Rabbi Donna Cephas

Donna Cephas is a rabbinical student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. In 2008, she earned a master’s degree in Jewish education from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Since 2009, she has chronicled the personal narratives of a cross-section of non-Jewish adults committed to raising Jewish children, and teaches workshops on developing and using personal narratives. At Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City, she helped develop and co-facilitate a learning and support group for non-Jewish adults raising Jewish children. Currently, she is president of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, a nationwide network of Muslim and Jewish women dedicated to fostering relationships, interfaith learning and social-justice initiatives. Donna was born and raised in New York City, where she lives with her husband, Derrick, and their children.


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Racism in the Jewish Community

Co-written by Rabbi Sandra Lawson and Donna Cephas, this essay examines the assumption that all Jews are white, while touching on a myriad of interrelated issues: conversion, interracial families, adoption, Ashkenazi privilege and political correctness.

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