Choosing Justice: Bringing Tikkun Olam Home to our Communities Program #3

Beyond the Count: Perspectives and Lived Experiences of Jews of Color

Ilana Kaufman, Executive Director, Jews of Color Initiative
Tuesday, November 9, 4:30 PM (MDT)

Join Rabbi Dr. Tirzah Firestone in conversation with leaders at the forefront of racial justice, collective healing, and change-making in our communities.  In this, the third program in the series, Ilana Kaufman will share findings from Beyond the Count, the latest research commissioned by the Jews of Color Initiative. This was a national study to dig deeper into the collective experiences and perspectives of Jews of Color, in such areas as community building, racial discrimination, and Jewish identity. 

Earlier this year, more than 1,000 Jews of Color (JoCs) completed the “Count Me In” Survey.  This study, which was conducted by a multi-racial research team at Stanford University, is producing findings that will be used to implement change in Jewish communities. Now, you can join the conversation to hear the findings and learn how we can develop, amplify, and sustain Jewish communities and leaders that reflect and represent all Jews.

  • How do JoCs think about Jewish identity?
  • What have been the experiences of JoCs in Jewish communities?
  • How has systemic racism affected JoCs in Jewish spaces?
  • How can the Jewish community better reflect the range of experiences and identities of all Jews? 

The program will dive into these and other questions. 

Ilana Kaufman

About the presenter: Ilana Kaufman’s work sits at the center of Jewish community, racial equity, and justice. It is anchored by the voices and experiences of Jews of Color and is focused on grantmaking, research and field building, and community education. Ilana is the Executive Director of the Jews of Color Initiative. For more information please visit .

Rabbi Tirzah Firestone

About the moderator: Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, PhD, is an author, Jungian psychotherapist, and Rabbi Emerita of Congregation Nevei Kodesh in Boulder, Colorado. She is a leader in the international Jewish Renewal Movement, a renowned Jewish scholar, and teaches internationally on the topic of intergenerational trauma healing. Her latest work, Wounds into Wisdom: Healing Intergenerational Jewish Trauma is the recipient of the 2020 Nautilus Book Award Gold in Psychology and the Jewish Women’s Caucus of the Association for Women in Psychology 2020 book award.  website ( | Instagram (@tirzahfire)

Click here for additional information and to register for this November 9 program.  (Be sure to register so you can receive the recording of each talk, just in case you can not attend the live Zoom call). 

The cost of this program is $10. However, in order to make our programs accessible to all, the Boulder JCC is happy to assist anyone with a financial need. Please contact Jodi Zicklin at

This program is generously sponsored by JEWISHColorado and presented in partnership with the Siegel JCC in Wilmington, the White Theatre at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, the JCC Greater Boston, the Peninsula Jewish Community Center in Foster City, and the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula.  Community partners are Boulder Haver, Congregation Bonai Shalom, and Congregation Nevei Kodesh

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