Robin Washington

Journalist Robin Washington is a research scholar for Be’chol Lashon and co-founder of the Alliance of Black Jews. He may be reached at or via Twitter @robinbirk

Articles by Robin Washington

Who Black Hebrew Israelites Are—And Who They Are Not

While many, if not most, Israelite or Hebrew adherents have not had a halachic conversion, it’s not so easy to dismiss them as “not real Jews.”

Remembering Julius Lester — And a Stop Along His Spiritual Journey

A meaningful and surprising first encounter creates lasting bond

Searching a Family Tree for Raisins: A Passover Story

Remembering the flavors and folks of seders past.

How Kosher is “Kosher Soul?”

What could be funnier than a black man marrying a white woman? Before you say “Loving v. Virginia,” hold on, ...

Does “Selma” Deserve an Oscar? Ask Butch and Sundance

With the Wild West fading and the railway men closing in, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid head for the ...

Lessons from Catholic Mass for Rosh Hashanah

Growing up in a very Reform household, I was never completely comfortable at the prospect of being called to the ...

Tikkun Olam on Juneteenth

Despite the fact that it’s a celebration, I have bittersweet feelings about Juneteenth. Its origins are traced to Union troops ...

How Much is Dayenu? $35

It was at his older brother’s bar mitzvah that 9-year-old Josh Levy gave the answer to a question we all ...

Esther’s Secret Identity

Several years ago, I started a new job in a new city and wanted to check out a local synagogue. ...