Video: The Intersection of Jewish Identity, Whiteness, and White Privilege

How do Jewish identity, whiteness, and white privilege intersect with race and racism, social justice, equality, coalition building with the African American community, and philanthropy?


Ilana Kaufman
Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Director, East Bay for the Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco Bay Area

Ilana has twenty years of leadership, community building and organizational development experience. She serves as a strategic thought partner to Jewish and secular organizations working on issues of equity and justice. Prior to joining JCRC, she was a program officer at the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation. She has a Master’s Degree in Educational Pedagogy from Mills College, and is energized by complex problems with solutions that require innovative designs. Ilana has been featured in the Jewish Times of America, and has published articles in eJewish Philanthropy and The Foundation Review. A nationally recognized speaker, Ilana was featured in “ELI Talks: Inspired Jewish Ideas”.

Marc Dollinger
Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility, San Francisco State University

Marc Dollinger holds the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University. He is author of Quest for Inclusion: Jews and Liberalism in Modern America (Princeton University Press), California Jews, American Jewish History: A Primary Source Reader (Brandeis University Press). He is a member of California's advisory committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

Terry Yoffie
JFN Member

Terry Yoffie works as a volunteer in public and private schools, and with civic and Jewish organizations. She assists nonprofits on financing, fund development, strategy, internal controls and risk management in K-12 and higher education, health care, and municipal government. She has been developing, teaching, and overseeing projects on civic engagement and community organizing at Newton North High School and with several nonprofit organizations. Terry serves on the Massachusetts League of Women Voters’ boards; and is a member of the Corporation and of the Audit Committee of Perkins School for the Blind. She is a Trustee of the Boston Medical Center Exceptional Care without Exception Trust; Chair of the Development Committee and Member of the Executive and Finance Committees for the JOIN for Justice Board of Directors; Clerk of the Newton Partnership, Inc.; a member of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism; and serves on the Social Action Committee of Temple Israel, Boston. Terry is a C.P.A. and a Wexner Heritage Fellow. She lives in Newton, MA, has two daughters, and is married to Dr. David Yoffie.