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File under: The Rising Consciousness of Black Jews.
An African-American Jewish professor of religion has started a center on Afro-Jewish studies at Temple University in Philadelphia. Dr. Lewis Gordon, the son of a Jamaican Jewish mother and a non-Jewish afro-Chinese father, has already presented research at a Jewish studies conference and created an undergraduate course on Afro-Judaism, but in the future he’d like to create a Torah commentary for Africana Jews, do a demographic study of Philadelphia’s black Jewish community and eventually do archaeological digs into African-Jewish history in Africa.
While many of us think of intermarriage as a phenomenon of the last few decades, according to an excerpt from The Forward from 1907 reprinted in a recent issue, mixed marriages are “nothing new.”:
That suggests to me that the impetus for some of these interfaith burial stories might have been local cemeteries who wanted to make clear that there are more burial options for interfaith families than the original JTA article suggested.
Also in the (Philadelphia) Jewish Exponent: a story about an interfaith group who watched the documentary Mixed Blessings.
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