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Shabbat, Dinner and Presentation with Ilana Kaufman

Friday, November 17, 2023 4 Kislev 5784

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

6 pm: Kabbalat Shabbat led by Rabbi Jessica Zimmerman Graf and cantorial soloist Noa Levy with rabbinic intern, Shirah Kraus, music director Jonathan Dimmock and drash by Ilana Kaufman.
7:30 pm: Dinner
8 pm: Presentation by Ilana Kaufman: Jews of Color--Beyond the Count & On the Horizon

We welcome Ilana Kaufman, CEO of the Jews of Color Initiative (JoCI). Hear the story of the founding of JoCI, including why it is a vital part of today’s Jewish ecosystem. Kaufman will also discuss key learnings from JoCI’s two major research studies, Counting Inconsistencies, a population study estimating 12-15% of American Jews are Jews of Color, and Beyond the Count, the largest study of Jews of Color in the US that provides an unprecedented view of JoC identities and lived experiences. The program will conclude with an engaging discussion about what's next on the horizon for this field and how to join together to collectively create change.

Ilana Kaufman (she/her) is the Chief Executive Officer of the Jews of Color Initiative. Her work sits at the center of Jewish community, racial equity, and justice, is anchored by the voices and experience of Jews of Color, and is focused on grantmaking, research and field building, and community education. As a guest on NPR’s All Things Considered and Code Switch, with pieces featured in eJewish Philanthropy and The Foundation Review, and an Eli Talk titled Who Counts?: Race and the Jewish Future with over 45,000 views, Ilana is passionate about all things at the intersection of Jewish community, racial justice, Jews of Color, education, and philanthropy. Ilana was previously the Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Director, East Bay for the San Francisco, Bay Area Jewish Community Relations Council. A Senior Schusterman Fellow who is always searching Jewish text for discussion of equity and justice, Ilana received her B.A. in Sociology from California State University-Humboldt and her M.A. in Educational Pedagogy from Mills College.


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