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Humans of Hillel

Jews of color have always been in the picture. We’re just easily overlooked and undermined.

Boston, Massachusetts | 2020

Aviva Davis“My freshman year, I joined Hillel Race Talks, a committee to keep conversations about diversity in the Jewish community alive on the Brandeis campus. I was able to bring Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, the rabbi of the Abayudaya Jewish community in Uganda, to campus for a talk. It is something I’m most proud of because it’s so easy for people to forget about Jews of color, but we are here, we will always be here, and it's our job not to let people forget that. Jews of color have always been in the picture. We’re just easily overlooked and undermined. I’m glad we’re having conversations about race during #PrideMonth because queerness and race will always intersect, queerness and religion will always intersect, and race and religion will always intersect. People can have multiple identities. I'm going to celebrate #PrideMonth by being part of the conversation, finding some organizations to donate to and signing petitions. Human rights are for every human.” — Aviva Davis, Brandeis University