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Deep Space Dive, a DS9 pod. Worf: Star Trek’s 1st Jew of Color

“We’re ALL ambassadors.” –  Rafael Shimunov.

Artist and organizer Rafael Shimunov’s family of Bukharian Jewish refugees from Uzbekistan learned English by watching Star Trek. Raf’s read on Worf as a fellow Jew of color is eye opening. We talk all things Worf, but especially about his depiction as a Jewish person of color, directly within Star Trek’s coding of his background and metaphorically as an individual who finds meaning in his multiple identities.

We answer listener questions on everything from Worf and Orthodox religious identity to his success with the ladies and his post Deep Space Nine future. And how Klingon has more in common with Jewish languages than you might think. 

Follow Raf’s twitter: https://twitter.com/rafaelshimunov

And for more Jewish Leftism check out the organization Elana and Raf are on the steering committee of, https://twitter.com/theJewishVote.

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