Unlearning antisemitism begins with learning more about who Jewish people are.

Who are the Jews and What is Jewish Identity?

“The consequence of the single story is this: It robs people of dignity. It makes our recognition of our equal humanity difficult.”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s The Danger of a Single Story TED Talk

Think about some of the commonly held “single stories” of Jewish people. (You do not need to share them, but think about them for yourself). This video begins by saying that “Jewish identity is multifaceted and complex.” How has this video helped to expand the single stories that are held about Jewish people? In what ways is Jewish identity more multifaceted and complex than we may have previously known?

Additional Resources:

  • 2018 Survey of Jews in Canada – Final Report (Environics Institute for Survey Research, University of Toronto, York University)
  • The Science of Race (Facing History & Ourselves)
  • Periphery (No Silence on Race, Ontario Jewish Archives) is an evocative photographic and film project that bears witness to ethnic diversity in the Jewish community. Sharing narratives from individuals of multiracial and multiethnic backgrounds. Periphery creates space to look, listen, and learn from participants as they share their experiences and explore ideas of representation, intersectionality, ethnicity, race, and sexuality.