Asian AND Jewish: An Insider & Outsider Perspective with Maryam Chishti, Rabbi Jacqueline Mates-Muchin and Michael Krasny

By | Jun 22, 2023


We often only talk about racism and antisemitism from the outside, but many Jews of color also experience discrimination from within the Jewish community. Join Maryam Chishti, Co-Executive Director of The LUNAR Collective and Jacqueline Mates-Muchin, the first Chinese-American rabbi and senior rabbi at Temple Sinai in Oakland, CA, for a frank conversation with former public radio host Michael Krasny about the joys and struggles of being both Jewish and Asian. They discuss the importance of challenging the internalized biases people may hold about what it means to be Jewish and share ways to foster inclusiveness that let’s all members of the Jewish community know that they belong.

This conversation is part of a program series sponsored by Moment Magazine and THE WNET Group’s reporting initiative Exploring Hate: Antisemitism, Racism and Extremism.

Exploring Hate investigates the roots and rise of hate, here and around the world, and their content appears on all of WNET’s local and national broadcasts and across their digital platforms. The WNET Group is home to THIRTEEN, America’s flagship PBS television station in New York City. Exploring Hate recently profiled The Lunar Collective and Rabbi Mates-Muchin in the three-part series, Between Black & White: Asian Americans Speak Out. The series was produced in partnership with The Serica Initiative.

Moment Magazine was founded in 1975 by Elie Wiesel & Leonard Fein. Now led by Nadine Epstein, today’s Moment is home to award-winning multimedia journalism and innovative programs that reaches more than 1.5 million people. Moment’s Antisemitism Project is supported by the Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation. 


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