Be'chol Lashon Newsletter: December 2014

Little White Lie - Theatrical Premiere
"An amazing story–one of the most profound meditations on race that I have ever seen." -Chris Hayes, MSNBC

See Little White Lie, a documentary directed by Lacey Schwartz that explores her personal journey of coming to terms with her mixed Black and Jewish heritage.

San Francisco: Week of December 5-11, AMC Metreon
Washington DC: Week of December 5-11, AMC Shirlington, Alrlington, VA

NYT Critics Pick: A Secret Falls From the Family Tree, and a Girl's Identity Branches Out
Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times, November 23, 2014

Ms. Schwartz's parents, Peggy and Robert Schwartz, who divorced, both say that to varying degrees they had convinced themselves of the Sicilian-ancestry story, even though Lacey Schwartz's biological father, Rodney Parker, was an acquaintance of family and friends.

VIDEO: Interview with Hot97's Ebro
JENBKLYN,, November 26, 2014

Could you imagine living your entire life not knowing your true ethnic background? Movie director Lacey Schwartz can. Watch her talk about her new film "Little White Lie" and more:


Defusing the Racial Timebomb
Diane Tobin, My Jewish Learning, December, 2014

But Jonah's safety, like that of many others, depends upon our collective ability as Americans and as Jews to push the conversation about race forward, even when there are no Grand Jury decisions to spur us on.

NEW: Isaiah Rothstein' Weekly Torah Portion on Be'chol Lashon Blog
Why Are We Called the "Children of Israel?" and Not Jacob? December 1, 2014
Embracing the Contradictions November 20, 2014
Seeing Double November 13, 2014
Sarah and the Struggle of the Barren Identity November 6, 2014

A Year of Stories and Thanks
Ruth Abusch Magder, My Jewish Learning, November 24, 2014

At Be'chol Lashon we are quietly and joyfully marking a year since the launch of Jewish&. Sharing stories is one of the best ways we know about how to celebrate diversity and the richness of both the historic and contemporary Jewish experience.

shofarWannabe Demographers?
Diane Tobin, Huffingtonpost, November 12, 2014

As an organization devoted to a more inclusive Jewish community, we are in the position of championing those who find themselves on the margins of Jewish life, often related to their race, ethnicity and/or culture.

shofarThe Case for Black With a Capital B
Lori L. Tharps, New York Times, November 18, 2014

Black should always be written with a capital B. We are indeed a people, a race, a tribe. It's only correct.

adoption This Fall, Minorities Will Outnumber White Students in U.S. Schools
Jeannie Kim, The Atlantic, August 20, 2014

According to a new report by the National Center for Education (NCES), minorities–Hispanics, Asians, African American, Native Americans, and multiracial individuals–will account for 50.3 percent of public school students.


Non-Ethiopians join in Sigd, the Holiday of Torah and Aliya' to Israel
Jessica Steinberg, Times of Israel, November 18, 2014

Mid–November in Israel is the time for Sigd, the Ethiopian Jewish holiday celebrating the acceptance of the Torah, and more recently, marking the fulfillment of the community's immigration to Israel.

Thessaloniki Strives to Revive Its Jewish Past, but Encounters a New
Form of Anti-Semitism

Giorgos Christides, Haaretz, November 16, 2014

More than 95 percent of Thessaloniki's Jews were murdered during the Holocaust. Today, the Greek city's mayor is taking pains to restore a Jewish history that had also been eradicated.

Polish Hidden Jews Embrace 'Hip' Ancestry
Renee Ghert-Zand, Times of Israel, October 30, 2014

Rediscovering Jewish roots is becoming cool for Poland's youth, but lingering memories of the Holocaust are never far from the surface.


My Christian Great-Grandmother, My Jewish Inspiration
Michael J. DeYoung, My Jewish Learning, November 18, 2014

Growing up as a bi-racial Jew, I struggle(d) with my identity on a daily basis. I was raised in a predominantly white town, and attended a Jewish day school and synagogue with little diversity.

Shul Shopping for Diversity
Beth Leibson, My Jewish Learning, November 11, 2014

Some people want to find the nearest fresh fruit and veggie stand. Other people seek out good, fast take-out Chinese. When my family showed up in New York City-a white woman, an African American man, and two biracial children-we went shul shopping.

Black, Jewish and Challenging Ideas About the Face of Federation
Rebecca Spence, JTA, December 1, 2014

"There is a deeply established set of assumptions about who represents federation," said Kaufman, who stands nearly 6 feet tall. "So when I walk into a space where they've seen my name, which is a very traditional Jewish name, they cannot fathom that a person of color is going to walk in the door."


Mis Abuelos and the No Dilemma December
Jennifer Stempel, My Jewish Learning, December 3, 2014

In my house, we sometimes swapped Cuban-style malanga fritters for potato pancakes. Despite the fact that my extended family represents many different religions, my parents made it clear from the start that in our Jewish home, we celebrate Hanukkah.

Malorie Blackman: "Children's books still have a long way to go before
they are truly diverse."

Sian Cain, The Guardian, August 23, 2014

Submissions open for Be'chol Lashon Media Awards for diversity in children's books

A Taste of Hungary. And Morocco. And Iraq. And Bulgaria. And Libya.
Dana Kessler, Tablet Magazine, November 18, 2014

Israeli culinary expert Janna Gur gathers traditional recipes from across the Diaspora in her new cookbook, 'Jewish Soul Food.'


Week of December 5-11, 2014, AMC Metreon, San Francisco

Daring to ask questions about her true identity, filmmaker Lacey Schwartz pulls back the curtain on the matters of race and family secrets in her personal and riveting documentary. Get Tickets

"Almost Chanukah" Fair
December 14, 2014, Netivot Shalom, Berkeley, CA

Join Be'chol Lashon at Congregation Netivot Shalom for the annual Chanukah Fair. For All Ages! Don't Miss out on a live concert, Bounce House, arts & crafts, and much more!

Festival of Lights
December 14, 2014, Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael, CA

Be'chol Lashon and the Osher Marin JCC are co-sponsoring the annual Festival of Lights. Enjoy Hanukkah latkes, and the PJ Library Hanukkah Bash with Ms. Kitty. Compete in the dreidel playoffs.

Fight For Your Right: A Beastie Boys Tribute Night
December 17, 2014, Public Works, San Francisco, CA

Come excercise your right to party with SFJFF's celebration of America's original Jewish rappers, the Beastie Boys.

Next Year in Bombay
Chaï Chaï Films, December 16, 2014

Chaï Chaï Films has graciously made their documentary, Next year in Bombay, available online for FREE during the 8 days of Chanukah!

Chanukah Train
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, CA, December 18, 2014

Gather at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on the 3rd night of Chanukah for the lighting of the menorah and then set off on an incredible train ride in Roaring Camp's comfortable excursion cars adorned with thousands of shining lights and Chanukah decorations.

CAMP BE'CHOL LASHON: Sign up early!

All early registrations (before 1/1/15) receive $150 off tuition! If you know you're coming to camp next summer, don't wait to sign up. Register now!

Be'chol Lashon Birthright
Israel, Summer 2015

This is an exciting opportunity for Jews to discover the beauty of Israel and explore the multicultural dimensions of the Jewish people. For more information contact


Week of December 5-11, 2014, AMC Shirlington, Arlington, VA

Daring to ask questions about her true identity, filmmaker Lacey Schwartz pulls back the curtain on the matters of race and family secrets in her personal and riveting documentary. Get Tickets

Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin
Philadelphia, PA, September 18 - December 19, 2014

Emphasizing the similarities and not the differences of her varied background, her work details her experiences growing up Jewish in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim India. See more about Siona Benjamin.

Samson KoletkarExhibit: RACE — ARE WE SO DIFFERENT?
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Skokie, IL, October 12 — January 25, 2015,

RACE: Are We So Different? is the first national exhibition to tell the stories of race from the biological, cultural, and historical points of view.

Samson KoletkarFlamenco Sepharad Pre-Chanukah Concert
Temple Gates of Prayer, Flushing, NY, December 14, 3:00 pm

Join Gerard Edery for an exciting concert with his ensemble at the Temple Gates of Prayer, followed by a dinner of kosher Spanish cuisine.

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

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