Prior Engagements

2020

No Hate, No Fear Jewish Solidarity March, 1/5 (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Featured speaker on combatting anti-Semitism, Jewish diversity, and community solidarity between Jews and non-Jews.

2019

Riverdale Jewish Community Partnership, 1/18 (Riverdale, NY)
  • Lecture on the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. and how Jewish tradition can and should respond to them.
North Shore Hebrew Academy, 1/30 (Great Neck, NY)
  • Lecture on the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the black experience in America.
Boston University, 3/27 (Boston, MA)
  • Lecture on the intersection of Jewish and racial/ethnic identities and the importance of diversity and visibility in both realms.
Hazon Rabbinical Retreat, 3/31-4/3 (Falls Village, CT)
  • Panel discussions and lecture on Jewish communal diversity and sustainability, and the role of clergy in enabling and empowering such.
B’nai Jeshurun, 5/6 (New York, NY)
  • Roundtable meeting/discussion with the “Arevim Zeh Ba Zeh” Israeli delegation, discussing the American Jewish experience around race and discrimination.
Limmud Oz, 6/15-17 (Sydney, Australia)
  • Featured presenter/panelist on Jewish diversity and safety in Jewish spaces, the importance of the Jewish ideological impact and influence on comic superheroes as American mythology, and the struggle of reconciling difficult Jewish texts.
The Hamptons Synagogue, 7/6 (Westhampton Beach, NY)
  • Lecture on Jewish diversity and some personal, political, and religious reflections on the joys and challenges of being a Jew of color in the 21st century.
Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinic Learning Conference, 7/22 (New York, NY)
  • Roundtable meeting/discussion with freshman clergy about the importance of inclusion and what that means and looks like for our Jewish congregations and communities.
Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, 8/27 (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Roundtable meeting/discussion with young black and Jewish community leaders on the understandings paramount to have in the early stages of building black-Jewish alliances.
Z3 Conference: 1 People, 2 Centers, 3 Opinions, 11/10 (Mountain View, CA)
  • Panelist discussing Jewish diversity and how it impacts the conversation around Israel.
The City College of New York, 11/14 (New York, NY)
  • Lecture on Jewish diversity and some personal and political reflections on the joys and challenges of being a Jew of color in the 21st century.
Limmud UK, 12/21-27 (Birmingham, UK)
  • Featured presenter discussing the origins and differences between black and white anti-Semitism, textual study of race in classic Jewish texts, and the importance of the Jewish ideological impact and influence on comic superheroes as American mythology.

2018

Youngstown State University, 2/19 (Youngstown, OH)
  • Key panelist in discussion around the topics of Jewishness and race, the emergence of Black Lives Matter and the Alt-Right, and how each sparked renewed debates about Jews, race, and whiteness in America and also in Israel/Palestine.
Anti-Defamation League, 4/27 (New York, NY)
  • Panel discussion to address expanding the understanding of the nuances of what intersectional spaces in Jewish life are, in order to more effectively navigate issues surrounding race.
Boston University, 5/7 (Boston, MA)
  • Lecture on the intersection of Jewish and racial/ethnic identities and the importance of diversity and visibility in both realms.
Never Is Now, 12/3 (New York, NY)
  • Panelist in discussion of the racial and ethnic diversity of the Jewish people, and the conversation around equity and inclusion

2017

University of Washington, 1/25 (Seattle, WA)
  • Lecture on the significance of comic book superheroes as American mythology, and the importance of the Jewish ideological impact and influence on them.
BBYO International Convention, 2/17-19 (Dallas, TX)
  • Lecture on the significance of comic book superheroes as American mythology, and the importance of the Jewish ideological impact and influence on them.
  • Panel discussion on the necessity for inclusion in Jewish spaces.
ELI Talks, 3/13 (Chicago, IL)
  • Lecture on the nature of safe spaces in Jewish text and tradition.
Boston University, 3/27 (Boston, MA)
  • Lecture on the intersection of Jewish and racial/ethnic identities and the importance of diversity and visibility in both realms.
Jewish Plays Projects, 6/17-19 (New York, NY)
  • Debut of “White Wedding”, a one-act play exploring the Jew of Color reaction to the post-Trump election environment in America for the “Mah Nishtanah Plays” series.

2016

Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, 1/17 (Bronx, NY)
  • Key panelist on discussion of the revival of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream and applying it through a Jewish lens.
Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale, 3/5 (Bronx, NY)
  • Panelist on middle school discussion of navigating Jewish spaces as a Jewish person of color.
Jews of Color National Convening, 5/2 (New York, NY)
  • Panel discussion on the presence of Jews of Color in the media and using the power of the pen to advocate for change.
Park Slope Jewish Center, 5/4 (New York, NY)
  • Key speaker for presentation to B’nei Mitzvah-age children highlighting the experiences of Jews not exclusively of Ashkenazi descent. 

2015

Salanter Akiba Riverdale (SAR) High School, 3/12 (Bronx, NY)
  • Panel discussion on recognizing the impact of systemic racism on the lives of American citizens.
The Kaleidoscope Project, 7/15-19 (New York, NY)
  • Monologue performance in ensemble piece tackling racial, ethnic, and religious diversity in Judaism.
Congregation Baith Israel Anshei Emes, 12/13 (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Monologue performance in ensemble piece tackling racial, ethnic, and religious diversity in Judaism.

2014

University of Kentucky, 2/24 (Lexington, KY)
  • Lecture on the intersection of Jewish and racial/ethnic identities and the importance of diversity and visibility in both realms.
Boston University, 11/12 (Boston, MA)
  • Lecture on the intersection of Jewish and racial/ethnic identities and the importance of diversity and visibility in both realms.
Hazon, 12/29 (Falls Village, CT)
  • Lecture/cooking presentation surrounding the concept of “Jewish food” and if it truly exists.

2013

Hillel at Hunter College, 2/27 (New York, NY)
  • Personal presentation about MaNishtana’s roots, writing, and struggles creating a Jewish identity in a world that believe that all Jews look white.
Yale University, 3/1 (New Haven, CT)
  • Dinner presentation on social justice and Orthodox Judaism for the Eliezer Society.
The Airmont Shul, 5/18 (Airmont, NY)
  • Speaker lecturing on Jewish diversity in Biblical times and modern day.
Jewish Board of Family and Children Services, 7/19 (New York, NY)
  • Key panelist for internal staff workshop on ethnic and racial sensitivity.

2011

Jews In ALL Hues, 4/11 (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Speaker presenting Jewish professionals–from Jewish organization administration to lay leaders and clergy–with useful tools for creating a welcoming environment and/or programs for Jews of Color, and to inform the way the Jewish community approaches outreach and programming for those with mixed Jewish backgrounds.

2010

Birthright Israel Next, 5/13 (Philadelphia, PA)
  • MaNishtana combines religious texts and their relevance to modern day experiences/events throughout the world as an informative guide to this week’s Torah portion of Bamidbar.
A Taste of Limmud NY, 10/21 (New York, NY)
  • Open forum presentation on how the common misconception that all Jews are white motivates MaNishtana’s blogs, videos, artwork, and the creation of MosaicMatches.com.