Be'chol Lashon Newsletter: January Newsletter
Forbes 30under30: Media
Edited by Emily Inverso and Glynnis MacNicol , Forbes, January 4, 2016

Congratulations to Be'chol Lashon speaker, Aaron Samuels, on being named to Forbes 30under30

The Souls of Rich Black Folk
Lawrence Goodman, Brandeis Magazine, December 1, 2016

Jefferson grew up in an affluent black enclave on the South Side of Chicago. It was part of the area known in the 1950s and '60s as the Black Belt, but Jefferson prefers to call it Negroland, the title of her acclaimed 2015 memoir.

Choose Your Own Identity
Bonnie Tsui, New York Times, December 14, 2015

I never realized how little I understood about race until I tried to explain it to my 5-year-old son. I'm Chinese-American and my husband is white, an American of English-Dutch-Irish descent; when I asked him the other day if he was Chinese, he said no.

Blending shades of self
Caroline Wallis, Columbia Spectator, November 5, 2015

At a place like Columbia, where how you identify can define the spaces you occupy and the people you interact with, being of mixed race presents an extra challenge.

Pillars of the Community
Alyssa Pinsker, Tablet, December 29, 2015

Sarah Cohen, 93, walked down Synagogue Lane in Jew Town at dusk in early October. She teetered with fragility and palpable excitement as she made her way through this neighborhood in the city of Cochin in the region of Kerala, on the southwestern coast of India.

Letter from Shanghai: City's Jewish heritage blends glamour and compassion
Clifford Coonan, The Irish Times, October 12, 2015

Shanghai is one of the world's great Jewish cities, and the history of refugees in the Chinese financial hub is a tale of both high glamour and bitter struggle.

Synagogue opens near Brazil's iconic Ipanema Beach
 Staff, JTA, August 11, 2015

Rio, Brazil's second largest city, is home to between 35,000 and 40,000 Jews. An Orthodox synagogue was opened a few blocks from the iconic Ipanema Beach.

Breaking the Cycle of Unwelcome in Jewish Life
Alexandra Newman, My Jewish Learning, January 5, 2016

When my sister and I walk into any Jewish setting we can get looked at differently and asked strange questions. This is because I am the white biological child of two white parents, and my sister is biracial adopted child of the same two white parents.

Stop being so Ashkenormative!
Larry Yudelson, The Times of Israel, December 10, 2015

New York mythology aside, not all Jews left Russia between 1880 and 1923. And not all Jews spoke Yiddish. But ask around in Syrian communities in New York City and you'll hear stories of grandparents from Damascus and Aleppo whose Jewishness met with stares of disbelief.

BOOK: JewAsian - Race, Religion and Identity for America's Newest Jews

Happy Asian American Heritage Month! Bechol Lashon scholars, Helen Kim and Noah Leavitt, have a new book coming out. According to Kim, "When we talk about our work, the response is that the Jewish community is becoming a racially more diverse community, and very welcoming. But I think the kids that we have interviewed would really challenge that."

The rise of 'Jewish-slash-something else' restaurants
Lucy Cohen Blatter, JTA, December 20, 2015

The Israel-born chef, who runs two Taim falafel joints and modern Mediterranean eateries Balaboosta and Bar Bolonat, wanted to create a casual spot where the focus was on small plates and wine.

9 Persian ingredients to try now
Shannon Sarna, JTA, December 3, 2015

I recently had the chance to tour a Persian market for some schooling on ingredients and cuisine from the best source: a Persian Jewish grandmother and mother.

Dramatic rescue of 20,000 Ethiopian Jews retold in BBC film
 Staff, Jewish News Online, December 9, 2015

A revealing BBC documentary shows how an elaborate Mossad hoax, a British businessman and a seasoned diplomat came together to rescue 20,000 Ethiopian Jews in what has been described as "one of the greatest humanitarian acts of the 20th century."

Baghdadis & the Bene Israel in Bollywood & Beyond
Center for Jewish History, New York, NY, November 1, 2015 – April 1, 2016

"Baghdadis & The Bene Israel in Bollywood & Beyond," a new exhibit in ASF's Leon Levy Gallery, explores this fascinating yet largely forgotten history by showcasing the careers of several prominant Bollywood stars. Read more...

Multiracial Family Man
Alex Barnett, Broadway Comedy Club, NY, January 12, 2017

Alex Barnett, has a FREE new podcast, Multiracial Family Man, which is available on his website. Click HERE for the schedule of upcoming comedy shows. For more information about booking Alex in your community, contact the Be'chol Lashon Speakers Bureau:

Comedy Show: You're Funny, But You Don't Look Jewish
Foothill College Auditorium, Los Altos Hills, CA, January 21, 2016

Italian-American, African-America, Indian and Vietnamese-American Jewish stand-up comedians Mike Capozzola, Gina Gold, Samson Koletkar and Joe Nguyen will share the stage and their own experiences about being 'undercover' members of the tribe!

Wilderness Torah's Tu B'Shvat in the Redwoods
Roberts Regional Recreation Area Oakland, January 24, 2016

Come to the redwoods to celebrate Tu B'Shvat, the unseen awakening of spring.