City College Jewish Studies Program

Where Jewish Studies Captivates Non-Jews

City College’s unique program serves as a cross-cultural bridge
10/22/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Sarah Jafferali, who was born in Trinidad, did not meet a Jew outside of the Bible until she was 13. Her family had moved to Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and she accidentally kicked a soccer ball into the yard of some chasidic Jews. She looked at them, and they at her, but not a word was exchanged as she retrieved her ball.

Last May, she graduated from City College with a major in Jewish studies; she now works as the administrative assistant in CCNY’s Jewish studies program.

Klezmer and hijabs: Diversity is the hallmark of City College’s Jewish studies program. Michael Datikash
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