Orthodoxy’s Open Door I am a modern Orthodox Jewish woman of American Indian and African-American descent. As an active member of New York’s Orthodox community, I am incredulous that “a Jewish mother who is raising the son she conceived with a black man to be a traditionally observant Jew” (“Are You Black or Are You Jewish?” Fall 1996) would not be welcomed in an Orthodox shul. In Orthodox communities, we welcome any Jew who tries to embrace a Torah-observant lifestyle.

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