My oldest son is under the impression that being light-skinned is the norm for the Jewish community and he is having difficulty wanting to be Jewish (although he knows that Judaism is not a race or nationality).
I was just wondering if anybody has a suggestion for ways to show him that Jews come in all colors.
—Converting in Pennsylvania
How do we teach Jewish children (and almost-Jewish children) a concept that even Jewish adults have trouble wrapping their head around?
I suggested reaching out to organizations like Be’chol Lashon and the Jewish Multiracial Network, which has a great list-serv that connects Jews of color of all ages and white parents of Jews of color.
Also, I suggested getting a copy of “I Love Jewish Faces,” a children’s book by Debra Darvick, which is now available for pre-order. I’ve already ordered two copies of this book, which hopes to highlight the diversity of the Jewish community.
What would you suggest?