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The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2020


Shais Rishon

Writer and speaker

Shais Rishon is a Brooklyn-based, African-American, Orthodox Jewish rabbi, author, blogger, graphic artist, and public speaker. A social activist more by chance than choice, Rishon entered the blogosphere in 2009 with the pseudonym "MaNishtana" with a mission “to nurture unity and strengthen multifaceted identity within the Jew of Color (or ‘JOC’) community.” In a speech to the “No Hate, No Fear” rally against antisemitism in New York in January 2020, Rishon declared: “Antisemitism is an evil that does not differentiate between Reform or Conservative, between left or right, or between black or white. And to have any chance of beating it, we must do it together.” (Photo: ROI Community / Screenshot)


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