I feel blessed to be connected with a national network of Jews of color (JoC) and lucky to have experienced JoC majority spaces, even if sparsely. It is joyful to feel community in a way that you know deep in your bones includes you. The JoC Mishpacha Project JoCISM Shabbaton was definitely that kind of event. It was an opportunity to deepen existing relationships and create new ones. I was struck by the harmonies we made together, both in song and the ways we blended needs and customs. It was also a beautiful expression of the crucial role allies play, as family, as friends, as organizations, as symbiotic supporters of this work to create affinity spaces that strengthen so much more than just the Jewish people of color present, but returns with them into their home communities… whether that is across the country or down the street. The weekend reminded me of the importance of the work of JoC Sanctuary and the ability to intentionally create the spaces we need for ourselves.
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I am a Jew who also happens to be a person of color. I am a cerebral, creative, ambi-brained designer by day and ballroom dancer, improv performer, gamer by nights & weekends. I have a penchant for asking questions, seeking engaged conversation, and reading whatever calls to me, but have a special place in my heart for young adult dystopian multi-verse romance fiction. I believe "it takes a village" and interpersonal relationships are the entire point of life. I live an unplugged simple life in Cincinnati Ohio USA. View all posts by jocsantuary