Be'chol Lashon Newsletter: July / August 2011
Prayer, and Bug Juice, at a Summer Camp for Jews of Color
Camp Be’chol Lashon (“In Every Tongue”) here in the hills of Marin County about 35 miles north of San Francisco. For the past two years, it has provided the commonplaces of Jewish summer camp, right down to poison oak and bug juice, to an emerging population of Jews of color. See photos here.
Speakers Bureau: Let the Synagogue Say Amen
Rabbi Capers Funnye, Associate Director of Be’chol Lashon, addressed a Beverly Hills synagogue and says Judaism is a global faith not limited to ethnicity. Click here more information about the Be'chol Lashon Speakers Bureau.
Molla becomes first Ethiopian deputy Knesset speaker
MK Shlomo Molla (Kadima) was elected deputy Knesset speaker on Wednesday, and will become the first Ethiopian to fill the role when Knesset summer recess ends in late October.
Pushing Boundaries, Mixed-Race Artists Gain Notice
Work by mixed-race artists is increasingly visible in museum exhibitions, in bookstores and online — raised to the spotlight by new census numbers that show a roughly 32 percent increase since 2000 in the number of Americans declaring multiracial identity.
Judge moves to strike circumcision ban from S.F. ballot
A San Francisco Superior Court judge tentatively ruled that an initiative banning circumcisions for anyone under 18 be removed from the November ballot. The ruling came in response to a lawsuit, which argued that state law bars municipalities from banning legitimate medical practices.
Jews of Many Colors: Intermarriage, conversion and adoption are creating an ever more racially diverse Tribe
The increasing racial and ethnic diversity of the American Jewish population that has taken place in the last few decades has been part of the larger social transformation of American Jews in the post-World War II period, when declining anti-Semitism and more fluid social boundaries allowed Jews to come into greater contact with Americans of all backgrounds.
Egg Rolls and Matzoh Brei: A look at Asian-Jewish marriages
After her husband stepped on the glass at their wedding, and she survived the chair dance without falling, Emily Brecher changed into a traditional red Chinese dress.
Florida's Alex Tyus Says Shalom
Last July, Amar’e Stoudemire made waves when he took a trip to Israel to research his Jewish roots. The trip was embraced by Jews everywhere as it is not everyday that a 6-9 NBA All-Star declares himself to be a member of the tribe.
Turkey to return confiscated Jewish property
The Turkish government announced it will return property confiscated from Jews and Christians over the past seven decades. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday told the leaders of 150 Jewish and Christian foundations of the government order during a Ramadan break-fast dinner.
Rabbi elected to Buenos Aires parliament
Argentine Rabbi Sergio Bergman handily won a seat on the Buenos Aires municipal legislature. Bergman led with 45 percent of the vote, more than tripling second-place finisher Juan Cabandie of the Victory Front Party, who had 14 percent.
Rare Jewish-Indian Haggadah found in Salford
The 137-year-old Poona Haggadah, used by the Bene Israel community at Passover, was found by University of Manchester historian, Dr Yaakov Wise. He said he paid a "substantial" fee after recognising it at the sale.
Was Amy Winehouse 'A Nice Jewish Girl'?
What is the origin and current rationale of the expression ‘nice Jewish boy’ or ‘nice Jewish girl’? The latest example I’ve come across in the media is the repeated reference to Amy Winehouse as a ‘nice Jewish girl who blah, blah, blah.
Ziggy Marley: I'm jealous of Jewish culture
Ziggy Marley feels very close to Israel. He's married to Orly, an Israeli woman, and they have three children: A girl named Judah Victoria, a boy called Gideon, and a baby - Abraham Selassie. Marley admits that, having no other choice, he celebrates all the Jewish holidays and is very jealous of our culture.
The Black Generation Gap
By Ellis Cose, The Root, June 1, 2011
Competing with other racial groups is nothing new to them. Their identifying characteristic is their fervent -- if not totally universal -- belief that they personally can overcome whatever obstacles prejudice might set in their way. They don't believe that America is color-blind, race-neutral or "postracial."
"JapJAP" premieres in the Bay Area
Tearing down borders and tearing off clothes, JapJAP's body is her only roadmap as she embarks on a journey through identity, culture, and history. Join the Bay Area premiere of this politically, visually, and emotionally provocative full-bodied one-woman show.
Galeet Dardashti Concert
Singer Galeet Dardashti performs Middle eastern musical poetry reinventing Persian melodies and Hebrew texts with electronic soundscapes and dynamic video projections.
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
My Magic Carpet: Works by Siona Benjamin
Benjamin has traveled near and far both physically and emotionally before returning to Mumbai, where she was born. Growing up in India she was a member of the Jewish Bene Israel group that settled there at least nine generations ago.
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