Be'chol Lashon Newsletter: September 2013

Be'chol Lashon Annual Family Camp/Retreat
December 13-15, 2013, Petaluma

Invite your friends and family for Be'chol Lashon's Annual Family Camp / Retreat. Sign up for Family Camp and receive 10% off! For more information contact

Gordon Named Nelson Mandela Visiting Professor at South African University
Kenneth Best, UConn Today, September 17, 2013

UConn philosophy professor and Be'chol Lashon Fellow, Lewis R. Gordon, will serve as the Nelson Mandela Visiting Professor. Dr. Gordon will be guest speaker at the Be'chol Lashon New York Group on October 17th. RSVP here.

Eruv fever: Four Bay Area eruvs, including new one in S.F., are reshaping
local Jewish demographics
Emma Silvers,, August 1, 2013

"It's my job to help people engage more deeply with Judaism, to bring more people into the fold of Jewish life and observance," says Rabbi Shlomo Zarchi of Congregation Chevra Thilim and Be'chol Lashon teacher.

shofarOverseas adoptions rise — for black American children
Sophie Brown, CNN, September 17, 2013

In this series, CNN investigates international adoption, hearing from families, children and key experts on its decline, and whether the trend could — or should — be reversed.

Demographic Changes Impact Religious Institutions
Martin E. Marty,, July 11, 2013

The heirs of the dwindling white majority can complain or explain, or they can accept the changes and help re–conceive religious commitment.

Joshua Frydenberg, Jewish Rising Star, Joins New Australian Government
JTA, The Forward, September 17, 2013

The sole Jewish member of the new Australian government was appointed to a junior minister position.


CNN African Voices: Yityish Aynaw — The first black Miss Israel
Sarah Sidner and Earl Nurse, CNN, June 12, 2013

(CNN) — Yityish Aynaw has gone on a remarkable life journey from a little girl playing barefoot in an Ethiopian village to an Israeli beauty queen who's ready to shine on the world stage.

From Kate Middleton to Sergey Brin
Anne Cohen, The Forward, August 30, 2013

The Schmooze: According to the Daily Mail, Amanda Rosenberg, recently outed as Google CEO Sergey Brin's 26–year–old girlfriend, is no ordinary Silicon Valley nerd.

Angarag Sandag is first Maccabiah athlete from Mongolia
Hillel Kuttler,, July 24, 2013

Angarag Sandag already has made history: He is the first athlete from Mongolia to compete in the Maccabiah Games.


Struggling To Preserve an Iranian Jewish Language Before It Goes Extinct
Iris Mansour,, July22, 2013

Isaac Yousefzadeh is in mourning for his mother, who passed...but with her death comes a second, more subtle loss–that of her language, Judeo–Kashani, which is now on the verge of extinction.

China produces 1st ‘Jewish Medals’, August 8, 2013

The Shanghai Mint struck a limited edition series of Shanghai Memory silver and gold medals to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Shanghai Ghetto, which became a temporary home for an estimated 20,000 Jewish refugees who escaped from the Nazi onslaught during the Holocaust.

Reliving the glorious days of Kochi's Jews
The Hindu, September 14, 2013

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at the University of California, Berkeley, is hosting an exhibition of over 100 items that document the history of the Jews of Kerala.


The Ultimate Stuffed Cabbage–a Perfect One–Pot Dinner
Joan Nathan,, September 17, 2013

For me, stuffed cabbage is the ultimate comfort food. Slightly sweet and slightly sour, it has been a Jewish treat since ancient times.

MexiKosher Takes Chopped
Lara Rabinovitch,, August 20, 2013

The Japanese–Mexican chef is the force behind Mexikosher, his strictly kosher Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles, and the recent winner of the Food Network's prime–time show, Chopped.

Recalling a Childhood in the Soviet Union, Through a Series of Family Meals
Reggie Nadelson,, September 10, 2013

Through a kaleidoscopic mix of family life, politics, history, and jokes, Von Bremzen evokes in her book a whole Soviet–era world of deprivation and delight.


Join a Be'chol Lashon Discussion Group!

• Be'chol Lashon DC Group
• Be'chol Lashon New York Group: October 17th, 2013 7:00-9:00pm
Speaker: Dr. Lewis R. Gordon, Jewish Jamaican philosopher
New! Be'chol Lashon Toronto Group

Film: 400 Miles to Freedom
Various dates, Various locations

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.

Indian Jewish Congress of USA: Simchat Torah Celebrations
Sunday, September 29, 2013, 4:00pm
Rego Park Jewish Center, Rego Park, NY

Let the children and grandchildren come with you. They will also get a flavor of what the Bene Israel Simchat Torah celebration is all about.

Opening of Hanan Harchol: Jewish Food For Thought
Thursday, October 3, 2013, 7:00pm
Hewbrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion Museum, New York, NY

This 9–month–long, catalogued, solo exhibition will feature Harchol's entire animated series, paintings, drawings, graphic novel tapestries, and Jewish texts.


Intercultural Shabbat Celebration
Friday, October 4, 2013, 6:15pm
Congregation Beth Am, Los Altos Hills, Ca

You're invited to a fascinating evening of learning and celebrating our community's diversity.

The Idan Raichel Project
Saturday, October 12, 2013, 7:00pm
California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, Ca

The Idan Raichel Project has represented a hope that artistic collaboration can break down barriers between different backgrounds and beliefs.

Samson KoletkarComedy: Samson Koltekar
Various dates, Various venues, Bay Area

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.

bombay Film: Next Year in Bombay
Thursday, October 3, 2013, 7:00pm
Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Berkeley, CA

Sharon and Sharona Galsulkar are the last educators of their Indian Jewish community which is now disappearing. Concerned by their daughters' future, they are also committed to their community's  needs. Whose education will they sacrifice?

bombay Exhibit: Global India - Kerala, Israel, Berkeley
September 10 - December 13, 2013
Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Berkeley, CA

Global India: Kerala, Israel, Berkeley unveils the extensive holdings of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life documenting the history of the Jewish community in Kerala, South India.


Inquire about new Be'chol Lashon Speakers Bureau Tours

The Be'chol Lashon Speaker's Bureau presents dynamic global performers who expand our understanding of Jewish life around the world.

Check out Rabbi Gershom Sizomu!

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

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