Jewish Funders Network Conference Learning Lab with Ilana Kaufman
There are 5.2 million Jews in the United States, a large percentage of which are non-white People of Color. Yet when we look at almost every Jewish organization’s leadership team and constituent group, we see few—if any—Jews of Color. What’s getting in the way of Jews of Color being an integral part of Jewish community organizations and leadership? And what is the role of funders in responding to these important questions? This dynamic discussion 1) paints a picture of Jews of Color in the United States, from the demographics to their experiences and the dynamics around engaging them; 2) explores strategies for how philanthropy can better support diversity, equity, inclusion and justice within the Jewish community; and 3) grapples with the reality of U.S. Jews being part of a multiracial Jewish community and how that informs everything from engagement to the creation of interracial and interfaith alliances.