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Jews You Should Know

Dec 25, 2017


Nissim Black may have grown up in the Jewishly-populated Seattle suburb of Seward Park, but his early life could not have been more distant from those surroundings. Raised around pervasive drug-addiction and gun violence, in the bosom of burgeoning African-American hip-hop culture, the man now named Nissim counted stops in Islam, Christianity and Messianism along his religious journey. Ultimately, he landed in Judaism, currently residing in Jerusalem and producing soulful music, emerging from a heart that, in his words, "burns for Hashem." In this thoroughly frank interview, Nissim Black shares his exceptional story.



Jews You Should Know introduces the broader community to interesting and inspiring Jewish men and women making a difference in our world. Some are already famous, some not yet so. But each is a Jew You Should Know.

The host, Rabbi Ari Koretzky, is Executive Director of MEOR Maryland (, a premier Jewish outreach and educational organization. MEOR operates nationally on twenty campuses and in Manhattan; visit the national website at

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A special thank you to Jacob Rupp of the Lift Your Legacy podcast for his invaluable production assistance.