With the third draft of the California Ethnic Studies curriculum expected to be approved on 18 March 2021, a divide has appeared between JIMENA, supported by mainstream Jewish organisations, and the American Sephardi Federation. The disagreement stems from the ideological framework behind the proposed curriculum, Critical Race Theory (CRT), itself under fire here and here. CRT sees US society afflicted by systemic racism and ethnic groups in the US as oppressed or oppressors (Jews are lumped into the latter group). While JIMENA has tried to work within the framework to ensure that Jews - and specifically Sephardi Jews - are mentioned and that antisemitism in conformity with the IHRA definition is not ignored, the ASF claims that the latest curriculum draft is in opposition to US values of pluralism and drives a wedge between Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jews, as well as defining Jews by their own oppression.
sign their petition by today's deadline (12 March), the ASF held an online discussion called Beyond the Curriculum between Isaac de Castro (pictured) and Blake Flayton. De Castro wrote the following Times of Israel blog:
College campus antisemitism has become a hot topic, but one so many wrongfully isolate. The push for a Critical Ethnic Studies is a consequence of this, a natural ending point to a toxic cycle forming.