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Be'chol Lashon Newsletter: December 2010
BE'CHOL LASHON UPDATES

Gates of Healing: The Abayudaya Health and Economic Development Project New Video! Gates of Healing: The Abayudaya Health & Economic Development Project
The bead-making project provides much needed income for the women of the region. Community development and improved healthcare provided by the Jews of Uganda to their Christian and Muslim neighbors fosters good will and cooperation.

Media Awards Win $1,000! Be’chol Lashon Media Awards
Call for Entries for the 2010 Be'chol Lashon Media Awards honoring excellence in coverage of global Judaism. No entry fee.

New category! Children’s books: Click here to view a selection of Children's Books

Seven Generations Video and Photo Project by Avishai Mekonen400 Miles to Freedom
Breaking the 20-year silence on the kidnapping filmmaker Avishai Mekonen endured as a child in Sudan, an Ethiopian Israeli man explores immigration & racial diversity in Judaism. Support post-production costs, to help premiere the film in 2011. Watch the trailer here.

Support A Global Jewish PeopleHelp Be'chol Lashon Build a Diverse, Growing Jewish People
At year's end, please consider making a gift to support Be'chol Lashon. We look forward to working together toward a stronger, more vibrant Jewish people, ensuring the participation of future generations in Jewish life.

COMMUNITY MILESTONES OF 2010

Lemba Conference South Africa: 50th Annual Lemba Cultural Association Conference
Congratulations to the Lemba Cultural Association on their 50th Annual Conference on September 11, 2010, attended by over 2,500 people representing the 12 lineages of the Lemba and distinguished guests including ministers from the South African Presidents office. View slideshow.

Gershom Sizomu India: 100th Anniversary Celebration
The Magen Aboth Synagogue in Alibag, Kdonkan India celebrated its 100th anniversary on Sunday, December 26th 2010. This is one of the two synagogues still functioning in the Konkan It is source of pride that the Bene Israel Community in India has maintained its culture and heritage. Read more about Indian Jews here.

NEWS

Who's White? Who's Black? Who Knows? Who's White? Who's Black? Who Knows?
By Jeffrey Kluger, Healthland.Time.com, December 10, 2010

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.

JewsInternational Adoptions Changing Face Of U.S. Judaism
By Lauren Markow, The Huffington Post, December 6, 2010

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.

Jessica The morality of gay adoption
By Shmuley Boteach, The Jerusalem Post, November 27, 2010

Leaving orphans to drown without love is deeply immoral, but to stop others from rescuing them is an abomination.

Jessica The DNA Speaks
By Alex Joffe, Jewish Ideas Daily, December 20, 2010

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.

HOLIDAYS

Hanukkah at the White House
By Staff, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, December 3, 2010

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.

Netanya CollegeBuñuelos: A Curious Christmas and Hanukkah Connection
By Juan Mejia, The Jewish Daily Forward, December 6, 2010

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 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 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.

FEATURED COMMUNITY: INDIA

The Jewish palate: Discovering the Jews of Cochin, IndiaThe Jewish palate: Discovering the Jews of Cochin, India
By Chef Dennis Wasko, The Jerusalem Post, November 29, 2010

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 IndiaGrowing Up Jewish in India
By by Meirah Bhastekar & Richard Lord, Asian Jewish Life, Autumn 2010

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 JewishA newish kind of Jewish
By Natalie Benjamin, The Muhlenberg Weekly, December 9, 2010

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.

A newish JewishIndian-Israelis celebrate a dual tradition
By Douglas J. Guth, Cleveland Jewish Life, December 10, 2010

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 IndiaBackpacking to Enlightenment: Lev Olam in India
By Jana Daniels, Asian Jewish Life, Autumn 2010

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.

Andrew Esensten in IndiaBe'chol Lashon in India
Be'chol Lashon Podcast, February 2010

Namasté! Andrew Esensten of Be'chol Lashon traveled to India earlier this year and visited several Indian synagogues and neighborhoods.

EAST COAST EVENTS

Be'chol Lashon/JBFCS NY Group for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Jews
Wednesday, January 5, 7-9pm
135 W. 50th St., 6th Floor, Suite 4, NYC

Joins us for a presentation: Black Ashkenazi: How I came To See My Identity As a "Swirl". Presenter: Gulienne Rollins, and facilitator: Amina Rochman. RSVP required. Co-sponsored by Be'chol Lashon and JBFCS.

Rabbi Juan Mejia: Undoing the Inquisition
January 11, 2011 at 8:15pm
92nd Street Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street, New York, NY

Forcibly converted during the Inquisition, many Jews continued to practice their religion in secrecy for several decades, after which time some were able to escape to lands of religious tolerance, while others assimilated into the Catholic majority. Or did they?

WEST COAST EVENTS

Camp Be'chol LashonCamp Be'chol Lashon
July 31- August 12, 2011
Walker Creek Ranch, Petaluma, CA
Registration now open! New video!

Early bird discount! Register now for Camp Be'chol Lashon, a new Jewish camp experience for racially and ethnically diverse Jews and all who want to be part of a global Jewish community. Friendships that last a lifetime. Register | Apply for staff

IKARIKAR OF JUDAISM
December 29 (Every Wednesday)
Westside JCC, Los Angeles, CA

Whether you're taking your first step toward conversion, studying to become an adult bat mitzvah or are knee-deep in Jewish learning, the IKAR of Judaism will propel and inspire you on your journey.

THANK YOU

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