I had a chat with a friend from Montreal who is a white Ashkenazi Jew about his impressions of the Jewish community there as it pertains to Jews of Colour …
I explained to my friend that I was looking for some honest insight into the Ashkenazi mindset regarding diversity within the Jewish community. Because he is a white male who represents the “majority” mindset of the Jewish community, I thought he might have some interesting opinions about the question of diversity and inclusion. He was quick to point out that his perspective is that of an upper middle-class, white male and so his opinions may not represent the opinions of the entire community. Our conversation was nonetheless very interesting and enlightening.
Ashkenazi Privilege Checklist
___ I can walk into my temple and feel that others do not see me as outsider.
___ I can walk into my temple and feel that others do not see me as exotic.
___ I can walk into my temple and feel that my children are seen as Jews.
___ I can enjoy music at my temple that reflects the tunes, prayers, and cultural roots of my specific Jewish heritage.
This is the story of the rise and fall of Jews in the world’s largest film industry. Bollywood produces a thousand films annually, three times more than Hollywood does, in twenty different languages, which are seen by three billion people across the world.
Few realise that Jews played as important a role in Bollywood as they did in Hollywood, even if the roles differed in nature. Almost all of India’s earliest female stars were Jewish. The introduction of sound brought an abrupt end to many of their film careers for they were incapable of delivering dialogues in Indian languages as they had never mastered any. The few who were quick to learn survived.
This is the Maghreb version of Cholent, a stew cooked over night for the Sabbath.
2 kg Lamb shank or beef bones (optional)
250 ml. chickpeas soaked overnight (or 1 can)
Joel Etienne (Toronto, Canada)
Terribly chagrined by the loss of life in Dallas Texas, Minnesota and Louisiana this week. Communities of colour, like any other communities, cannot live in democracy, prosperity and safety, without first and foremost being able to live in security.
This absolutely necessitates and requires good policing. The shocking conclusion to this week of sorrow, is that both good people in police uniform, and good civilians were without justification victimized, and murdered leaving families and children, reeling, and a continent in sorrow.
I send my prayers to the good cops, the good community leaders, and to all the good civilians of all creeds who wish to live their lives in harmony.
I send my prayers and condolences to the families of the Dallas Police Officers who lost loved ones last night, and to the families of Mr. Philando Castile, a Montessori worker, and Mr. Alton Sterling.
Tyler Samuels (Toronto, Canada)
No Justice, No Peace
I can honestly say I am now completely broken, the system that attacks black people has finally crushed the last bone of resistance in me after four years of non-compliance to a regime that seems almost blind to the ongoing crisis when it comes to policing in both Canada and the United States. I am tired of waking up every morning to see that another black man, woman or individual has been murdered by police for the slightest infractions. I am tired of my various white friends telling me, “I don’t understand the case” or “The system isn’t racist against blacks.” I am tired of hearing that young African-Americans can hardly walk down the street without being interrogated by police while white Americans within the similar age can go free without prohibition to their person. I am tired of people saying not all police officers are bad and I am exhausted on the excuses upon excuses that are given each day to Black people to explain away racism within the police force.