Our speaker, Robin Washington, the editor-at-large of “The Forward,” says that during the last 2 years he has seen an overwhelming increase in the number of Jews who display some sort of intersectionality between different sub-groups.
Examples include Conservative Jews who also actively identify as Hebrew Israelites, European Lubavitchers from Hispanic backgrounds and interfaith and interracial families of every stripe. Recognizing this offers us a truer picture of ourselves, and also a way to constructively counter the monolithic stereotypes through which the rest of the world views Jews.
Robin grew up in a Chicago family of Black and Jewish civil rights activists. He has gone on to chronicle the movement in his acclaimed PBS documentary, “You Don’t Have to Ride Jim Crow!” And, in 1995 he co-founded the Alliance of Black Jews.
Robin’s commentaries have appeared in newspapers around the world, as well as in books edited by Ishmael Reed, Charles Ogletree and Willard Jenkins. He is host of “Simply Superior” on Wisconsin Public Radio and was a Fellow in Science Broadcast Journalism at WGBH Boston. He has also appeared on NPR, BET, MSNBC, CNN, Fox News and various other national media.
With gratitude to Gloria and Marty Greenstein and the Rene Bloch Foundation.