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Mizrahim, Ashkenazim, Sephardim, Oh My!: The Multiracial Histories of American Jewry is a Course

Mizrahim, Ashkenazim, Sephardim, Oh My!: The Multiracial Histories of American Jewry

Ended Apr 10, 2019


Full course description

This series is open to ALL HILLEL PROFESSIONALS. You do not need to participate in all five sessions, though you are welcome and encouraged to. 

These sessions will not be recorded in order to create an environment in which people are comfortable asking questions and sharing their own experiences. Please be prepared to put your camera on, utilize a working microphone, and sit in a private place if that is your preference.

Session Description:

The stories we hear from a young age shape how we view the world. More often than not, dominant cultures are at the center of these narratives, leaving out those who exist in smaller numbers or with underacknowledged voices. This means that, when we learn history, we tend to learn it in silos that keep our identities and experiences separate. In this session, we’ll examine how Jews came to America and what their experience has been to date. We will intentionally explore narratives beyond the Ashkenazi experience, which is often highlighted in American culture. In so doing, we can begin to understand who Jews in America today really are and how the diversity of the Jewish people has shaped our identities in different ways. By building this understanding today, we can better create stronger interpersonal and socio-political friendships/coalitions tomorrow.

Series Description:
This session is one of the sessions in our 5-part series Elevating Identity: Strategies for Engaging the "Every" focused on identity and inclusion in an effort to move towards our organizational goal of reaching and engaging “every Jewish student”. When we say “every”, we mean it, but often struggle with putting it into practice. The overall goal of this series is to better prepare each participant to engage all students through an increased understanding of our communities’ diversity, how our own identities impact our work, and how the narratives we are familiar with dictate our course of action on campus. 

This session is for:
All professionals

This session takes place:

  • Tuesday, April 9th 2:00 - 3:00pm EST / 11:00 - 12:00pm PST  

Zachary Ritter received his PhD from UCLA in Higher Education, focusing on Asian international students' cross-racial interactions. He was most recently Dean of Diversity at Harvey Mudd College, and prior to that he was Assistant Director of Diversity at University of Redlands. He has taught intergroup dialogue courses at UCLA and is currently an adjunct professor at UCLA, Redlands and La Verne, around issues of social justice in higher education. He recently co-edited a book entitled: "Marginality in the Urban Center: The Costs and Challenges of Continued Whiteness in the Americas and Beyond."

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