Atlanta Jews of Color Council is a grassroots organization owned and led by Jewish women of color. With ownership comes autonomy to speak and make decisions for ourselves. AJOCC works at the intersection of empowerment and social impact. It is built on recommendations from the local community.
AJOCC serves as the south’s intergenerational leadership development, mentoring, empowerment and power building platform for Jewish women of color and girls. AJOCC is at the forefront of championing justice and equitable policies that center racial, economic, and gender justice to promote health and wellness, economic security, education, and global empowerment as key elements of liberation.
Our goal is to embrace the humanity in every person by promoting a culture of justice where all individuals, regardless of race and ethnic identities, ages, nationalities, social and economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religious, ideological perspectives, and physical and mental abilities are able to thrive and be engaged. Our intersectional lived-experience gives us a unique vantage point to provide strategic and programmatic leadership for equity and inclusion initiatives that advance justice as a critical component of business, and welcoming communities.
Jews are located in almost every corner of the world, and can be categorized as Sephardi Jews in Northern Africa, Spain and Portugal; Mizrachi Jews from communities in Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Syria and other Middle Eastern countries; or Ashkenazi Jews from Europe. Jews also descend from ancient communities in Ethiopia, India and China. In the United States Jewish demographics are becoming more diverse. Younger Jews are far more likely to say they are not white. In all, 15% of Jewish adults in the United States under 30 years old are Hispanic, Black, Asian, another non-white race or multiracial; 12% for ages 30 to 39.
No initiative for social justice has ever succeeded without the full participation and leadership of those most affected. We must elevate diverse perspectives, beliefs, and values as vital to our community’s conversation of purpose.
We ask our community to arrive with empathy and an equity forward perspective to create a community based on respect for the dignity of each individual and a shared sense of responsibility for the well-being of one another. We must seek to understand privilege and confront overt and hidden biases in ourselves, our organizations, institutions and systems.
“Those with the closest proximity to the problem are the closest to finding the best solutions.” -Glenn Martin
What We Do- Grassroots activism/policy change, curriculum creation, leadership development, and educational support.
- Provide liberative, affirming, safe spaces where JOC can gather authentically in community to connect around cultural impact, empowerment, and build validating relationships.
- Educational workshops, panel discussions, and DEI trainings for developing relationships across faiths, culture, and race.
- Co-create with our partners from concept to implementation in all equity, diversity and inclusion work. We offer programs and resources, along with 3–12-month consulting and partnership engagements.
- Use data-driven analysis to set a trajectory for social justice goals to be reached with stakeholders, board members, and ecosystem partners
- Support leaders in producing scalable DEI solutions that benefit individuals, businesses, and philanthropic endeavors
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Atlanta Jews of Color is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
Contributions to us are tax-deductible as applicable. EIN# 86-2134580.
Please contact us if you would like to make a donation.
Gifts can be made online through Venmo @atlantaJOCC, on PayPal by clicking on the donate button located at the bottom of this page, or checks can be sent via mail to: AJOCC, P.O. Box 468271, Atlanta, GA 31146
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