I see myself first as a Jew, then as a woman, then as black. I was the first black child adopted by a Jewish family through JFS. My parents were diplomats, so we lived overseas in a variety of countries. It gives you a more expansive worldview. When you grow up abroad, it isn’t the color of your skin that matters, it’s where you are from. Wherever we were, when it was Passover, everyone showed up, and they were from all over. Judaism is the lens through which I view the world, it’s how I’m taught to treat others, it is my base. “And the rest is all commentary,” as Hillel said.

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