The latest edition of Commentary magazine, published online Friday, has already generated widespread criticism for its cover and its feature articles. The theme is “African Americans vs. American Jews,” set in all caps against a blood-red background.
.@commentary is a racist blight on American Jewish culture. pic.twitter.com/LvNdYTqsem— Nathan Goldman (@nathangoldman) June 15, 2018
But there is a sizable number of African America Jews who may feel ignored by Commentary. According to estimates from the Pew Research Center’s 2013 “Portrat of American Jews,” 2% of America’s Jews describe themselves as black. By comparison, Pew’s study also found that 2% of America’s Jews were born in Israel.
Altogether, black Jews number about 106,000 people, according to Pew’s estimates.