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Black Jews: A Minority Within a Minority
Donna Halper

Aaron Freeman is a Jew and very proud of it. The Chicago-based talk-show
host and comedian is also African-American. He converted to Judaism and is
a member of a Reform congregation. Rabbi Sholomo Levy is also a Jew, also
African-American, but he is not a convert -- like his grandfather, and his
father before him, he chose to become a rabbi. His New York congregation is
somewhere between Orthodox and Conservative in its customs; when he is not
serving that congregation, he teaches college courses and gives lectures on
religious tolerance.

There is no firm estimate on how many American Jews are black, but several
sociologists have placed the figure at about 50,000. As Rabbi Levy writes
on his Web site, "We exist both within our own congregations and in
predominately white congregations. Some of us have


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History of the Jews in the African diaspora - Wikipedia, the free


** History of the Jews in the African diaspora **

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"Black Jews" redirects here. For the Black Jews of Malabar, see Cochin

The *history of the Jews in the African diaspora* refers to black Jews
living in the African diaspora. Some consider themselves to be the true
descendants of the Israelites of the Torah, notably the Black Hebrew
Israelites. The African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem, immigrated from the
United States to Israel beginning in 1969. ^[1]


· 1 North America
· 2 Black Hebrews
· 3 France
· 4 Jews from Arab states in North Africa
· 5 Ethiopian Jews
· 6 Ethiopian Heritage Museum
· 7 See also
· 8 References
· 9 Further reading
· 10 External links

· 10.1 News and articles

*North America[edit]*

Rabbi Wentworth Arthur Matthew with Torah scroll

The American Jewish community includes African-American Jews and other Jews
of African descent. Black Jews belong to each of the major American Jewish
denominations — Orthodox, Conservative, Reform — and to the
smaller movements as well. Like their white Jewish counterparts, there are
also Black Jewish secularists and Black ethnic Jews who may rarely or never
take part in religious practices.^[2]

Estimates of the number of Black Jews in the United States range from
20,000^[3] to 200,000.^[4]

*Black Hebrews[edit]*

Main article: Black Hebrew Israelites

The term "Black Jews" is sometimes used to describe Black Hebrews, groups
of people mostly of Black African ancestry situated mainly in the United
States who believe they are descendants of the ancient Israelites. Black
Hebrews adhere in varying degrees to the religious beliefs and practices of
mainstream Judaism. They are generally


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