Black Jewish Perspectives
A discussion on tensions between Black Americans and Jews
Sunday, January 22nd at 1:00 PM EST
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David Ben Moshe
David Ben Moshe is a writer, public speaker, and expert fitness coach who has inspired countless others with his life story and knowledge. He holds his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Towson University in Maryland. David uses his words and experience to advocate for police and criminal justice reform.
Shekhiynah Larks is a Black and Jewish Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion educator, Artist, published Essayist, and Content Creator. Her work focuses on the intersections of Black American and Jewish American Identity and how these identities are further complicated by American Racial Domestic politics and building brave spaces for people to discuss identity. Her published work is featured in Jewish&, Blavity, Jewish Women’s Theater, Hey Alma, and The Jewish News of Northern California.
Chaya Lev is a California native who then found herself living in Texas and discovered her Judaism, and chose to be chosen. Chaya beat Breast Cancer in the USA and then made aliyah. She now lives in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Dmitri Shufutinsky is a researcher and activist who has written extensively on Middle East politics, Zionism, Indigenous rights, and the Jewish diaspora. Dmitri is a Junior Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and a Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from Arcadia University near Philadelphia. Dmitri is a veteran of the IDF, where he served in the Givati Brigade.
aka Westside Gravy
Noah Shufutinsky, is a musician, educator, and public speaker. He has performed in front of crowds around the world and has recently made Israel his new home. Noah earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Jewish Studies from George Washington University in Washington DC. Noah is an Education and Outreach Manager with Stand With Us.
Tyler Samuels is the creator of the social media account: BluntBlackJew. He was the Program Coordinator for the Tel Aviv Institute & Social Media Coordinator for Hasbara Fellowships Canada. Tyler was also a 2022 fellow for the Union of Reform Judaism’s Jews of Color Leadership Fellowship and a Jewish Federation of North America Changemakers Fellow for Aspiring Leaders.
Moderator: Dr. Brandy Shufutinsky
Dr. Shufutinsky is the Director of Education and Community Engagement for JILV and an ex officio board member. She has worked towards advancing the rights of victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault through practice, education, and research and is now focusing her advocacy on developing intercultural and academic opportunities to enhance liberal democratic ideals.