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Black [but / AND​ / or] Jewish: A Conversation on Intersections within and across Communities


"Black [but / AND / or] Jewish: A Conversation on Intersections within and across Communities," co-sponsored by the Grant Center for the American Jewish Experience and the Africana Studies Program.

Dr. Mia L. Bagneris, Associate Professor of African Diaspora Art & Studies of Race in Western Art and Director of the Africana Studies Program, will moderate a discussion on starting and changing the conversation about intersectional Jewish identities, what it means to be Black AND Jewish, and how Black Jews can be supported.


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Panelists Rabbi Shais Rishon (top left), Rabbi Isaama Goldstein-Stoll (top right), Kendell Pinkney (bottom left), and moderator Dr. Mia L. Kearney-Bagneris (bottom right)


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Rabbi Shais Rishon (MaNishtana) is a New York-based Orthodox rabbi. He is an author, writer, educator, playwright, rabbi, and public speaker, whose work on racial and religious identity & culture–and how their intersections manifest in America. He has written for Tablet, The Jewish Daily Forward, and Hevria. debut novel Ariel Samson, Freelance Rabbi won as Finalist for the 2018 National Jewish Book Award’s Goldberg Award in the category of Debut Fiction, and is an Amazon Kindle Top 50 bestseller in the category of Jewish American Fiction



Rabbi Isaama Goldstein-Stoll is the rabbi at Yale’s Slifka Center for Jewish Life and works with Be’chol Lashon, an organization dedicated to serving Jews of Color, around issues of Jewish diversity. She is an ordainee of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Prior to joining Yale, Rabbi Goldstein-Stoll served as a student rabbi and rabbinic intern not only in Reform but also in Conservative and Humanistic congregations.


Kendell Pinkney is a Brooklyn based theatre-maker, Jewish-life consultant, and a rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. His collaborative theatre works have been presented at New York venues such as 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, and LABA @ the 14th St. Y, to name a few. In addition to his creative work, he is the rabbinic intern for the Jewish arts and culture organizations Reboot and LABA, and serves on the Spiritual Direction team at Ammud: The Jews of Color Torah Academy.


Dr. Mia L. Bagneris is an Associate Professor of African Diaspora Art & Studies of Race in Western Art and Director of the Africana Studies Program the author of Colouring the Caribbean: Race and the art of Agostino Brunias, the first comprehensive study of the Brunias’s pictures, made for British plantocrats and colonial elites, which feature Caribbeans of color—so called ‘Red’ and ‘Black’ Carib Indians, dark-skinned Africans and Afro-Creoles, and people of mixed race.

Africana Studies Program

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