Be'chol Lashon Newsletter: April 2013
Nish'Ma - Leaders By Choice
Converts, unburdened by collective tragedy, have the potential to change the collective mindset of the Jewish people. We should embrace the wisdom of our ancestors and those among us who bring fresh dedication and affirmation to the future of Judaism.
Simone Weichselbaum, A New York Daily News reporter was selected for her piercing, respectful, accurate and often entertaining reporting of the multicultural borough, in particular its Orthodox Jews and Jews of color.
Camp Be'chol Lashon Co-director Kenny Khan is this year's receipient of the Helen Diller Award for Excellence in Informal Jewish Education for which he receives a $10,000 prize. Kahn provides mentorship throughout the year to multiracial Jews like himself, helping them celebrate the many strengths of their identities.
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Hiding Judaism in Copenhagen
In certain areas of Copenhagen, it’s best to keep your Judaism to yourself.
Jewish Candidates Skip New York Mayor's Race, But Crowd Vies in Los Angeles
New York City and Los Angeles will both elect new mayors this year. One city will likely pick a Jew. The other will not. Think you know which city is which?
'Violated': One of world's oldest synagogues hit by Syrian shelling, looters
Theft and shelling have damaged a 2,000 year-old synagogue in Damascus, one of the oldest in the world, Syrian government and opposition activist sources said on Monday.
Ziggy Marley and His Israeli Wife Orly Celebrate All the Jewish Holidays
The history of our connection to the root of Israel—David, Solomon—goes way before I met my wife. My father, my Rastafarian culture, is tightly linked to Jewish culture.
Reflections By An Arab Jew
This piece is written with the intent of opening up the multicultural debate, going beyond the U.S. census’s simplistic categorization of Middle Eastern peoples as “whites.”
Carmen Weinstein, Who Led the Jews of Cairo Dies at 82
Carmen Weinstein, the leader of Cairo's small Jewish community died on Saturday at her home on the island of Zamalek.
Polish Museum Set To Open Spectacular Window on Jewish Past
The rebirth of Jewish life in Poland has been one of the hot stories of the past two decades, and one certainly can see the museum as part of that wider phenomenon.
Greek Jews Get Some Overdue Support
“It was the first time for a prime minister in a synagogue, and also for him to be so clear that he wanted this to symbolize his tough decision not to permit racism and anti-Semitism.” said David Saltiel, president of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece.
When the Arab Jews Fled
Arab leaders have insisted that Palestinian refugees who fled their homes following Israel's creation should be allowed to return. Now Israeli officials are turning the tables, saying the hardships faced by exiled Arab Jews deserve as much attention as the plight of displaced Palestinians.
Zimbabwe’s Jewish Music
In recent years the Lemba people have probably received the most attention of any of the so-called “Lost Jews” of Africa. Even members of the Lemba are going back and investigating their own culture.
The story of the Bukharan Jews is one not of their disappearance into a melting pot but of their persistence as a marginal group, over a long period of time, in “continual negotiation and contestation about what is legitimately Jewish and what is not.”
Beta Israel: Snapshots Of The Ethiopian Jewish Community
For South African photojournalist Ilan Ossendryver, photographing the Ethiopian Jewish community, also known as Beta Israel, started out professional but ended up personal.
Israeli Media and the Yemenite Babies Affair
In analyzing fifty years of public narratives, Shoshana Madmoni-Gerber argues that the media played a major role in how this story was framed—and silenced.
Film: 400 Miles to Freedom
In 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.
Art Show: Siona Benjamin
Siona Benjamin is an artist originally from Bombay, of Bene Israel Jewish descent. Book Siona to speak in your community.
A Memoir in between Journeys
Traveling Heavy is a moving memoir by cultural anthropologist Ruth Behar.
Music: Sol Tevél
Sol Tevél integrates sounds, rhythms, and multi-lingual lyrics from around the globe in order to advocate building a strong, conscious and united community worldwide.
Comedy: Samson Koltekar
As a first generation Indian Jewish guy with zero historical knowledge of American Standup, Samson brings a refreshing approach to thought-provoking humour with a global perspective.
If you want to book a speaker, screen a film or for press inquiries, contact Speakers@bechollashon.org or 415.386.7900.