October 7th and 21st Century Black Jewish Relations

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Wednesday, May 1, 2024, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

October 7th and 21st Century Black Jewish Relations

Join Rabbi Isaiah Rothstein of Jewish Federations of North America in conversation as he reflects on his upbringing in Monsey, NY as a Black-Jew with white skin and shares considerations on questions, such as: What is different about Black-Jewish Alliance of the 20th century civil rights and today? What models exists and what are the gaps and needs around leadership and organizational infrastructure? How has the Black-Jewish historic alliance shifted since October 7th?

Isaiah Joseph Rothstein serves as Rabbinic Scholar and Public Affairs Advisor at Jewish Federations of North America, and is a founder of Jewish Federations’ JEDI Initiative for Jewish Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, the Jewish Youth Climate Movement, and Kamochah, a community for Black Orthodox Jews.


Prior to JFNA, Isaiah was rabbi-in-residence at Adamah, Isabella Freedman, and Be’chol Lashon, and served as rabbi for youth at Carmel Academy, Young Israel of Stamford, NCSY, and Camp Yavneh.  Isaiah studied at Kushner Yeshiva High School, Lev HaTorah, Machon Lev, and Binghamton University, and received rabbinic ordination and a masters of social work from Yeshiva University.


Raised in a multi-racial Chabad family from Monsey, NY, he sees himself as a human bridge, connecting disparate parts of the Jewish community and America. Isaiah is a member of Rabbis Without Borders, and Schusterman Foundations’ ROI + Senior Fellowships, and was listed in Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36.”


When not working to keep the world safe for the Jewish people and democracy, Isaiah is writing a musical about Queen Esther.

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