Shaina is a white Jewish woman from Texas. Brahim is a black, Muslim, Berber, Arab man from Morocco.
They met while Shaina was volunteering for an organization Brahim started in a small village in Morocco. It was clear to them both very early in their relationship that they wanted to be together long term so after Shaina returned to the United States, they began the immigration process. They were married two years later, in 2009.
They now live in West Philadelphia with their two-year old son, who they are raising to understand the fullness and diversity of his ancestry. Both are committed to social justice and active in their community.