Oprah Meets a Black Hasidic Family

Oprah sits down with Dinah Abrahamson and her children, Sarah and Yosef, one of few black Hasidic families in Crown Heights.

This video was filmed in 2012 by OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network). Dina Abrahamson suddenly passed away in 2013.

Comments (3)

(3) Carlos Sorto Tejada, June 8, 2018 5:52 PM


Love this article , thanks for sharing

(2) Alan Ira Silver, June 3, 2018 9:27 PM

Of what race / ethnicity was Tzipporah, Moses wife?

The Hebrews were slaves before any other people knew of being in bondage by another people.

(1) joshua, June 3, 2018 2:35 PM

Not uncommon anymore

We have a small community - fewer than 1,000 families - and there are probably 5-6 Orthodox families who are african american (not Chassidishe). Most are converts. To be honest, none of us notice skin color. They're full on religious Jews like the rest of us. There is ZERO discrimination. As far as I can tell, no hidden prejudice. My kids are color blind. Similarly, there are lots of special needs kids - again, zero discrimination or prejudice. Would I consider any of these folks as a shidduch (match) for marriage to one of my kids someday? Absolutely. Using the same criteria we would use for any other family. In fact, I hold these folks in high esteem. They are brave, proud, and committed co-coreligionists, who carry an extra burden outside of our community. Additionally, I know someEthiopian Jews, and similarly, there's no discrimination inside the Orthodox community. It may not be that way everywhere, but that's the way it is in our town.


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