Senior Landecker Fellow Maia Ferdman recently published an article about Latinx Jewish identity in the new edition of the Peoplehood Papers.
In this personal piece titled “Learning from Latino Jews: Preconceptions, Authenticity, and Paradox,” Maia highlights how much one can learn particularly about building a strong sense of self and of community.
Latinx Jews, especially those in the United States, “embody the paradoxical fact that we can be both of a place, and not of a place, belonging to and not belonging to multiple overlapping peoples,” Maia explains, sharing about her paradoxical discoveries in Argentina and beyond.
“Accepting that I embody these paradoxes makes me more whole.”
Furthermore, Maia adds that accepting that she embodies such paradox makes her a more resilient community-builder. “This lack of a totally shared heritage does not diminish my own strong sense of self,” she adds.
- Find Maia’s piece on page 29 of Peoplehood Papers n. 32.
- Read more about Maia’s recent endeavors on her Humanity in Action Person Page.
Maia is one of thirty 2021-2022 Landecker Democracy Fellows. This fellowship, a collaboration between the Alfred Landecker Foundation and Humanity in Action, was created to strengthen a new generation of leaders whose approaches to political and social challenges can become catalysts for democratic placemaking and community building. Read more about the fellowship here.