2010 Conference
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Aliza Hausman


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Aliza Hausman is a Blogger, Freelancer Writer, Speaker, Conversion Counselor, former high school English teacher. Once hailed as “the rare white panda,” Aliza is a Dominican-American Latina Orthodox Jewish convert who blogs about her experiences at “Memoirs of a Jewminicana” (alizahausman.net). Aliza hopes to create more welcoming communities for converts, Jews of color, and newly observant Jews. She is STILL working on a book about her long, winding journey to Judaism.

Racism in the Jewish Community

Aliza Hausman, Yehuda Hausman

Identity & Responsibility

We will explore racism in the Jewish community on both the personal and community level. We will discuss stereotypes, anti-Semitism, relations with non-Jews and people of other races. We will look at the issues Jews of color encounter in the community. How does culture influence self-perception? How do our cultural perceptions affect others? How can talking and learning about racism help us work towards a more cohesive Jewish community? This session will use Jewish, anecdotal and popular sources.

Memoirs of a Jewminicana: A One-Woman Show!

Arts & Performance, Identity & Responsibility

I’m Jewish. I’m Latina. They tell me, I have to choose! What’s a self-described Jewminicana to do? I’ll tell you a story that begins in New York City—specifically, Washington Heights, on the Dominican side—and circles back (and around Israel) to the Orthodox Jewish side. There is some running away from nightmarish situations, kidnappings, cool Holocaust survivors, wars in Israel, racism in strange places, ducking kugel recipes, and even some combat boots as favored synagogue attire.

Intersections of Jewishness

How do our identities shape the way we interact with others?

Dasee Berkowitz, Aliza Hausman, Abbie Yamamoto, Carlos Zarur

Global History & Culture, Interactive

This panel brings together three Jews with varying profiles: a Dominican-American Jew; a Latin American Mizrahi-Sephardic Jew; and a Japanese-Askhenazi Jew. What are our commonalities and differences? Using the stories of the panelists as a spring board, we will launch into our stories and experiences about being Jewish, how we identify as Jews, and how that relates to our lives, with a focus on how our Jewish identities effect inter-cultural and inter-ethnic experiences.


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