Be'chol Lashon Newsletter: February Newsletter
New Book - Judaisms: A Twenty-First-Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identities
Aaron J. Hahn Tapper, University of California Press, June 14, 2016

What does it mean to be a Jew in the twenty-first century? Exploring the multifaceted and intensely complicated characteristics of this age-old, ever-changing community, Judaisms examines how Jews are a culture, ethnicity, nation, nationality, race, and religion.

A Conversation with Julius Lester
Aron Hirt-Manheimer,

In his autobiographical book Lovesong: Becoming a Jew, scholar and author Julius Lester wrote about his spiritual journey to Judaism. It began while on a retreat, when a Trappist monk told him, "When you know the name by which God knows you, you will know who you are."

MLK Day: My Second Birthday
Isaiah Rothstein, My Jewish Learning, January 18, 2015

Many see Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a day off, but for my family, it's a second birthday. The reason why my family cherishes this day is because in its essence, MLK Jr. Day captures my very existence, and is a reminder for my family that justice, no matter how long the road, will always prevail.

Do black children's lives matter if nobody writes about them?
Daniel Jose Older, The Guardian, November 6, 2015

Besides teaching us who we are, books are where we learn who is important enough to read about - and only 5% of kid's books had black characters last year

Race and Reality in America: Five key findings
Jennifer Agiesta, CNN, November 25, 2015

CNN and the Kaiser Family Foundation partnered to survey Americans on issues relating to race and ethnicity. The poll explores how things have changed in the last 20 years and what race means now.

Oscars boss: Academy rules change not driven by political correctness
Henry Barnes, The Guardian, January 27, 2016

'Generational' shift to boost equality not a response to #Oscarssowhite but to reflect 'best of film culture', say Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Dawn Hudson

The Jewish Community's Journey Through Millenia
 Sethu, The New Indian Express, January 15, 2016

This is the story of the Jews, who were on the run for ages, and it is believed that the major exodus took place in 1st century AD when the second temple of Jerusalem was destroyed.

Anatolian Sephardic traditions through the eyes of a Jewish woman
Merve Baran, Daily Sabah, December 23, 2015

Originally living in and later expelled from Spain in the 15th century, Istanbul's Sephardic Jewish community is also a part of the city's multicultural scene.

A Hidden Jewish "Archive" in the Azores
 Staff, Portuguese Tribune, December 13, 2015

Some of the most important documents for historians of Jewish history are documents that haven't been saved at all. In fact, they've been discarded - into a closed storage space known as a geniza.

What Does the End of Racism Look Like?
Lindsey Newman, My Jewish Learning, January 28, 2015

We had come together, all Jewish leaders of color, as part of the Selah Leadership Program, an initiative of Bend the Arc and Rockwood Leadership Institute. All of us had a deep commitment to the Jewish community and a view of social justice through a Jewish lens.

Ta-Nehisi Coates and King Solomon, Telling it Like It Is
Eytan Kenter, My Jewish Learning, January 14, 2016

This past summer, I also read a modern Ecclesiastes in the book Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Much like Ecclesiastes it is not presenting the best of the world, but the unfortunate realities of it.

Navigating Jewish and American Slavery Narratives
Steven Sirbu, My Jewish Learning, January 11, 2016

As Jews, we know about the power of narrative. The slavery narrative presented in the Book of Exodus and retold around the Passover table is probably the most powerful because it is the foundation of so many Jewish values: faith, compassion and justice, just to name a few.

The Real Housewives of Potomac Is a Show That 'Bravely' Asks, 'Who Is Black in America?'
Danielle C. Belton, The Root, January 27, 2016

Bravo's latest all-black reality-show offering, The Real Housewives of Potomac, suffers from a very bad case of the adult version of "You think you're cute." Only in this case, "cute" is some tragic-mulatto comedy, light-skinned madness that would make the schoolyard blush.

From the Soap Opera Set to Tel Aviv's First Ethiopian Chef Restaurant
Judy Maltz, Haaretz, November 3, 2015

If all goes as planned, Israel's first chef-driven Ethiopian restaurant will open its doors to the public later this month in Tel Aviv. But it wasn't food that originally brought together the brains behind this project, already 10 years in the making.

Interview with Co-Author of Jews under Moroccan Skies: 2000 Years of Jewish Life
Ousama Saki, Morocco World News, December 26, 2015

Jews under Moroccan Skies: Two Thousand Years of Jewish Life is a long awaited book and the fruit of a research enterprise undertaken by a Moroccan Jew, Raphael David Elmaleh and his Scottish co-author, George Ricketts.

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:

JFI presents the 3rd Annual WinterFest
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, San Francisco, February 27, 2016

WinterFest is a daylong mini-Festival showcasing the best in new Jewish film from the presenters of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, at San Francisco's stunning Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at the New Mission Theater

Purim Unmasked 2016: Stand Up, Speak Out
Jewish Community Center, San Francisco, March 10, 2016

Join us to cheer on the heroes and heroines who risked everything to stand up and speak out - in the Purim story, around the world and in our own backyard. In partnership with Be'chol Lashon

Join our new youth group, YALLA YOUTH, for A-WA US Debut concert
Jewish Community Center, San Francisco, March 15, 2016

Let's grab pizza then head to the A-WA concert-a band of 3 Israeli sisters, who combine Yemenite and electronic dance music. Important: RSVP by Friday, March 11. Contact to reserve tickets.

Passover in the Desert: Encounter the Wellspring
Wilderness Torah, April 28, 2016 – May 2, 2016

Wilderness Torah's Passover in the Desert is a 5-day journey in multi-generational village life designed to help you connect more deeply with yourself, community, nature, and Spirit.