Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) was founded in 1990 to address the racial/ethnic tensions and economic disparities in New York City. This program celebrates the tenth anniversary of JFREJ.
Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz has been an activist since the early 1960s civil rights movement in Harlem. She served as co-chair of the New Jewish Agenda Task Force on Anti-Semitism and Racism, and was the first director of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice in New York City (1992-95). She also served on the JFREJ Board from 1995-2004. She directed the Queens College Worker Education Extension Center until 2004, and currently teaches in Urban Studies at Queens College. Her books include My Jewish Face & other stories; The Issue Is Power: Essays on Women, Jews, Violence, and Resistance; and (co-edited) The Tribe of Dina: A Jewish Women’s Anthology. Her newest book is The Colors of Jews: Racial Politics and Radical Diasporism. She is co-founder of Beyond the Pale: The Progressive Jewish Radio Hour in New York City, and continues to guest-produce segments. Kaye/Kantrowitz speaks and writes frequently on such topics as: Jews and whiteness; multiracial Jewish community; radical Jewish history, including women’s history; African American-Jewish relations; and racism, anti-Semitism, and class.
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Article by Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz on “Fighting Racism as Jews,” printed in program of Jews for Racial & Economic Justice 10th anniversary celebration, December 10, 2000.
Credit: Courtesy of JFREJ: Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.