Rivka Campbell- Harmony in a Divided Identity

Jews of Colour (JOC) is a pan-ethnic term used to identify Jews whose family origins lie in African, Asian, or Latin American countries. JOC may identify as being of Black, Latino, Asian, biracial, or multi-racial heritage, while Mizrahi and Sephardi Jews from North African and Arab lands vary as to whether they self-identify as JOC. A common question posed to JOCs is “What’s your story?” Rivka’s story will include a brief history of the Caribbean, focusing on Jews of Jamaica, and will culminate with the story of navigating within the Jewish community as a JOC. This presentation will widen the scope of what it means to be Jewish in Canada and throughout the world.