Be'chol Lashon Newsletter: October 2012

Rabbi Juan Mejia Rabbi Sizomu's Fall Tour
November 2-18, 2012, Various Locations

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 Fall 2012 speaking tour.

Rabbi Juan Mejia Kenny Kahn Receives the Golden Bagel
November 4, 2012, Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco

Mazel Tov to Camp Be'chol Lashon's Co-Director Kenny Kahn for winning The Jewish Sports Hall of Fame of Northern California's Golden Bagel award. For more information about Camp Be'chol Lashon.

Lacey SchwartzNational Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles
November 11, 2012 1:30-2:40 & 2:55-4:05, UCLA, Los Angeles

Lacey Schwartz, Be'chol Lashon's National Outreach Director, is a panelist on Diversity Within Our Jewish Community: Understanding and Strengthening Each Other.

Rabbi Juan Mejia Join a Be'chol Lashon Discussion Group!

• Be'chol Lashon DC Group - November 15, 2012: You are invited to the next gathering of the
Be'chol Lashon DC group with Dr. Carolivia Herron.
• Be'chol Lashon New York Group - November 7, 2012 Topic: The Art of Siona Benjamin.
New! Be'chol Lashon Toronto Group.


Richard LuiFrench Jew shares coveted Nobel Prize in Physics
JTA, The Jerusalem Post, October 9, 2012

Serge Haroche, of Moroccan origin, wins prize with American David Wineland for groundbreaking advances in quantum systems.

Kids Proudly Bearing Elders’ Scars, Their Skin Says ‘Never Forget’
Jodi Rudoren, The New York Times, September 30, 2012

“All my generation knows nothing about the Holocaust,” said Ms. Sagir, 21, "I decided to do it to remind my generation: I want to tell them my grandfather’s story and the Holocaust story.”

Pew Symbol Why Rick Ross’ ‘Black Bar Mitzvah’ is Totally Fine for the Jews
David Meir Grossman, Jewcy, October 15, 2012

The Black Bar Mitzvah will definitely cement Ross’ place among 14-year-old Jewish private school kids but that’s about it.


Carla Naumburg A Promised Land
Brendan Spiegel, Narratively | NYC, October 23, 2012

It was largely questions of identity that led Mekonen to embark on a film project of a personal nature for the first time. His documentary, “400 Miles to Freedom,” tells the story of his personal journey.

So-Han Fan with RabbiWhy Choose Judaism?
Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder, My Jewish Learning, October 18, 2012

But why would they choose Judaism? This is a question I hear often. There is nothing more that I love about being a rabbi, than hearing those who choose Judaism explain their choice.

MaNishtana Jewish multiracial families grow in numbers and commitment
Electa Draper, The Denver Post, September 25, 2012

Among all age groups, 9 percent are multiracial, according to the 2007 Metro Denver/Boulder Jewish Community Study. National organizations note that the trend is increasing through conversion, marriage and adoption.


Torah ‘Feel the rhythm’ of Jamaica’s Judaism
Roberto Loiederman, Jewish Journal, October 10, 2012

The first thing you notice at Shaare Shalom Congregation in Kingston, Jamaica is the sand on the floor.

Latin American Jews For Bukharian Teens, Shelter From The Storm
Steve Lipman, The New York Jewish Week, October 10, 2012

For Bukharian Jewish teens, growing up in families whose parents are largely unfamiliar with the ways of America, “do not see themselves as Americans or as part of the organized American Jewish community.”

Cuba Jews were once loved in Wales
Nathan Abrams, Haaretz, October 14, 2012

Present in Wales since medieval times, Jews have been episodically welcomed, expelled, admired and more recently been regarded with hostility.


Book CoverJay-Z Lit A Menorah Backstage All Eight Nights of His NYC Concert Series
Stephanie Butnick, Jewcy, October 10, 2012

Jay-Z is serious about this whole Jewish street cred thing. After telling Rolling Stone he was the most powerful Jew in the music industry now that Lyor Cohen left the Warner Music Group.

Chicken Legacies
Noreen Daniel, The Indian Jewish Congregation of USA Newsletter, October 2012

Holidays are times to share some of the stories of bygone days with the family. Recollecting wonderful memories of our grandparents and parents, and sharing them with the children is like paying homage to our ancestors.

Book Cover Medieval Jewish banquet in small Italian town resurrects forgotten menus
Ruth Ellen Gruber, JTA, October 17, 2012

On a recent night in Bevagna, an ancient walled town in central Italy’s Umbria region, biancomangiare (almond rice) was being served as the first course of a special kosher-style dinner aimed at re-creating a meal that Jews in Italy would have eaten in the 14th and 15th centuries.


Samson KoletkarRita In Concert: My Joys
Various dates throughout November, Various venues

The dynamic and sultry singer has made a quiet statement against saber-rattling bluster and political oppression, bringing the distinctive pleasures of her Persian family’s songs and celebrations to life with striking, fresh arrangements.

Sukkot Harvest FestivalSea Turtles: Three Generations Of Jewish-French-Tunisian Women Are Looking For a Beach
November 2-11, 2012, Southside Theatre, Bldg D, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

With its all-woman cast, Sea Turtles tells the story of mothers, daughters and sisters shuttled by history between Tunis and Paris, in search of a home and their own identity.

LGBT Jewish FlagJewish LGBTQ Monthly Bay Area Mixer
November 14, 2012, The Mix, San Francisco

Come join us from 6:30-8:30 for the Jewish LGBTQ monthly Bay Area mixer at the Mix, a fun festive bar. Every 2nd Wednesday come make some friends, and catch up with old ones.


Aveshai400 Miles to Freedom Screening
Various dates throughout November, Various venues

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.

BandThe Artwork of Siona Benjamin
Various dates throughout November, Various locations

Siona Benjamin is an artist originally from Bombay, of Bene Israel Jewish descent. Siona’s work reflects her complex cultural background and the transition between the old and new worlds. She raises questions about “home”, identity, immigration, and the role of art in social change.

TorahYemen Blues @ Highline Ballroom
November 12, 2012, Highline Ballroom, New York

Yemen Blues mixes music of Yemen and West Africa with contemporary grooves, from funk to mambo, and the deep soul of old chants. Conjuring up a rich and diverse aural palette, Yemen Blues coexists in both the past and present, at once timeless and modern.


If you want to book a speaker, screen a film or for press inquiries, contact or 415.386.7900.

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