It is crucial that we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us today, and to come and work together, for all of us, right? Remembering that any one of us could have become a motherless child is part of that, no?
I believe that attention to shared histories, as in DC, may provide part of an answer. I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:
” … Shalom. Assistance rendered by members of the Hanafi sect to both Ohev Shalom and Tifereth Israel members on various occasions inspires the hope that
neighbors can learn from and work with each other to build longer lasting cooperative structures. Ongoing efforts at cooperation between the Jewish and
Black communities will be discussed in later chapters. Shepherd Park and nearby Takoma, DC are also home to individual Jews of Color, who combine the identities of people born into the African-American community, with
membership, by birth or by choice, in the Jewish community.
African-Americans As Part Of The Jewish Community: On The Inside Looking Out
“Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child…” -Negro Spiritual
Some, like facilities manager Steve Ross of Tifereth Israel congregation, see the prime example of Black-Jewish community cooperation embodied in those who are both Black and Jewish.
Individuals, like the author, who maintain a foot in both worlds constitute bridges between the two communities,
but are generally not representative of either community as a whole. As is often acknowledged by Jewish people of African-American ancestry, to be both Black and Jewish in the USA can be an exercise in otherness, of being accepted, but not fully included. To be at once within the Jewish community, but coming from a place of often profoundly different cultural norms, whilst both nominally
So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about the role or status of converts to Judaism, especially of Black converts, on this page? I think that we feel the plight of the homeless more keenly than many other people, being motherless in many senses, most of us by definition of changing our spiritual parentage upon choosing that of Abraham. Some fresh reviews would help me decide that specific.
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