by Ilana Kramer

Different Faces, Different Voices— All of Them Jewish

The obvious reason for a celebration of multiracial, multi-ethnic Jews is the opportunity it gives all Jews to appreciate a lush array of literature, music, customs, and food from the many regions Jews come from. Yet a more ominous reason lurks behind the shadows of this glorified collective celebration of diversity—that is, Jews have been historically demonized, exiled, and massacred. Jews literally need each other, or, in words of editor Karen Primack, “History teaches us that a Jew never knows…where that help might come from.”

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