Be'chol Lashon Newsletter: May 2013
The Be'chol Lashon Speaker's Bureau presents dynamic global performers who expand our understanding of Jewish life around the world.
Check out Galeet Dardashti!
Sign Up for Camp Be'chol Lashon! Space Still Available.
Exciting new activities this summer, including special guest Spoken Word Artist Aaron Samuels:
Visit Be'chol Lashon at Israel in the Gardens!
Visit Be'chol Lashon's Kid and Family Zone! Performances by Rhythm Village and Capoeira with Sul da Bahia.
Los Angeles elects Eric Garcetti as its first Jewish mayor
Eric Garcetti was elected the first Jewish mayor of Los Angeles. Garcetti is the son of a Jewish mother and was raised as a Jew. On his father's side, he is of mixed Italian and Mexican heritage.
Checking More than one Box : A growing Multiracial Nation
"I think they'll go as multiracial; I'm trying to set a balance," Lam says. "That's what makes them American; that they have this great mix of cultures."
Marrying Out of the Faith
Why is Jewish intermarriage the highest among all US faiths?
Remembering Jackie Robinson's Fight Against Anti-Semitism
Moviegoers heading to see the new film "42" will see the story of how Jackie Robinson displayed legendary courage, class and talent in the face of immense pressure and racial hatred as he broke down baseball's color barrier.
America's Blackest Jewish Writer
Mosley self-identifies as both black and Jewish, and significant elements of his work are identifiably linked to the Jewish experience.
Being Jewish Used to Be Enough
"I think we-in a privileged time of freedom and security for Jews in America-might take a lesson from these older Jewish communities, one that they may not have seen themselves. What binds us together is much greater than the small variations of practice and tradition"
Our big fat Indian Jewish Weddings
There are so few Jews in the subcontinent that the census lists them with the 0.6% of religious 'others.' But while their weddings reflect an absorption of the surrounding culture, they remain wholly Jewish.
Creating Jewish Identity on Budapest's Bustling Streets
"Judafest Juniors is a unique event where positive Jewish identity is created for families and young children through inventive activities," explains Agi Kardos.
Moroccan king co-funds renovation of Jewish burial site
The Moroccan government has been a "major benefactor, along with a variety of other Jewish and non-Jewish donors, for efforts to preserve and restore its heritage sites."
In Changing Latin America, Jewish Leaders Survey is Revealing
A survey of Latin American Jewish opinion leaders - released by the JDC International Center for Community Development in 2012 demonstrates - one very important point: the perception of key issues both in and outside the community is often determined by country of origin.
The holiday of Shavuot has just passed. Here is some background about the holiday, its global customs and some recipes that are enjoyable any time of year!
La Reyna del Flan: My Shavuot Offering
I believe I have rightfully earned my place in my family's Cuban flan hall of fame with my latest entry - La Reyna del Flan, or The Flan Queen
According to Noreeen Daniel, "Festival are a time when we can honor our mothers by preparing the special dishes as per their recipes they used and then sharing these dishes with loved ones."
Community Connections Fellowship (CCF)
The Community Connections Fellowship (CCF) is now recruiting! You'll gain community organizing and partnership-building skills that will enable you to apply the values of Jewish service to your work with diverse communities.
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.
Anthony (Mordechai Tzvi) Russell:The Sidor Belarsky Songbook
African-American by birth and Jewish by choice, Anthony (Mordechai Tzvi) Russell is a fresh new voice in the contemporary Yiddish music scene.
Black Over White: A Film by Tomer Heymann
For his film Black Over White, Tomer Heymann followed the popular Israeli world-beat band The Idan Raichel Project.
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.
Our Lunch with Rabbi Gershom Sizomu
"In our community we have not lost anyone to Malaria in three years." It's obvious by the way he says this that Rabbi Sizomu is as proud of this as anything in his life. The Abayudaya are currently trying to raise money for a new synagogue
What Yarmulke says Duluth all over it?
SAN FRANCISCO - For four days each May, I wear a yarmulke pretty much continuously. Not because it's any Jewish holiday (they tend to run one, two or eight days) but because I'm celebrating my indentity among others doing the same.
Black Jewish Relations at a Crossroads
This year, 2013, is an important milestone in the history of Black-Jewish relations - a subject involving two Diaspora peoples whose histories spans continents that is of considerable interest to Israelis as well as Americans.
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