Be'chol Lashon Newsletter: December 2013

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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.

Register for Camp Be'chol Lashon!
July 20-August 10, 2013, San Francisco

Make friends and have fun at Camp Be'chol Lashon! We invite ALL children to be part of a global Jewish community. ANNOUNCEMENT: "One Happy Camper Camperships" available. Sign up or contact Anna.

Submissions Open for Be'chol Lashon Media Awards!

The Be'chol Lashon Media Awards honor excellence in coverage of Jewish diversity.
Submit your favorite article, film, book, or website that exemplifies excellence in portraying the ethnic, racial and cultural diversity of the Jewish people by February 14, 2014. The winner will receive $1,000!

shofarNelson 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.

Rabbi Juan Mejia When Minority Students Attend Elite Private Schools
Judith Ohikuare, The Atlantic, December 17, 2013

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.

shofarOur 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
JTA, Haaretz, December 22, 2013

We mourn the loss of Edgar Bronfman, may his memory be a blessing, a visionary leader who promoted positive realistic solutions for navigating contemporary Jewish life
(see: Noted philanthropist goes to bat for intermarriage).

Sephardi Voices
Rahel Musleah, A Passage to Jewish India and Beyond, December 11, 2013

"We have to keep an eye on the past because the story of Sephardi Jewry covers millennia — a much longer track record than that of European Jewry. The Sephardi experience will be helpful in how we plan for the future."

Rich culture of Sephardi Jewry is preserved and revived
Sheri Shefa,, December 16th, 2013

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
Dana Evan Kaplan, Washington Post, December 4, 2013

Since becoming the first ordained rabbi in Jamaica in more than three decades, I have been trying to develop a plan to build a Jewish future in Kingston and throughout the country.

Should Dutch Jews Speak Louder Against Racist ‘Black Pete’ — and Role in Slavery?
Cnaan Liphshiz and Iris Tzur, The Forward, December 26, 2013

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
Shalom Bear, The Forward, December 29, 2013

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
Aviva Lori, The Forward, November 24, 2013

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
Greg Johnson, Penn Current, November 14, 2013

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
Alix Wall, The Forward, November 26, 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.


Join a Be'chol Lashon Discussion Group!

• Be'chol Lashon DC Group
• Be'chol Lashon New York Group: January 29, 2013 7:00-9:00pm
Book Release & Workshop: Aaron Samuels
New! Be'chol Lashon Toronto Group!

Light and Shadows - The Story of Iranian Jews
December 3, 2013 – April 27, 2014
Center for Jewish History, New York

This exhibition tells the rich and complex history of one of the world's oldest Jewish communities, which dates back nearly 2,700 years.

poetryRaynes Poetry Prize
Deadline: January 15, 2013

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
4 Sessions: Feb 23, March 30, April 27, June 8

For Bay Area synagogue professionals - "Assessing Inclusivity: Best Practices & Ways to Improve"
Session 1: Feb 23 - Temple Sinai

poetryHere We Go Round the Jewish World with Diana Shmiana and PJ Library
January 12, 2014
Jewish Community Library, San Francisco,

A Jewish adventure around the globe, with multicultural Jewish stories, songs and much, much, more!

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.


Mazel Tov to Dr. Ephraim Isaac!

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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