Editor's introduction.

Author:Ashton, Dianne

This issue of American Jewish History on Jews of color has been a labor of love for our Associate Editor, Michael Alexander, for more than two years. The high quality of the articles that he and his co-editor, Bruce D. Haynes, have assembled attest to their dedication and to the importance of this topic.

As we prepared this issue for publication, an article about the former head of Hillel at my university appeared in my local Jewish newspaper. The young man, Jared Jackson, is a Jew of color--his mother is Jewish and white, and his father, now deceased, was a gentile African American. Now aged 32, Jared recalls that he felt a strong connection to Judaism despite what he described as "rejection and clear...

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