Be'chol Lashon Newsletter: March Newsletter
Rabbi Elected to National Office in Africa
Diane Tobin, Jewish&, February 25, 2016

Yes, it's true. The Chief Rabbi of Uganda has been elected to parliament in his home country. A remarkable feat for a rabbi outside of Israel, not easily achieved.
Read more by Sam Kestenbaum in the Forward

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.

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

For One Outspoken Teenager in Revolution-Era Iran, Queen Esther Was a Kindred Spirit
Sima Goel, Tablet Magazine, March 3, 2015

Amid political upheaval, an embattled girl fled entirely alone-the lessons of Purim's heroine propelling her to freedom

Eating Jewish: Iraqi Purim Delicacies
Katherine Romanow, Jewish Women's Archive, March 17, 2011

The two recipes are traditionally associated with Purim in the Iraqi community and also correspond to the food symbolism that is connected with this holiday across the Jewish community.

Multiracial identity: Study looks at role of money, gender and religion
Emanuella Grinberg, CNN, January 28, 2016

A new study by Davenport, published in the February issue of the American Sociological Review, examines the influence of social identities in determining the groups that multiracial people identify with.

How Should Asian-Americans Feel About the Peter Liang Protests?
Jay Caspian Kang, The New York Times Magazine, February 23, 2016

On Feb. 11 this year, Liang became the first N.Y.P.D. officer convicted in a line-of-duty shooting in over a decade. Many Asian-Americans felt that Liang had been offered up as a sacrificial lamb to appease the ongoing protests against police violence that started two summers ago in Ferguson, Mo.

What It's Really Like to Work in Hollywood* (*If you're not a straight white man.)
Melena Ryzik, The New York Times, February 24, 2016

The statistics are unequivocal: Women and minorities are vastly underrepresented in front of and behind the camera. Here, 27 industry players reveal the stories behind the numbers - their personal experiences of not feeling seen, heard or accepted, and how they pushed forward.

Facebook Likes to Real World Love
 Team Be'chol Lashon, My Jewish Learning, February 10, 2016

Given the strength their love for each other is, it seems like these two were meant to be together. But as for many Jews of Color, finding a match was by no means guaranteed. The path to matrimony was part luck, part technology, and a whole lot of Torah. Romance was really an afterthought.

The Year of the Bar Mitzvahs
Debbie Derby, My Jewish Learning, February 4, 2016

The "Derby Bunch", or "Six Pack" as my parents like to call them, are a motley crew of grandkids - three of each gender - born within a six-year span to my two siblings and myself. And though all Jewish, we are spread across the ethnic and denominational map as well.

Ethiopian Israeli emissary building bridges at Stanford
Dan Pine, JWeekly, March 3, 2016

The daughter of Jewish refugees from Ethiopia, Avera has been a striking presence on the Stanford campus since she arrived last August. She has built bridges not only with Jewish students, but with African, Asian American and African American students as well.

Forgotten Jewish Community in Portugal Experiences Revival After New Citizenship Law
Cnaan Cnaan Liphshiz, Haaretz, February 13, 2016

Five years ago, they were too poor to hire a full-time rabbi. But Portugal's law of return for Sephardic Jews has breathed new life into the Jewish Community of Porto.

Push launched for Mizrahi heritage in schools
Tamar Travelsky Haddad, Ynet News, February 5, 2016

Following years of criticism for neglecting non-European Jewish history and culture, the Education Ministry has formed a committee to recommend necessary action.

500 Years of Jewish Life in Venice
David Laskin, The New York Times, March 9, 2016

A journey into one of the world's oldest Jewish ghettos, where this year a long, rich history is commemorated.

Children's Album Renews Jewish Ladino Tradition
 Team Be'chol Lashon, My Jewish Learning, March 1, 2016

It was not until she was already on her way to adulthood, that singer Sarah Aroeste discovered the connection between her Sephardic roots in Greece and her love of music with the Sephardic musical traditions in Ladino.

His Paula Deen takedown went viral. But this food scholar isn't done yet.
Michaele Weissman, Washington Post, February 16, 2016

Twitty's embrace of all the various parts of himself - African, African American, European, black, white, gay, Jewish - sometimes raises hackles, as does his habit of speaking his mind.

Beyond Drake
Vox Tablet, Tablet, February 16, 2016

A handful of personalities come to mind when we think of African-American Jews. Let's change that.

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...

Paper through the Ages: Drawings and Prints
 ACA Galleries, New York, NY, February 27, 2016 – April 2, 2016

ACA Galleries' exhibition PAPER THROUGH THE AGES reveals the power and subtlety, brashness and discipline, and most of all the skill and vision, of some of America's finest artists including Be'chol Lashon speaker, Siona Benjamin.

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:

Tell Me I'm Pretty
 Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles, April 8, 2016 – May 7, 2016

With side-splitting humor and raw power, comedic actor and beatboxer Joshua Silverstein delivers an explosive mix of storytelling, spoken word, vocal percussion, and hip hop.

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.