Be'chol Lashon Newsletter: December 2010
New Video! Gates of Healing: The Abayudaya Health & Economic Development Project
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400 Miles to Freedom
Help Be'chol Lashon Build a Diverse, Growing Jewish People
South Africa: 50th Annual Lemba Cultural Association Conference
India: 100th Anniversary Celebration
Who's White? Who's Black? Who Knows?
Never mind what you've heard. Halle Berry was not the first black woman to win an Academy Award for Best Actress. She was actually the 74th white one.
International Adoptions Changing Face Of U.S. Judaism
Dobb and his wife grappled with infertility before they adopted two children, one African-American and the other of mixed race. Rejecting the "mantra of Jewish procreation," he said there are other ways to strengthen and build the Jewish community.
The morality of gay adoption
Leaving orphans to drown without love is deeply immoral, but to stop others from rescuing them is an abomination.
The DNA Speaks
Are Jews a "nation" or a "people"? The Hebrew term ‘am means both. Both terms, moreover, have been subjected to disapprobation in our time—although not nearly to the extent of "race," a term that Jews themselves stopped using nearly a century ago.
Hanukkah at the White House
Faith and perseverance were the words that echoed through the halls of the White House as the President, Vice President and First Lady celebrated Hanukkah with about 500 guests including...Jane Ramsey and Rabbi Capers and Rabbinit Miriam Funnye.
Buñuelos: A Curious Christmas and Hanukkah Connection
One of my most cherished childhood memories is Christmas Eve at my aunt Carmenza´s house. Chief among them, were delicious, golden, crispy buñuelos, savory deep-fried balls of heavy cheese dough, often served as a snack or as part of dessert on Christmas Eve.
Raul Castro celebrates Hanukkah with Cuban Jews
Associated Press, December 7, 2010
Cuban President Raul Castro celebrated Hanukkah on Sunday with the island's tiny Jewish community, a heavily symbolic act at a time when his government is holding a Jewish-American subcontractor on suspicion of spying.
As Hanukkah closes, menorahs have flickered in surprising place: Iran
By Becky Lee Katz, The Christian Science Monitor, December 9, 2010
Home to Jews – including the biblical Esther – for 3,000 years, the land today is sprinkled with synagogues that serve the Middle East’s largest community of Jews after Israel.
The Jewish palate: Discovering the Jews of Cochin, India
Spice up your Shabbat meal with an exotic Southern Indian recipe fused with the flavors of our Cochini Cousins. It is from their traditional Sabbath meal or Hamin. All of the flavors of Southern India blend together to form a truly unique treat.
Growing Up Jewish in India
It is a startling reaction that I often face whenever I meet someone outside India who is confused or even doubtful of the existence of Indian Jewry. “There are Jews in India?” they ask.
A newish kind of Jewish
According to historians, 2000 years ago a group of Jews exiled from the Galilee region were shipwrecked and landed in Maharashtra, a region in India. Being Jews in a non Jewish land, they assimilated with the natives living there while keeping their Jewish customs.
Indian-Israelis celebrate a dual tradition
The story of Indian Jews’ migration to Israel is similar in some ways to their brethren from all over the world who have made aliyah, maintains author Dr. Maina Singh. Like many of their “cousins,” Indian Jews were inspired by the creation of a Jewish state.
Backpacking to Enlightenment: Lev Olam in India
Lev Olam (Heart of the World) aims at tapping into this human resource by reining in Israeli enthusiasm and spirit to use as a force for good and change for India.
Be'chol Lashon in India
Namasté! Andrew Esensten of Be'chol Lashon traveled to India earlier this year and visited several Indian synagogues and neighborhoods.
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Rabbi Juan Mejia: Undoing the Inquisition
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