My name is Makeda Zabot-Hall, and I am from Portland, Maine. I am currently a first year student at Brandeis University. My entire life I have enjoyed writing, helping others, and staying active. Throughout high school, I have been on the swimming and soccer teams, as well as a member of student council, the Black Female Mentoring Alliance, and a facilitator for Black Rights Club. I also sit on the Maine Youth Court Council where I participate in cases. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, and writing poetry. In past summers I have traveled to Israel and Jamaica where I got the opportunity to experience both sides of my roots. These experiences helped me understand more about my family and our background, which helped me connect more with Judaism.
In this personal essay, Makeda shares one instance of the racism that impacts her, her family, and America.
"I discovered that it does not matter if others think I am Jewish or not because my Judaism is personal to me and it is whatever I want it to be."
As a person of color, Makeda explores the differences she feels in Jewish life compared to her mother, Rebecca.