About Us

JOCTA In a Nutshell

The JOC Torah Academy (JOCTA) provides Jewish education for Jews of Color (JOCs) by Jews of Color. At JOCTA, JOCs are defined as people who are considered non-white in the U.S. by nature of their generational lineage and identify as such (including Mizrahi and Sephardi Jews). JOCTA exists to empower Jewish people of color who oftentimes find themselves alienated or sidelined by racism in majority-white Jewish institutions. JOCTA allows Jewish people of color to access the Jewish education needed to be empowered members and leaders of the broader Jewish community, creating space to celebrate marginalized customs and traditions, uncover lost histories, and (re)build culture. JOCTA’s classes take place weekly at the Bronfman Center in New York City, and the learning is also accessible anywhere by way of online participation. JOCTA’s 2019-2020 term will begin November 4th, 2019 and continue through June 29th, 2020, with the overarching theme “Reclaim Hope and Imagination.”

Ammud, The JOC Torah Academy is supported by and in partnership with NYU Bronfman Center, Jews For Racial and Economic Justice and JCC Harlem. Our hope is to be in deep relationship with the community, so if you are interested in institutional collaboration please be in touch at joctorahacademy@gmail.com.


*JOCTA is grounded in anti-oppression values and is a brave space where oppressive behavior will be disrupted and held accountable.* Credit to Yavilah McCoy for the umbrella term and program "JOC Torah Academy."