There are many ways to become part of the JMN community. If you would like to support us without any ongoing involvement you can make an online donation. Whatever the size of your gift, it will make a difference, and we are grateful for it! If you would like to stay connected you can subscribe for our newsletter and receive the JMN communications regularly. Alternatively for more direct involvement you could attend a JMN event in your area or volunteer in our community, and last but not least you can come to our Annual Retreat. Now that you know how you could get involved, if any of the options caught your attention you can find more info below.
The Jewish Multiracial Network is an increasingly vocal advocate of Jewish diversity issues in the larger Jewish community. We have been a constant voice on issues related to increasing the visibility of Jews of Color, developing respectful and authentic Jewish diversity programming, advocating more inclusive language in Hebrew Schools, and integrating non-European focused, but wholly Jewish narratives as part of the American Jewish story.
Need some guidance on speaking to themes of Jewish diversity in the classroom? Our collection of long and short term curricula for children, young adults and mixed classrooms on Torah, tradition and history include lesson plans, materials and activity suggestions sure to engage your students and empower communities. Please get in touch for more info.
The Privilege Checklist was developed by Corinne Lightweaver, Sasha King, and members of the Jewish Multiracial Network online discussion group, 2006–2009, to teach about the widening range of privilege experienced in the Jewish community. Please distribute the Privilege Checklist, use it in workshops, and add to it.
The Privilege Checklist contains statements which are examples of ways in which privilege is experienced. The privileges listed are ones that many people take for granted today, but which are not available to most Jews of color in the United States.
If you plan to attend one of these synagogues for the first time, you may want to send an email to our newsletter. If one of us is going to be there, we can introduce ourselves and personally welcome you to our synagogue community.
- Central Reform Congregation · St. Louis, MO
- Congregation Beth Or · Maple Glen, PA
- Congregation Or Ami · Calabasas, CA
- Falmouth Jewish Congregation · Cape Cod, Falmouth, MA
- Temple Ahavat Shalom · Northridge, CA
- Temple Anshe Hesed · Erie PA
- Temple Beth El · Bakersfield, CA
- Temple Beth El · San Pedro, CA
- Temple Beth Torah · Houston, TX
- Temple Israel · Boston, MA
- Temple Sinai · Oakland, CA
- Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation · Indianapolis, IN
- Metropolitan Synagogue · New York, NY
- Ansche Chesed · New York, NY
- Arden Heights Boulevard Jewish Center, Etz Chaim · Staten Island, NY
- Beth Israel Center · Madison, WI
- Beth Yeshurun · Houston, TX
- Congregation Beth-el Zedeck · Indianapolis, IN
- Congregation Beth Tikvah Bnai Jeshurun · Erdenheim, PA
- Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale (CSAIR) · Riverdale, NY
- Flatbush and Shaare Torah Jewish Center · Brooklyn, NY
- Germantown Jewish Centre · Mt. Airy, Philadelphia, PA
- Kol Shalom · Rockville, MD
- Ner Tamid Ezra Habonim Egalitarian Minyan · Chicago, IL
- Park Slope Jewish Center · Brooklyn, NY
- Temple Beth Shalom · Leandro, CA
- The City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism · New York, NY
- Congregation Darchei Noam · Toronto, Ontario
- Havurat Tikvah · Charlotte, North Carolina
- Kadima · Seattle, WA
- Kol Tzedek · West Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
- Leyv Ha-Ir · Philadelphia, PA
- Mishkan Shalom · Philadelphia, PA
- SAJ-Society for the Advancement of Judaism · Upper West Side Manhattan, NY
- Shir Hadash Synagogue · Wheeling, IL
- Temple Hillel B’nai Torah · West Roxbury, MA
- West End Synagogue · New York, NY
- Adath Shalom · Paris, France
- Anshe Shalom B’nai Israel · Chicago, IL (Modern Orthodox)
- BCMH (Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath) · Seattle, WA
- B’nai David-Judea Congregation · Los Angeles, CA (Modern Orthodox)
- B’nai Israel · Baltimore, MD (Modern Orthodox)
- Chabad of Harlem · New York, NY
- Congregation Ahavas Achim · Highland Park, NJ
- El Centro de Estudios Judios Torat Emet · c/o Lincoln Park Jewish Center, Yonkers NY
- Chabad of Brooklyn Heights/Bnei Avraham · Brooklyn, NY
- Hebrew Institute of Riverdale · Bronx, NY (Modern Orthodox)
- Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun · New York, NY (Modern Orthodox)
- Kesher Israel · The Georgetown Synagogue, Washington, DC (Modern Orthodox)
- Lincoln Park Jewish Center · Yonkers, NY (Modern Orthodox)
- Magain David Sephardim Congregation · San Francisco, CA
- Magen David Sephardic Congregation-Beit Eliahu Synagogue · Rockville, MD
- Mount Sinai Jewish Center of Washington Heights · New York, NY
- Ohel Shalom Torah Center · Chicago, IL
- Old Broadway Synagogue · New York, NY
- Congregation Ramath Orah · New York, NY
- Congregation Shearith Israel: The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue · New York, NY
- Shira Hadasha (Halakhic Egalitarian) · Jerusalem, Israel (Modern Orthodox)
- Yakar · Jerusalem, Israel
Volunteer support is a key component to JMN’s success! Help us shape our programming and the Jewish community! Email us for volunteer opportunities.
JMN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Write for the JMN Blog. We’re looking for volunteers to write blog posts and diversity D’vars for the JMN Blog. You can write as little or as frequently as you’d like on topics relating to Jewish diversity, multiracial Jewish families, or personal blogs.
BECOME A JMN ALLY
As we grow the JMN network we are looking for allies to help bring awareness about Jews of Color and multiracial Jews. Allies should be able to commit to quarterly ally meetings and, at times, should be able to represent JMN at some events and panel discussions throughout the year.
HELP EDIT THE JMN DIVERSITY HANDBOOK
Last June JMN introduced the Diversity Handbook to JMN members and families at our Spring retreat. Our next step is to continue to make revisions and publish the Handbook by the end of 2014. We’re looking for dedicated individuals who can commit time and effort to seeing the Handbook to completion.
JMN has a growing Social Media presence on Twitter and Facebook and is looking to continue to expand its reach. We hope to have 5000 Facebook likes and 1000 Twitter followers by the end of 2014. We are looking for a few volunteers who are social media savy to help Tweet and post on Facebook on behalf of JMN.
VIDEO EDITOR AND RECORDER
JMN recorded a video during our Annual retreat that needs to be edited into a 2-3 minute video. The video is in it’s raw form and needs to be pieced together by someone who is experienced with video editing or someone who may not have “experience” but really likes to do it.
We are also looking for someone to record multi-media projects including interviews and discussions for the JMN website.
JMN is looking for a few volunteers to help plan and organize events in the NYC area. Past events have been bowling, picnics, trips to museums and happy hours, though we’re always looking for new ways to engage our multi-generational community in New York.