Be'chol Lashon Newsletter: September 2012
9th Annual Bay Area Be'chol Lashon Retreat: SUKKOT UNDER THE STARS
Join us for "Sukkot under the Stars." We have a spectacular program this year. Some of our special guests this year include New York artist-in-residence Siona Benjamin, CJM's Daniel Barash with a Shadow Puppet Workshop, and a Tell Your Own Story Session with LatinaJews.com founder, Maria Ramos-Chertok. Register here.
There are white Jews, Black Jews, Asian Jews, and Arab Jews – but blue Jews? No, no such thing exists. Which is exactly why artist Siona Benjamin paints them. If the Jews are blue, one cannot simply assume a race or identity to them, they could be anyone, at any time.
Maria Ramos-Chertok’s Recipe For Integrity
“I’m Cuban. I’m Jewish. I’m Cuban. I’m Jewish?” That was more or less the monologue in the mind of Maria Ramos-Chertok growing up in New Jersey as the child of a Catholic Cuban immigrant father and an American Jewish mother who had converted to Catholicism.
Camp Be'chol Lashon: An Inclusive Global Vision for a Diverse Judaism
All of our children, regardless of race, are increasingly aware of themselves as part of the global world. If the diversity that they see on TV or experience in school or through social media remains apart from their Jewish experiences, we risk broader marginalization and irrelevance.
Theorizing Contemporary Practices of Slavery
Asst. Prof. Jane Gordon was named winner of the 2012 Best Paper Award from the Foundations of Political Theory section of American Political Science Association (APSA). Kudos to Jane! And Mazel tov to the Gordon family on the Sula becoming a Bat Mitzvah.
To Reluctantly Go Where No Jew had Gone Before: The Adventures of the First Global Prophet
Jonah is a book of firsts. It is the first time in the Bible that an Israelite gets on a boat (Moses’ basket joyride notwithstanding). It is the first time that an Israelite prophet is sent on a good will mission to a foreign nation. These firsts place Jonah in a very sui generis category of prophet that can teach us a lot in these troubled times in our global village.
The Perception Gap
There are kids from overlooked AAPI communities that don't go to college, don't have enough for tuition, and don't believe education transforms. This doesn't sync with the idea of the Asian American "archetype." It's a perception gap.
Asian students visiting Israel 'speak science'
With young people in the Far East becoming a powerhouse in the sciences, Israel excelling as a start-up nation and each side not knowing much about the other, the Asian Science Camp (ASC) is being hosted in Jerusalem by the Foreign Ministry and the Science and Technology Ministry.
New Pew Forum Report Finds Rising Tide of Religious Restrictions Around the World
Even before the recent turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa – including attacks on U.S. embassies and the killing of an American ambassador – the region was experiencing increasing hostilities and tensions involving religion.
Actually, I Am Jewish, Even If You Don't Agree
It always comes up when I least expect it, inevitably catching me off guard. It's an innocent question asked in the course of small talk at a party. It's the question of who is a Jew. And if you aren't a Jew, who can make you one?
My Two Diasporas: On Being Jewish and Chinese
Diaspora. A fine word, a Greek word, full of grandeur and romance. It sounds desperate and aspirational. “I am the product of… diaspora.” In my particular case, two diasporas: Jewish and Chinese.
Thoughts From A Unicorn: An Interview with MaNishtana
Shais Rison aka MaNishtana is known in our community for being outspoken about being Black and Jewish. Whether it’s his video about JOC-slapping, or his blog posts, he’s not shy about talking about issues that affect JOCs. Next month, his book Thoughts From A Unicorn will be released.
Judaism and Global Identity: Photo Exhibits To Showcase Communities Around the World
Where do Jews live? While today’s Jewish population centers are Israel and the United States such simplified borders don’t reflect the multifaceted ethnic, cultural, and racial diversity of the Jewish people.
In Latin America, Jewish communities are booming
Nearly wherever one looks, Jewish life is growing in Latin America, which is now home to an estimated 500,000 Jews. The growth comes as the region continues to transform economically as part of a social evolution following the end of military dictatorships that ruled many countries into the 1980s.
A New Torah For The New Year
On the eve of Tishrei and the Jewish New Year, the small Jewish community of Ahmedabad, in western India, received a new Torah scroll with great fanfare.
Around the World in One Shabbat
Take your child on a colorful adventure to share the many ways Jewish people celebrate Shabbat around the world.
Cookbook Recalls Recipes of Jews of Rhodes
The recipes in “Stella’s Sephardic Table” tell the story of the Diaspora and the myriad influences on the food of Sephardic Jews, incorporating aspects of Spanish, Ottoman Turkish, Greek, and in this case even African cuisines. From Turkish kebabs to African piri-piri, and from Greek meatballs to Spanish fried rice pilaf, Cohen paints a picture of her heritage and the beautiful flavors that have resulted.
Book: Muslims and Jews in America
This book is an exploration of contemporary Jewish-Muslim relations in the United States and the distinct and often creative ways in which these two communities interact with one another in the American context.
Sukkot Harvest Festival
Come celebrate the ancient harvest festival of Sukkot! This all-ages event will feature a variety of fun and enriching activities. Wander the JCC and experience our center for free all day! ENTRANCE IS FREE • Food for purchase • All are welcome
The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF) is proud to feature La Habana, a unique photographic exhibit by Cuban-born photographer Victoria Montoro Zamorano.
Jewish LGBTQ Monthly Bay Area Mixer
Come join us from 6:30-8:30 for the Jewish LGBTQ monthly Bay Area mixer at Toad Hall, a fun festive bar with patio. Every 2nd Wednesday come make some friends, and catch up with old ones.
Indian-Jewish Comedian Samson Koletkar
Growing up Jewish in Mumbai was more perplexing to those around him than Samson himself. As a first generation Indian Jewish guy with zero historical knowledge of American Standup, Samson brings a refreshingly new approach to thought-provoking humour with a global perspective.
Jewish Women’s Conference, National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles
Afternoon panel: Diversity Within Our Jewish Community: Understanding and Strengthening Each Other – The panelists include Dr. Saba Soomekh, Gina Waldman, and Lacey Schwartz. The moderator is Yael Swerdlow.
Shira Be'shishi - Singing on Friday
Shira Be’shishi (Singing on Friday) is a one of a kind Israeli-style Shabbat experience at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn.
400 Miles to Freedom Screening
In his new film, 400 Miles to Freedom, director Avishai Mekonen breaks his 20-year silence about the kidnapping he endured as a child in Sudan during his community’s exodus out of Africa.
Simchat Torah Celebrations
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur have given all of us intense spirituality. Now let us enjoy the gift of the Torah. Let us all celebrate SIMCHAT TORAH together from 4:00 PM onwards with prayer, singing and dancing with the Torah.
• New York - October 3, 2012 Topic: Judaism in West Africa. RSVP required.
Elisete and her band: Brazilian Carnaval
Elisete and her band in a sweeping musical journey to Brazil with the best Bossa-Nova, Samba, Forro and Xote songs that will make you dance!
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