Jews of Color Initiative
Founded in 2017, the Jews of Color Initiative’s (JoCI) mission is to advance racial equity in the United States Jewish community by centering the leadership of Jews of Color (JoC), and ensuring that Jewish communities and institutions reflect the multiracial reality of the Jewish people. Its three primary activities include grantmaking, research, and community education. In addition to completing a groundbreaking research study, Counting Inconsistencies, which found that Jews of Color comprise a minimum of 12-15% of the Jewish community in the U.S., JoCI also operates the only grantmaking portfolio solely dedicated to Jews of Color in the U.S.
To launch the Los Angeles Jews of Color (JoC) Professional Network, a year-long leadership, networking, and professional development program designed to support Jewish professionals of Color across the greater LA region. The program, which will be paired with a regional grant cycle to support JoC leaders and programs serving JoCs in LA, seeks to create a more multiracial, multiethnic, and inclusive LA Jewish life; and innovate how the Jewish communal landscape supports the leadership growth and professional development of Jews of Color.
General Operating Support
To provide support for direct service work addressing racial equity.