Diane Tobin, Gary A. Tobin & Scott Rubin,
In Every Tongue: The Racial & Ethnic Diversity of the Jewish People
(Institute for Jewish & Community Research, 2005)

What do you imagine when you picture a Jewish person? If it's some comedian's stereotype (anyone from Billy Crystal to Eddie Murphy), then you really need to read this book.

In Every Tongue is a fascinating look at both the changing face of Judaism and the history of Jewish peoples around the world. The authors make the assertion that Jewish people aren't just of European descent, that there are African Jews, Indian Jews, Chinese Jews, Arab Jews -- and that these are not converts to Judaism, but peoples who have always been Jewish. Supporting their assertions with research, interviews and surveys, the authors state that Jews of color are a growing and energetic group who must be accepted by more mainstream Jews for who and what they are.

I'm not sure I -- white, Anglo-Saxon, pagan -- am the target audience for this book, but I found it very interesting and certainly eye-opening and recommend it.

review by
Laurie Thayer

8 September 2007

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