Dr. Mijal Bitton: Translating Sephardic and Mizrahi Stories in America

Episode 44 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network. 

Dr. Mijal Bitton, Rosh Kehilla and co-founder of the Downtown Minyan, talks to JFN President and CEO Andres Spokoiny about being a translator for the stories of Sephardic, Mizrahi, and other non-Ashkenazi Jewish communities. Andres and Mijal talk about what the trajectory of those communities has been in the United States, and the misunderstandings that the larger American Jewish community has about the recent waves of immigrant Jews, politically and culturally. Mijal also gives insight into being a woman leader in an orthodox religious community, and witnessing the transcendence of god through parenthood.

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Want to hear more about Jewish philanthropy? Check out other episodes of JFN's "What Gives?" and listen to "Outside the Tzedakah Box," a podcast on Jewish youth philanthropy from JFN's Honeycomb.