Be'chol Lashon Newsletter: May 2012
Space still available at Camp Be'chol Lashon, a new overnight Jewish camp for children who want to be part of a global Jewish community.
Visit Be'chol Lashon's KID & FAMILY ZONE! Performances by Rythym Village African Drumers, Capoeira Sul da Bahia and the San Francisco Circus School. Buy Jewish crafts from around the world.
Was Columbus secretly a Jew?
Everybody knows the story of Columbus, right? He was an Italian explorer from Genoa who set sail in 1492 to enrich the Spanish monarchs with gold and spices from the orient. Not quite.
Young ‘Millennials’ losing faith in record numbers
A growing tide of young Americans is drifting away from the religions of their childhood -- and most of them are ending up in no religion at all.
The Future Will Be More Religious and Conservative Than You Think
Those who doubt whether demography can shape politics should consider world Jewry. The combination of religious polarization and demographic upheaval is especially stark among Jews.
Muhammad Ali’s Grandson is Bar Mitzvahed
In the 1960s, Muhammad Ali stood as an exemplar of black pride and beacon of hope for oppressed people around the world. In recent years, he has been a symbol of tolerance and understanding.
Ex-Hasidic rapper comes out of closet, receives support of Orthodox fans
Yitz Jordan, the African American "ex-Hasidic" Jewish rapper known as Y-Love, said he is overwhelmed by the support he has received from fans, especially those in the Orthodox community, since outing himself as a gay man earlier this week.
Q&A: Drew Lovejoy on Irish Dancing
Drew Lovejoy proves that you don’t need to be Irish to excel at Irish dancing. Lovejoy, a 17-year-old American biracial Jew, recently won his third consecutive All Irish Dance Championship, the oldest competition in the Irish dance world. He was also the 2010 Irish dance world champion in his age group.
Do we really love Ruth?
I’ll never forget the mother-in-law who told her newly Jewish daughter-in-law at the conversion mikvah, “Good! Now that you are officially Jewish you can stop practising, like the rest of us.” What a welcome. What does that say about how much we born Jews appreciate our own heritage?
Saris and Chuppahs for the B’nei Israel Jews of India
In the 1950s and 1960s, as part of a wave of Indian immigration to Israel, Ms. Talker-Shefer’s grandfather flew to Israel with 15 family members in tow. Upon arrival, her family had one true goal: to live in modern Israel, as Israelis.
Paradise, not lost
Yes, there are Jews on the exotic island of Tahiti. And yes, there is a synagogue in the capital city, Papeete, and its members live on the main isle of this group of 121 volcanic islands and coral atoll, 76 of them which are inhabited.
Opinion: Learning True Nature of Judaism While Davening in East Africa
We take for granted that we can go to the supermarket and buy boxes of Passover matzah. For the Abayudaya community in Uganda, it's not such a simple thing.
Jubanos: The Jews of Cuba
Cuba is known for its revolutionary leaders, communism, cigars, and 50s cars. However, religion does not define this small island. JUBANOS: THE JEWS OF CUBA, tells the humbling story of the 1500 Jews who remained in the country despite the difficulties.
Maurice Sendak’s Jewish legacy lives on along with the ‘Wild Things’
Since his death on May 8 at age 83, Sendak has been referred to frequently as the most important children's author of the 20th century. His millions of fans crossed borders of age, race, gender, nationality and religion.
Not Your Bubbe’s Recipe: Cheese and Spinach Blintzes
Jews can take credit for one thing—we popularized blintzes in the United States. As Jewish immigrants started frying them up for Hanukkah and stuffing them with sweetened ricotta or farmer’s cheese for Shavuot, people began taking notice, mass producing them for freezer aisles across the country.
Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish
The play Romeo and Juliet has been translated around the world. Now Eve Annenberg’s gritty, funny new feature film sets William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in contemporary New York, spoken in today's Yiddish by mostly young, ex-Orthodox actors.
Jewish LGBTQ Monthly Bay Area Mixer
The Jewish LGBTQ monthly Bay Area mixer will be at The LookOut from 6:30-9.
Beth Shalom will be hosting their Annual meeting and ordination service. The weekend includes awards for students who have graduated and received special awards and honors during the school year.
Be'chol Lashon New York Discussion Group
NEW! Be'chol Lashon and Sixth & I sponsoring new discussion groups in Washington, DC. Sign up here.
Individuals, Couples and Parents Groups are all meeting on Sunday, May 20 at Tikvat Israel to attend a screening "Re-emerging: The Jews of Nigeria. If you are ingterested or for more information please email Meka at DC@BecholLashon.org.
Radiate: Art of the South Asian Diaspora
Works by eleven artists with a connection to South Asia. This exhibition is curated by Kathryn Myers, Professor of Art at the University of Connecticut.
Sephardic Music Festival Teaser: Sarah Aroeste: CD Release Party with OUDBLUES
Come celebrate Sarah Aroeste’s CD release, Gracia! It’s been a 2-year labor of love writing original Ladino songs and experimenting on some old ones, too.
Julian Voloj: Only in New York
Since moving to New York in 2003, the exploration of Jewish identity has become a leitmotif in the work of photographer Julian Voloj.
My Soul Flies Home to Africa
Chester Higgins Jr., who has been called “the preeminent photographer of the African Diaspora,” will be displaying photographs from 40 years of travel up the River Nile, plus some portraits of our African neighbors up the River Hudson.
If you want to book a speaker, screen a film or for press inquiries, contact Speakers@bechollashon.org or 415.386.7900.