Jews of Colour (JOC) is a pan-ethnic term that is used to identify Jews whose family origins are originally in African, Asian or Latin American countries. Jews of Colour may identify as Black, Latino, Asian or of mixed heritage such as biracial or multi-racial. Mizrahi and Sephardi Jews from North African and Arab lands vary in whether they self-identify as “Jews of Colour”.
Rivka, a Jew of Jamaican descent born and raised in Toronto, seeks to build community among Jews of Colour in Canada while opening dialogue among the mainstream Jewish community about the experience of Jews of Colour. She is the co-founder of the group Jews of Colour – Canada and the sole Canadian recipient of the inaugural URJ’s JewV’Nation Fellowship. Rivka is a recognized speaker and educator on Jewish Diversity and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Israel. She is filming a documentary on Jewish Diversity and a podcast called “Rivkush”, which will discuss diversity, Judaism and Israel. She has lectured at Limmud, synagogues, JCCs, community groups and Hebrew Schools. Her story and work have been featured in several publications. She is the Executive Director for Beit Rayim Synagogue and School.