For Black Jews, Israel is safer than the U.S.

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In North America, Brandy Shufutinsky might be called a Black Jewish woman, or a Jew of colour. But in Israel, she’s just a Jew. It might sound counterintuitive to feel safer in Israel, under threat of geopolitcal tension and terrorism, than in the United States, but that’s the truth. Feeling comfortable walking down the street makes a big difference when you were born in a country where anti-Black racism is significantly more pronounced.

A social worker and activist with two master’s degrees, Shufutinsky joins Rivkush, our podcast about Jews of colour, to discuss her life in both countries, her thoughts on the Palestinian conflict and how she raised proudly Jewish Black family. Follow her on Twitter @76brandy76.


Rivkush is hosted by Rivka Campbell. Michael Fraiman is the editor and prodcer. Our theme music is by Westside Gravy. We’re a member of The CJN Podcast Network; find more great Jewish podcasts at