Jews of Color Caucus

The JFREJ Jews of Color Caucus is a home for Jews of Color to come together as a caring community, build our progressive power, and develop our leadership. Learn more about our work, find upcoming events and sign-up for updates and opportunities to take action.

About the Jews of Color Caucus

The Jews of Color Caucus within JFREJ is a politically and culturally engaged affinity space for progressive Jews of Color as we contribute to JFREJ's many campaigns, and influence the overall political organizing strategy of JFREJ. The caucus hosts cultural events (for ourselves and also for the broader JFREJ community), and build shared political purpose about the needs of our community, taking collective action to achieve those goals. As a collective of the JFREJ members most impacted by racism, we are committed to ensuring our voices are involved in all key JFREJ organizational decision making, from the Board of Directors to the campaigns.

Our community has a rich history of contribution to the political organizing at JFREJ:

In May of 2016, the JFREJ Jews of Color Caucus, in partnership with the Jewish Multiracial Network (JMN), organized the Jews of Color National Convening, the historic national convening of JOCs focused on racial justice, attended by over 140 JOCs from across the country. The same summer, members of the JOC Caucus organized a series of escalating Jews4BlackLives actions, which brought together hundreds of Jewish New Yorkers and their allies in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, the Movement For Black Lives, the Right To Know Act, and the families of New Yorkers murdered by the NYPD. In 2018, the Black members of the JOC Caucus hosted a unique, inspiring Juneteenth Seder, and in the spring of 2019, we reprised the Juneteenth Seder with an even larger gathering, and also created the JOC Torah Academy. Since then, the JOC Torah Academy has become an independent program, run by and for Jews of Color.