Be'chol Lashon Newsletter: May Newsletter
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."

Congratulations to Dr. Ephraim Isaac

We are pleased to announce that Be'chol Lashon speaker, Dr Ephraim Isaac, has been chosen for the HRH Princess Angelique Monet's "Humanitarian Award" for "Peace and Cultural Preservation."

Counting the Omer -- Week 2
Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder, PhD

Gevurah - When we see others as they want to be seen, when we hear their stories and how they differ from our own, we can find points of connection and understanding.

The day my daughter realized she isn't white
Lisa Papademetriou, The Washington Post, November 3, 2015

We live in the United States, and my daughter is an American girl. In a culture dominated by images of white people in advertising, books, and movies, my daughter had simply identified with what she saw around her.

Snapshots of New York's Adult Third Culture Kids
Rachel Waters, Huffington Post, December 17, 2015

Third Culture Kid: A person raised in a culture different from that of their parents for a large part of their childhood, resulting in an identity that encompasses two or more cultures.

Ta-Nehisi Coates to Write Black Panther Comic for Marvel
George Gustines, New York Times, September 22, 2016

Ta-Nehisi Coates can be identified in many ways: as a national correspondent for The Atlantic, as an author and more. But Mr. Coates also has a not-so-secret identity, as evidenced by some of his Atlantic blog posts and his Twitter feed: Marvel Comics superfan.

Mothers, Judaism's Heroes
Isaiah Rothstein, MyJewishLearning: Jewish&, May 4, 2016

My mother, once Tanya Maria Robertson, now Shulamis Geulah Rothstein, taught my brothers and me so many things! She, like a great lioness, raised us to think, to feel and to respond to the needs of our people, regardless of religious affiliation, skin color or garb.

Finding the Calling of My Soul, A Conversion Story
Avigail Rivkah Hasofer, MyJewishLearning: Jewish& Blog, May 17, 2016

The journey to Judaism was not easy. After about two and half years of regularly attending services, on January 1, 2006 both my son and I went to the mikvah and took on Jewish life on a higher level.

Jews Of Color Cite Racism In Community
Hannah Dreyfus, The Jewish Week, May 4, 2016

As calls for criminal justice reform continue to spark national debate, the largest-ever gathering of Jews of color convened this week in New York City to discuss matters of racial justice inside and outside the Jewish community.

Shalom, amigo! New study sheds light on Latino Jews in US
Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service, April 14, 2016

As a group, Jewish Latinos don't get much attention - either from Jews or Latinos in the U.S. The first detailed survey of Americans who are both Latino and Jewish aims to shed light on this minority within a minority, who number more than 200,000 people.

The Abayudaya Jews of Uganda Now Officially Recognized by Jewish Agency
Rose Kaplan, Tablet Magazine, April 14, 2016

"There's more good news for Sizomu and the Abayudaya community: the Jewish Agency, a quasi-governmental organization involved with bringing new immigrants to Israel, has officially accepted the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda as a "recognized" Jewish community"

Yemeni Jews brought to Israel in secret mission
 Staff, BBC, March 21, 2016

Some of the last remaining Jews in war-torn Yemen have been brought to Israel in a secret mission. The Jewish Agency, which is responsible for Jewish immigration to Israel, said 19 people had arrived in recent days, among them a rabbi carrying a 500-year-old Torah scroll.

BOOK - "Casting Lots: Creating a Family in a Beautiful, Broken World,"
Renee Ghert-Zand, The Times of Israel, March 24, 2016

In a new highly readable and candid memoir, Silverman takes readers back to her liberal New Hampshire childhood and on to her years as a young mother driven to adopt a son (and later another) from Africa.

Scottish Jews finally have their own tartan after a 300 year wait
Ekin Karasin, Daily Mail, March 28, 2016

They waited 300 years to have their own tartan, but for the 6,400 Jewish people living in Scotland there has finally been a victory.

Nostalgia For A Hipper New York
Sandee Brawarsky, The Jewish Week, March 8, 2016

With a black and Jewish heritage and a classical musical pedigree, cellist-singer Marika Hughes mixes it all together.

Greek Jewish Festival
Lower East Side, New York, NY, May 22, 2016

Experience authentic kosher Greek foods and homemade Greek pastries, traditional Greek dancing and live Greek and Sephardic music, an outdoor marketplace full of vendors, arts and educational activities for kids, and much more!

Kaleidoscope comes to Brooklyn!!!
 Kolot Chayeinu, Brooklyn, NY, May 25, 2016

In celebration of Lag B'Omer join us for KALEIDOSCOPE, a narrative-arts driven initiative sparked by a desire to highlight the stories of Jews of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, observance levels, and interfaith experiences.

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:

Pursuing Justice 2016: Bend the Arc's First National Conference
 Washington DC, June 5, 2016

Convening of influential leaders in government, progressive allies, and activists who create change every day in their communities. Featuring workshop sponsored by Be'chol Lashon.

Lord, Get Me High: Shlomo Carlebach Reinterpreted
Guest Curator: Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell | JCC East Bay, Berkeley, May 21, 2016

Hughes' biography is all over her music. She's the daughter of a German-Jewish mother and an African-American father who ran a jazz club together, and she's the granddaughter of Emanuel Feuermann, considered one of the great cellists of the 20th century.

Second Annual Jewish Heritage Month
 JCRC, City Hall, San Francisco, May 25, 2016

May is Jewish American Heritage Month, a national month of recognition of the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture.

Chutzpah and Salsa
 Oashman Family JCC, Palo Alto, May 30, 2016

Los Angeles-based Jewish Women's Theatre (JWT) seeks out accomplished writers, encouraging them to explore their Jewish identity and create from their hearts.

JCRC TOWN HALL - "Race and Education"
 Congregation Beth Am, Los Altos Hills, Ca, June 2, 2016

Town Halls provide an opportunity for JCRC members and members of JCRC member organizations to engage in our consensus-building process.

Community-Wide Tikkun Leyl Shavuot
 JCC East Bay, Berkeley, June 11, 2016

Celebrate shavuot! Get ready for a unique celebration and night of learning - a spiritual journey bringing together people from a variety of perspectives and affiliations. Come for an hour or stay all night, joined by teachers from our diverse bay area jewish community. Featuring workshop sponsored by Be'chol Lashon.

Limmud Bay Area
Sonoma State University, Sonoma Valley, CA, June 24, 2016

Join the Jewish community from across the Bay Area. You'll be choosing among 100 sessions ranging from ancient texts to Jewish gangsters, from mysticism to social justice, from Israeli politics to Jewish meditation and yoga, from BDS to the environment.

Then and now: Tracking down the Ethiopian Jews who moved to Israel
Ofer Aderet, Haaretz, May 14, 2016

A new exhibition at The Museum of the Jewish People, in Tel Aviv, provides a fascinating insight into how members of the Ethiopian-Jewish community acclimatized to Israel - some more successfully than others - following Operation Moses in the mid-1980s.