“I wanted to be allowed to be Jewish in my own way.” Frequent questions about her appearance, as well as an unwelcoming attitude towards her mother, who never formally converted, left her wary of the Jewish community.
Jews of Color is a pan-ethnic term that is used to identify Jews whose family origins are originally in African, Asian or Latin-American countries.
Though dating only Jews can be limiting for queer Jews – “it’s not that big of a pool,” says Halpern – a shared religious background can be a big factor in understanding a romantic partner.
“The non-Jewish LGBT world seems to be a lot more radical in some ways that I’m just not accustomed to,” said Isabella Kalish, who grew up Orthodox in Baltimore and has signed up for the trial.
Please distribute the Privilege Checklist, use it in workshops, and add to it.
“There’s tons of dating sites but there’s nothing specific to being Jewish and queer,” said Joanna Halpern, an undergraduate student at Mc Gill University who identifies as a Jewish lesbian. Unlike other dating apps, it has all the perfect questions for being Jewish and all the specific questions for being queer that other websites would be lacking.” The site name plays off of Saw You At Sinai, one of the most popular Jewish matchmaking websites for Jewish singles.___ No one at my synagogue will attempt to assign me to a ethnicity to which I do not belong (e.g., assuming all Jews of African descent are Igbo or Ethiopian). Though finding a Jewish partner is hard as it is, the challenge is intensified if you’re queer and Jewish.“Stonewall” references the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar and historic landmark in Greenwich Village where the 1969 riots that launched the gay rights movement took place.The website, currently in its trial period, uses an algorithm to divide users into groups based on factors such as age and geographical location.
The privileges listed below are ones that many people take for granted today, but which are not available to most Jews of color in the United States. At the end, try to list at least two more ways you have privilege in the Jewish community.