The Colors of Jews: Racial Politics and Radical Diasporism

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Indiana University Press, 2007 - Social Science - 296 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

1 ARE JEWS WHITE?
1
WHATS WHITE?
2
THE PEOPLE OF CONTRADICTIONS
10
APARTHEIDAMERICAN STYLE
16
RACE OR RELIGION?
26
CHRISTIAN CENTRICITY
30
2 BLACKJEWISH IMAGINARY AND REAL
33
AM I POSSIBLE
37
THE PLACE TO GO FOR A PROGRESSIVE JEWISH VOICE
135
5 JUDAISM IS THE COLOR OF THIS ROOM
139
AYECHA NATIONAL
142
IVRINASAWILEVANTINE CENTER INTERNATIONAL
148
BETH SHALOM BNAI ZAKEN ETHIOPIAN HEBREW CONGREGATION CHICAGO
156
BETA ISRAEL OF NORTH AMERICA INTERNATIONAL
160
CONGREGATION NAHALAT SHALOM ALBUQUERQUE
164
CENTER FOR AFROJEWISH STUDIES PHILADELPHIA
172

EXODUS
47
MEDIA COVERAGE
49
MEDIA HYPE
51
SOLIDARITY
57
NATIONALISM AND FEMINISM
60
3 WHO IS THIS STRANGER?
67
THE CULTURES OF JEWS
73
SEPHARDIM
80
POSTCOLONIAL JEWS
85
FEMINIST RITUAL
87
DEASHKENIZATION
89
US JEWS
99
4 PRAYING WITH OUR LEGS
105
JEWISH COUNCIL ON URBAN AFFAIRS CHICAGO
111
JEWS UNITED FOR JUSTICE STLOUIS
118
JEWISH COMMUNITY ACTION MINNEAPOLIS
124
JEWS FOR RACIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE NEW YORK
127
CENTRAL REFORM SYNAGOGUE ST LOUIS
181
JEWS OF COLOR SPEAK OUT
185
TRANSFORMATION IN PARTNERSHIP
188
6 TOWARD A NEW DIASPORISM
193
IF I FORGET THEE O DOIKAYT O HAVIVA OTTOMANIA
195
HOME
196
DIASPORISM AND THE HOLOCAUSE
200
ISRAEL AND DIASPORISM
204
ANTISEMITISM AND DIASPORISM
207
RADICAL JUSTICESEEKING
213
SHIFTING THE CENTER
219
DIASPORISM AND THE COLORS OF JEWS
221
NOTES
227
BIBLIOGRAPHY
257
INDEX
269
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Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz is Adjunct Professor in Comparative Literature and Women's Studies at Queens College of CUNY and has taught in the Bard Women's Prison Initiative. She is a feminist scholar and poet whose many books include The Issue Is Power: Essays on Women, Jews, Violence and Resistance; My Jewish Face & Other Stories; and The Tribe of Dina: A Jewish Women's Anthology (with Irena Klepfisz). She lives in Elmhurst, New York.

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