Jewish Life in Africa

 

“Jewish life is thriving in Africa.

That’s what British-American photographer Jono David discovered during a four-year journey across the continent. David set out to document the Jewish landscape of Africa, from dwindling European enclaves in South Africa to the isolated Egyptian Jewish community — to the unprecedented blossoming of Judaism among Sub-Saharan Africans.”  Forward.com

 

Black Jews

 

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Black Jews in Africa

The Black Orthodox

Joeseph David Savoy: The Black Orthodox

The Black Orthodox: Joseph David Savoy

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“I moved to New York in 2007, and in Crown Heights the Jewish community has been wonderful. But from African-Americans, every day I get looks and stares. I’ve had people yell “Heil Hitler.” One guy threatened to stab me. If there are people behind me and I turn around, they’ll literally jump like they’ve seen a ghost.”
“I come from a very dysfunctional family. My dad killed his stepfather and then served four years in prison. I was born in controversy—like in the Bible when Jacob married two sisters, my dad impregnated two sisters. People feel it’s extreme to be Hasidic, but I just think, Are you kidding me? Considering what I was born into, it’s pretty normal. It gives me structure and focus and order. I feel at peace finally after all these years.”
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The Black Orthodox

Emerson Swift Mahon:  A Canadian Jew

By: Eiran Harris – Canadian Jewish News

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Emerson Swift Mahon

In 1912, a young black man left Grenada in a quest for learning. His voyage led him to Canada and conversion to Judaism
“May you be written in the book of life in the New Year,” says the greeting in Yiddish on the back of a photograph of a black man in a broad-brimmed hat.
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Privilege Checklist

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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.

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No Justice, No Peace

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.

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