Be'chol Lashon Newsletter: January 2013

A Jewish Marriage Resolution We Can Keep
Diane Tobin, The Huffington Post, January 14, 2013

Thinking that we can change the choices individuals make is a fool's errand. Trusting our children's instincts and focusing on fostering the positive attributes that Judaism has to offer will have a greater impact on not only the raw number of Jews, but on the strength of Jewish identity as well.

Cultural relations
Ruth E. Kott, University of Chicago Magazine, January-February, 2013

Be'chol Lashon scholars, Helen Kim and Noah Leavitt, investigate how racial, ethnic and religious identities intersect among couples where one spouse is Jewish American of any racial or ethnic descent and one spouse is Asian American of any religion or ethnic descent in "The Newest Jews? Understanding Jewish American and Asian American Marriages."


When Dr. Seuss Took On Adolf Hitler
Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, The Atlantic, January 15, 2013

Years before he wrote The Cat in the Hat or Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss drew a sketch of a man hanging on a hook over a steaming typewriter. It was 1940, and the typist in the picture was Virginio Gayda, the leading press agent in fascist Italy.

The Global Religious Landscape
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, December 18, 2012

Worldwide, more than eight-in-ten people identify with a religious group. A comprehensive demographic study of more than 230 countries and territories conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life estimates that there are 5.8 billion religiously affiliated adults and children around the globe, representing 84% of the 2010 world population of 6.9 billion.

Orthodox woman to head transdenominational rabbinical school
Gil Shefler, JTA, January 16, 2013

An Orthodox woman was named the president of a transdenominational rabbinical school in Southern California.


The Black Orthodox
Molly Langmuir, New York Magazine, December 23, 2012

Wayne Lawrence became interested in photographing black Jews after he moved to Crown Heights, where memories still linger of the 1991 riots, and noticed a few black Orthodox living up the street.

Embracing the Stranger
Lisa Wong Macabasco, Hyphen, June 26, 2012

The Hebrew word ger not only means "stranger," but also "convert." Robert Bernardo urges the Sha'ar Zahav congregation to embrace, instead of fear, the stranger.

The Bat Mitzvah Tutor of Beijing
Alison Klayman, The Jewish Daily Forward, January 6, 2013

Most people can’t seem to envision what Jewish-in-China looks like. Is it a minyan of all Chinese Jews? A Chabad rabbi wrangling businessmen and college kids together for a free Sabbath meal and shots of schnapps?


The 21st-Century Iranian Jew: Precarious Lives Of Pride ... And Fear
Maayan Jaffe, Baltimore Jewish Times, January 10, 2013

Persian Jews are managing — “managing, but surely not a thriving community anymore,” said Farhad Kazemi, a retired professor of politics and Middle Eastern and Islamic studies at New York University.

Israeli ambassador visits her Ethiopian hometown
Itamar Eichner, Ynet News, December 6, 2012

Belaynesh Zevadia left her village in Ethiopia when she was 13 years old in order to immigrate to Israel. Nearly three decades later she has returned to her hometown, this time as the official Israeli envoy to the African country.

Colombian evangelical Christians convert to Judaism, embracing hidden past
Juan Forero, The Washington Post, November 24, 2012

They were committed evangelicals, devoted to Jesus Christ. But what some here called a spark, an inescapable pull of their ancestors, led them in a different direction, to Judaism.


Covered In Grass
Aaron Levy Samuels, Write Bloody Contest, May 1, 2012

Aaron's submission to be voted as a Write Bloody Poet and get his book published. Aaron is a finalist. Thanks to everyone who voted for this video!

Books and Music : Shbahoth – Songs of Praise in the Babylonian Jewish Tradition
Sara Manasseh, Published by Ashgate 2012

Sara Manasseh brings a significant Jewish repertoire and tradition to the attention of both the Jewish community (Ashkenazi, Sephardi, Oriental) and the wider global community.

Dr. Lewis Gordon — New Podcast
Redding News Review, January 8, 2013

Dr. Louis Gordon, now at the University of Connecticut, has a new weekly podcast with Rob Redding on topics of interest.


SAVE THE DATE: Purim Unmasked: An Off-Street Festival
February 24, 2013, JCCSF, San Francisco

Celebrating Jewish identity and survival, Purim is traditionally observed with a joyous, irreverent and carnival-like festivities. An afternoon of frolicking, food and fun, with face painting, hamentaschen, henna art, multicultural food and more! Co-sponsored by Be'chol Lashon.

Camp Be'chol Lashon Camp Fairs
Various dates through February, Various locations

Its time to start thinking about summer! Come meet Camp Be'chol Lashon staff and learn more about what's happening in Summer 2013.

Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews
Naomi Pfefferman, Jewish Journal, October 10, 2012

October 21, 2012 - March 10, 2013, Fowler Museum, Los Angeles

Since ancient times, Iran has been a mosaic of ethnicities, religions, cultures, and languages. Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews tells the rich and complex history of one of the world’s oldest Jewish communities.

Kehinde Wiley | The World Stage: Israel
February 14–May 27, 2013, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco

Wiley presents a kaleidoscopic picture of contemporary Israeli diversity, a society at the physical and symbolic intersection of Africa, Europe, and Asia.


Join a Be'chol Lashon Discussion Group!

• Be'chol Lashon DC Group
• Be'chol Lashon New York Group
February 6, 2013: Performer, Sarah Aroeste, will be discussing Ladino music.
New! Be'chol Lashon Toronto Group.

400 Miles to Freedom Screening
Various dates throughout February, Various locations

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.

Julian Voloj's "Warrior/Peacemaker: A Graphic Novel" with illustrations by Claudia Ahlering
March 4-24, 2013, Columbia/Barnard Hillel's Kraft Center, NYC

Based on interviews with former activists, Julian Voloj tells the story of the 1971 Hoe Avenue Peace meeting; a gang truce that led to the birth of breakdancing, graffiti, and hip-hop.

The Artwork of Siona Benjamin
Various dates throughout February, 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.


Threads of Silk: The Story of Bukharan Jewry
Ellie Armon Azoulay, Haaretz, January 2, 2013
Opening January 4, 2013

The Bukharan community prides itself on its long and impressive history, which dates back to the exile of the Ten Tribes of Israel or, according to other sources, to Persian Jewry. This exhibition explores the life of Bukharan Jews.


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