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February 5, 2013

Funny, you don't look Jewish

Nechemya Davis, Borough Park, 2012
After converting to Judaism, Nechemyah Davis contemplates his new life in the predominantly Jewish community of Borough Park,
Brooklyn, New York, July 2012. " Sometimes in Borough Park I'll be down the street and I'll see a guy with his son and the son will keep looking back at me. Eventually he'll ask his father, "Who is the guy behind us? Is he Jewish?" I always wonder what that parent says to his child. I tell my friends to try to educate their children so they know G-d created all kinds of people. One thing about the Jewish world, though - you might get stared at but once someone gets past you being different, you’re pretty much a part of the community." feature: The Black Orthodox // Wayne Lawrence - instituteartist.com

Posted by gerardvanderleun at February 5, 2013 8:41 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Yep, and when Sammy Davis Jr married May Britt
he became an Afro-Jewish-Swede.

Posted by: Anon at February 5, 2013 10:28 AM

He became a hair style, Jewish and a Swede?

Posted by: Anonoh at February 5, 2013 11:20 AM

A joker in every deck!

Posted by: Will at February 5, 2013 12:35 PM

Go to Israel. Many Jews have made aliyah from Ethiopia. Mr. Davis would fit right in.

Posted by: Fat Man at February 5, 2013 1:01 PM

Yup, like the Jewish couple traveling in China, spot a temple. They go in and meet Ya Fong the Rabbi.

Their first comment is, "Funny, you don't look Jewish."

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck at February 6, 2013 4:05 AM

In Jerusalem, when I see a black guy hanging around downtown with a toothpick in his mouth and a machine pistol around his neck, I find it reassuring.

In the US, it would be terrifying. Just as black, but a different culture...

I testify that this is literally true.

Posted by: AreaMan at February 6, 2013 5:03 AM

I can't remember his name offhand, and I'm too lazy at the moment to do a search, but I seem to remember that Charleston, SC had a black Orthodox Jewish police chief. Maybe they still do, since I also remember him being quite popular with both the citizens and the Department. In his case, he wasn't a convert, but grew up Jewish because of grandparents on one side of the family who were Russian Jews.

Posted by: waltj at February 6, 2013 9:31 AM

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