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Born Jewish and Black

Collier Meyerson was born Jewish but that hasn’t stopped someone from questioning her Judaism at any and every Jewish event, pushing her further and further away from Judaism, especially when a Judaism that others insist doesn’t and can’t include people who like her. “Last December my roommate decided to throw a Shabbos dinner. It was… Continue reading Born Jewish and Black

adoption · jews of color · Jews/Jewish/Judaism/Orthodox Judaism · movies

Mini-Movie Review: Off and Running

At the beginning of the documentary, “Off and Running,” Avery Klein-Cloud seems like just your regular, average Brooklyn teen. She’s a pretty, athletic, self-assured African-American teenager. She’s a top member of the Erasmus High School track team with the prospect of college scholarships in her future. She comes from a happy, stable family, comprised of… Continue reading Mini-Movie Review: Off and Running

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Cool Jewish Events: Off and Running Movie Screening

Event: “Off and Running” Movie ScreeningDate: Sunday, January 31, 2010Time: 4:15pmPlace: IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue., @ West Third St., New York, NYNote: The film is also has showings from Friday, January 28, 2010-Tuesday, February 2, 2010 Special Screening co-hosted by Be’chol Lashon, Jewish Multiracial Network, Brooklyn Jews and UJA Women’s Group, with Q&A moderated… Continue reading Cool Jewish Events: Off and Running Movie Screening

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Speaking (Dominican) American!

I went through an embarrassing phase as a teenager where I didn’t want to be Dominican. We didn’t visit the Dominican Republic that much in my teens (not that that would have helped since once there, I was told I was American and not really Dominican). I was still reeling from a childhood spent being… Continue reading Speaking (Dominican) American!

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What a Lucky Girl

The memoir, Lucky Girl is about one woman’s surprise reunion and relationship with the complicated Chinese family that gave her up for adoption when she was a baby. Spanning cultures and continents, Mei-Ling Hopgood’s memoir brings home a tale of joy and regret, hilarity, deep sadness, and great discovery, as she untangles the unlikely strands… Continue reading What a Lucky Girl