Be'chol Lashon Newsletter: April 2011
Jewish Like Me
Young African American Jews, like Rison, are on the forefront of an identity revolution. “American Jew” used to be synonymous with Ashkenazi food, music and religious practice, but those markers of identity are on their way out.
Be’chol Lashon is delighted to bring Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, the leader of the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda, back to the United States for the Spring 2011 speaking tour. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about him, the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda, and about global Jewry in general.
Counting of the Omer or Siferat Ha’omer is a verbal counting of each of the fourty-nine days between Passover and Shavout. The idea of counting each day represents the spiritual preperation for the giving of the Torah. Watch online.
Angela Buchdahl - 50 Most Influential Rabbis in America
The crowds of 600-plus at Central Synagogue’s Friday night services in Manhattan are credited in some measure to the voice and presence of its cantor of five years, Angela Buchdahl, who is also an ordained rabbi.
Census Data Presents Rise in Multiracial Population of Youths
Among American children, the multiracial population has increased almost 50 percent, to 4.2 million, since 2000, making it the fastest growing youth group in the country. The number of people of all ages who identified themselves as both white and black soared by 134 percent since 2000 to 1.8 million people.
Phoebe Snow, 'Poetry Man' singer, dies at 60
Parenting’s Asian-Jewish Connection
Black, Gay, And Jewish: Passover Lamb And Sweeping Statements
My culture is black and queer while my religion is Jewish. This is not to say that they cannot coexist. To some Jews that I meet whose culture differs from my own, it becomes an issue of I’m wrong and they are right.
Mapping My Judaic Studies Career in China: An Academic Confession
How did I start my interest in Jewish subjects and eventually become a Jewish studies scholar in China? As you can imagine, I have been asked this question countless times. It always evokes a sense of hesitation-even an anxiety- in me.
I met Ameenah when I was in sixth or seventh grade at “Jew camp.” She stuck out like a sore thumb ... because she’s so funny. Oh, and she’s black. And there weren’t many black Jews at Jew camp.
The oldest synagogue in the new world is in Brazil
Recife, Brazil .- Brazil is a country that is currently open to all religions. And it does not hurt that the oldest synagogue in the Americas is located right on the Rua do Bom Jesus ", the" Street of the Good Jesus."
Ilan Stavans: Pesaj en Mexico, a Look Back
Passover in Distrito Federal was an opportunity for us to insert our Jewish identity in the larger national and global sphere. The gathering place for El seder—the Seder, in our Yiddish-Spanish jargon—was always the house of one of our abuelas.
Chabad of Beijing Opens Jewish Museum
Elijah’s chair—now 70 years old—that sits on display in the Sino Judaic museum housed in the Bet Yaakov Chabad House and Community Center in Beijing, China used to belong to the ancient synagogue in Tianjin.
Yemen Blues at Le Poisson Rouge
There's been quite a frisson running through the world music community about this band from Israel. And I have to call it a BIG band, since it comprises viola, cello, flute, trumpet and trombone along with two percussionists, voice and bass.
Sephardim Strike Back!
A book excerpt from Persian Food from the Non-persian Bride: And Other Sephardic Kosher Recipes You Will Love. Sephardic Jews are really something to ponder. According to Rabbi Chaim Amsellem, “The Sephardic way is a paradox: to keep tradition but to stay open.
Ache and Anger, Desire and Tenacity
The Israeli singer Yasmin Levy has devoted herself to preserving Sephardic songs in the Judeo-Spanish language Ladino. For Ms. Levy, preserving doesn’t rule out updating and personalizing the music or adding ideas from outside the tradition.
Album Premiere: Y-Love's album "See Me"
Israel in the Gardens
Visit the Be'chol Lashon Kids Zone for interactive performances, including West African drumming and dancing, plus arts and crafts for the entire family.
There is still space at Camp Be'chol Lashon, a new overnight Jewish camp for children who want to be part of a global Jewish community. Generous camperships are available.
Be part of a vibrant growing global Jewish community. Celebrate Sukkot with family and friends at the Bay Area Bechol Lashon Retreat!
Be'chol Lashon/JBFCS NY Group for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Jews
Lag B'Omer - Indian Jews Congregation of USA (Learn-in and Breakfast)
Join Rabbi Stephen Leon for the August Anusim Conference and Israel tour in August. Bnai Anusim to Israel will be in Spain the exact day our ancestors were expelled from Spain.
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