05/17/2007

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz exposes and challenges the common assumptions about whom and what Jews are, by presenting in their own voices, Jews of color from the Iberian Peninsula, Asia, Africa, and India. Drawing from her earlier work on Jews and whiteness, Kaye/Kantrowitz delves into the largely uncharted territory of Jews of color and argues that Jews are an

Overview

Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz exposes and challenges the common assumptions about whom and what Jews are, by presenting in their own voices, Jews of color from the Iberian Peninsula, Asia, Africa, and India. Drawing from her earlier work on Jews and whiteness, Kaye/Kantrowitz delves into the largely uncharted territory of Jews of color and argues that Jews are an increasingly multiracial people—a fact that, if acknowledged and embraced, could foster cross-race solidarity to help combat racism. This engaging and eye-opening book examines the historical and contemporary views on Jews and whiteness as well as the complexities of African/Jewish relations, the racial mix and disparate voices of the Jewish community, contemporary Jewish anti-racist and multicultural models, and the diasporic state of Jewish life in the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253219275
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
05/17/2007
Edition description:
Annotated
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
Preface
A Note on Language
Acknowledgments

1. Are Jews White?
What's White
The People of Contradictions
Apartheid/American Style
Jews: Race or Religion?
Christian Centricity
2. Black/Jewish Imaginary and Real
Real 1: The Black/Jewish Tangle
Real 2: Am I Possible?
Imaginary 1: Exodus
Imaginary 2: Media Coverage
Imaginary 3: Media Hype
Real 3: Solidarity
Real 4: Nationalism and Feminism
3. Who Is This Stranger?
The Cultures of Jews
Mizrahim
Sephardim
Post-Colonial Jews
Feminist Ritual
Ashkenazim
De-Ashkenization
U.S. Jews
4. Praying with Our Legs
Fighting Slumlords, Building Coalitions: Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (Chicago)
Confronting Power in the Jewish Community: Jews United for Justice (St. Louis)
Trying to Change Congregational Life: Jewish Community Action (Minneapolis)
Bringing Our Bodies to the Picket Line: Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (New York)
The Place to Go for a Progressive Jewish Voice
5. Judaism Is the Color of This Room
The Temple of My Familiar: Ayecha (National)
Crossing Many Borders: Ivri-NASAWI/Levantine Center (International)
A Mixed Multitude: Beth Shalom B'nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation (Chicago)
Respect and Knowledge: Beta Israel of North America (International)
Hospitality Is the First Principle: Congregation Naharat Shalom (Albuquerque)
Jews Were All People of Color: Center for Afro-Jewish Studies (Philadelphia)
I Promised Them It Wasn't Going to Happen Again: Central Reform Synagogue (St. Louis)
Jews of Color Speak Out
Transformation in Partnership
6. Toward a New Diasporism
If I Forget Thee O Jerusalem
If I Forget Thee O Doikayt, O Haviva Ottomania
Home
Diasporism and the Holocaust
Israel and Diasporism
Anti-Semitism and Diasporism
A Jewish Tradition: Radical Justice-Seeking
To Change the Way Racism Is Fought: Shifting the Center
Diasporism and the Colors of Jews

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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