The Unknown History of Black Jews in America Unpacked

17 Nov 2022

Black Jews have been a part of American history since before the colonial era. In fact, Jews of Roman-African or Afro-Caribbean descent, of diverse lineage, or who have converted continue to contribute to the rich and multi-faceted history of the Jewish people.
Today, some of these Jews of Color have come together in communities and organizations to bring them out of the margins and into the mainstream of American Jewry.

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Film script written by Ben Elterman

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