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'Who are we?': Asian American Jews explore their identities in a new video project


March 12, 2021

The Lunar project brought over 20 Asian American Jews together in conversation.

(JTA) - When Maya Katz-Ali saw the ad on Facebook recruiting Asian Jews to participate in a new video project about identity, she scrolled through her list of friends to figure out who might be a good fit.

The daughter of a Jewish mother from New York and a Muslim father from India, it didn't occur to Katz-Ali that she fit the bill herself. Though she grew up connected to both parents' cultures - especially the food - she always saw them as distinct. When her mother wanted to hire Indian dancers for her bat mitzvah, she shot the idea down. 

"I remember specifically saying, 'Mom, no, that'...

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