Be'chol Lashon Newsletter: December 2013
We look forward to working with you to ensure the participation of future generations in the continuation of Jewish life. THANK YOU for supporting a more inclusive vision of the Jewish people.
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Nelson Mandela, South Africa's Liberator as Prisoner and President, Dies at 95
Bill Keller, New York Times, December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela, who led the emancipation of South Africa from white minority rule and served as his country's first black president, died at 95.
When Minority Students Attend Elite Private Schools
American Promise, a documentary...reveals a hard truth about being a student of color at an elite school: Simply being admitted doesn't guarantee a smooth or successful educational journey.
Our labels often are only skin deep
Jerry Large, The Seattle Times, December 18, 2013
Identity is not to be taken lightly. People's lives are shaped by culture and community. [Be'chol Lashon research scholar] Leavitt told me the [mixed Asian] families he and his wife have studied tend to lean toward Jewish culture and religion.
Jewish philanthropist and communal leader Edgar Bronfman dies at 84
(see: Noted philanthropist goes to bat for intermarriage).
Rich culture of Sephardi Jewry is preserved and revived
In an effort to preserve and promote Sephardi Jewish culture, Yehuda Azoulay is leading the charge in providing English–speaking Sephardim.
COMMENTARY: Wanted: A distinctly Jamaican Judaism
Should Dutch Jews Speak Louder Against Racist ‘Black Pete’ — and Role in Slavery?
Through it all, Dutch Jews – some of whom celebrate their own version of the Black Pete custom, called "Hanukklaas" – have largely remained silent.
Israel Planning ‘Rescue’ Operation for French Jews
The Israeli government is expected to approve soon a plan to bring tens of thousands of French Jews to Israel within the next three years.
Book: Imagining Life of Dona Gracia, Portuguese Jew and Richest Woman in World
Through Dona Gracia's character, the author conveys a message about tolerance, and the fact that different identities can coexist in harmony, one alongside the other, in the same person.
Book: PIK professor examines African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem
There are many different groups of African Americans who call themselves Hebrew Israelites, and several come out of the same institutional history, but they each have different basic organizing principles.
The Best Jewish Cookbooks of 2013
This has been a tremendous year for cookbooks. ...Einat Admony released her first book: "Balaboosta." While the title is Yiddish, Admony is of Persian and Yemenite heritage, and it shows in her well spiced recipes.
Light and Shadows - The Story of Iranian Jews
This exhibition tells the rich and complex history of one of the world's oldest Jewish communities, which dates back nearly 2,700 years.
Raynes Poetry Prize
Jewish Currents magazine announces its second annual Dora and Alexander Raynes Poetry Prize for poems on the themes of "Union." All geographic regions may apply.
WORKSHOP: Navigating Difference, Embracing Inclusion
For Bay Area synagogue professionals - "Assessing Inclusivity: Best Practices & Ways to Improve"
Here We Go Round the Jewish World with Diana Shmiana and PJ Library
A Jewish adventure around the globe, with multicultural Jewish stories, songs and much, much, more!
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.
Mazel Tov to Dr. Isaac on being honored with Sweden's Order of the Polar Star for his lifetime service to peace & justice.
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