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Judaism and the Black Experience: Rethinking Jewish Identity in the Twenty-First Century

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2019.

The Soul of Judaism: Jews of African Descent in America (NYU Press, 2018) offers the first exploration of the full diversity of Black Jews, including bi-racial Jews, adoptees, converts to Judaism, and Black Hebrews and Israelites, who trace their Jewish roots to Africa. Blending historical analysis and oral history, Haynes examines the multiple ways people of African descent encounter and embrace Judaism in America, as well as some of the obstacles they face for complete inclusion as Jews in their communities.


# Sessions
Date & time

Sunday, February 24
1:30 pm

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Feb 24 1:30 PM–3:00 PM Sun Jewish Community Library Bruce D. Haynes


Jewish Community Library

1835 Ellis Street

San Francisco, CA 94115


The Library is located between Scott and Pierce on the campus of the Jewish Community High School. There is a free and secure parking garage accessible from Pierce Street; buzz the intercom, announce that you’re coming to the Library, and the gate will go up. For more information call (415) 567-3327.


Bruce D. Haynes

Bruce D. Haynes is professor of sociology at UC Davis and a senior fellow in the Urban Ethnography Project at Yale University. Haynes’ research includes race and ethnic relations, racial segregation, and urban community organization. He is the author of Red Lines, Black Spaces: The Politics of Race and Space in a Black Middle-Class Suburb and co-author of The Ghetto: Contemporary Issues and Controversies and Down the Up Staircase: Three Generations of a Harlem Family.