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“As a Jewish woman of Color…” is how I begin most conversations these days.

Because of my intersectional identity, I am in both predominantly Jewish and Black spaces quite often and find myself having to explain my Jewish identity to both...

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Fifteen years ago, I met evil personified: I was on bus #14 in Jerusalem when an 18-year-old terrorist, strapped with explosives, boarded my bus and detonated them.

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My fascination with the story of the Jewish people and my partner’s strong connection to her Jewish identity motivated me to take an online Introduction to Judaism class.

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Becoming a bat mitzvah as an adult was one of the high points in my life; I felt proud to be Jewish in a way I had never previously experienced.