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Being Black, Asian, Danish... and Jewish — Taking Charge of your Jewish Identity

This course was offered in Fall, 2016.

Kim Carter MartinezAdults from interfaith families often have their Jewish identity challenged by both Jews and non-Jews. Having a name that is not perceived as Jewish, like Anderson, Christiansen, O’Toole, or Wong, can lead to questions like, “How did you get to be Jewish?” For biracial Jews the question stems from their appearance, “You don’t look Jewish.”

There are a number of ways that an adult from a biracial or interfaith family can arm themselves for these micro-aggressions. Join Kim Carter Martinez, the biracial daughter of an African American father and a white Ashkenazi mother. Kim has spent years honing her skills and is pleased to teach others how to own your identity in spite of the doubts of others.


# Sessions
Date & time

Sunday, October 9
3:00 - 4:30 pm


Space is limited; register early to ensure your spot.

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Oct 09 3:00 PM–4:30 PM Sun Temple Sinai Kim Carter Martinez


Temple Sinai

2808 Summit Street

Oakland, CA 94609



Kim Carter Martinez

Kim Carter MartinezKim Carter Martinez is the daughter of a White Ashkenazi Conservative Jewish mother and an African American Jehovah's Witness father who converted to Judaism when she was 10. Kim grew up very active in the Jewish community—from Hebrew School to camp to youth groups and living in Israel as a teen. She remains active in the Jewish community through her synagogue and through speaking in the Jewish Community about racial diversity and her experience dealing with insensitive and racist questions and comments from others in the community. She has designed her workshop to be a safe space for people to talk about their experiences trying to "fit in" in the Jewish community. Professionally, Kim is the Assistant Director of a large labor union that represents public employees.