Be'chol Lashon Newsletter: June Newsletter
When Counselors Go To Camp
Team Be'chol Lashon, MyJewishLearning: Jewish&, May 31, 2016

Where do seasoned camp veterans go to learn more about camp? Why camp, of course! Camp Be'chol Lashon (CBL) staffers Michael DeYoung (right) and Jonah Tobin (left) attended the Foundation for Jewish Camping's Cornerstone Seminar to be with hundreds of other camping professionals.

I send my kids to sleep-away camp to give them a competitive advantage in life
Laura Clydesdale, Washington Post, May 31, 2016

Studies over the past decade have shown outdoor programs stimulate the development of interpersonal competencies, enhance leadership skills and have positive effects on adolescents' sense of empowerment, self-control, independence, self-understanding, assertiveness, decision-making, self-esteem, academics, and more.

Why Uganda Elected a Rabbi to its Parliament
Tommy Trenchard, Newsweek, May 24, 2016

The head of a tiny rural community of Ugandan Jews, known as the Abayudaya, Rabbi Gershom Sizomu had made history on February 19, becoming the first Jewish candidate to win a seat in the country's Parliament.

The neo-Nazi (((echoes))) symbol: What it means, why it's all over Twitter and why I added it to my name
Jason Silverstein, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, June 9, 2016

A protest against neo-Nazi trolls is echoing across Twitter right now - and all it takes is six parentheses.

Race: Pushing Myself & the Jewish Community
Diane Tobin, MyJewishLearning: Jewish&, June 22, 2016

The need for Be'chol Lashon's work to create a racially and ethnically inclusive Jewish community is greater than it has ever been.

Sandra Lawson, black lesbian vegan rabbinical student, hopes to redefine where Judaism happens
Ben Sales, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, July 19, 2016

Sandra Lawson, an African-American lesbian rabbinical student, wants to spread Judaism outside the synagogue.

Historic Modesto shul welcomes new Latino members
Hannah Rubin, Jweekly, May 26, 2016

Being the spiritual center for a community of immigrants is in Congregation Beth Shalom's DNA - it was established in 1918 by recently arrived Lithuanian Ashkenazi Jews who spoke little English.

Jewish wedding in restored Edirne synagogue a sign of changing times
 Staff, Daily Sabah, May 29, 2016

The Grand Synagogue of Edirne in northwestern Turkey hosted on Sunday its first wedding ceremony in more than four decades. Though it was no different than traditional Jewish weddings, it bears a symbolic importance for the community in Turkey.

Indian synagogue held first Sabbath service in decades
Fred de Sam Lazaro, Religion News Service, May 25, 2016

A nearly 900-year-old synagogue recently held its first Sabbath service in decades in one of the diaspora's farthest flung places: the coastal Indian city of Cochin.

Thessaloniki: A magnificent synagogue revealed from the past
Elias Messinas, The Jerusalem Post, May 22, 2016

Monastiriotes Synagogue was among the very few that survived WWII, thanks to the intervention of the Red Cross that used it as storehouse.

Song: A Walk to Caesarea
Lior Ben-Hur, MyJewishLearning: Jewish& Blog, June 14, 2016

Music and Judaism go hand in hand. Every Shabbat service, lifecycle event, Jewish holiday or Israeli holiday has a specific song or melody that relates to that special day.

BE Modern Man: Meet 'The Soul Foodie' Michael Twitty
Tyrus Townsend,, June 20, 2016

It's a very cool thing. What I do, bringing not only the cooking, but the stories, struggles, and triumphs of our forefathers to life, is something you don't often see honored. So, this is great.

Jewish mom perpetuates Ladino with kid-friendly music
Joanna Valente, The Times of Israel, April 3, 2016

Singer-songwriter Sarah Aroeste's new album is a wake-up call for kids and parents to preserve a dying Jewish culture

Gallery: This is Bay Area Jewry
Temple Sinai, Oakland, May 22, 2016 – June 30, 2016

Be'chol Lashon Advisory board member, Nzinga Kone featured in "This Is Bay Area Jewry," presented in cooperation with Temple Sinai.

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.

 San Francisco, June 26, 2016

Join the Keshet contingent at 11:00AM as we march down Market Street in the SF Pride parade with the JCCSF!

Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival
The Addison-Penzak JCC, Los Gatos, June 26, 2016

Headlined by Molly Ringwald singing jazz by Jewish composers from the Great American Songbook and including performances by Mostly Kosher, Lior Ben-Hur & Sol Tevel, and Mister G.

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 36
 San Francisco, July 21, 2016 – August 7, 2016

Be'chol Lashon will co-present A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone at SFJFF36. Castro Theater | Friday, July 29, 11:00AM Roda Theatre | Thursday, August 4, 1:50PM

Divided Waters in Venice
Mirta Kupferminc, Jewish Art Salon, May 16, 2016 – September 29, 2016

"Divided Waters", an exhibition of contemporary art, commemorates the 500th anniversary of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice, May 26 - September 29, 2016, at the Palazzo Fontana, Venice, Italy.

Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, The Inquisition, and New World Identities
New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe, NM, May 22, 2016 – December 31, 2016

A new exhibit examines the history of Spanish Judaism, the Inquisition, and identity in the New World Jennifer Levin, Santa Fe New Mexican, May 20, 2016

Sephardic OTHELLO to Open in June at Center for Jewish History
 Center for Jewish History, New York, June 16, 2016 – June 30, 2016

A Sephardic-themed production of William Shakespeare's OTHELLO has been announced by The American Sephardi Federation. Unique to the production will be traditional Jewish Moroccan songs performed by the cast.

Namaste & Welcome: A Magical Jewish India Tour
November 3, 2016

Led by Be'chol Lashon Speaker, Rahel Musleah, who was born in Calcutta, your travels will reveal the intriguing history and culture of India's distinctive Jewish communities: Bombay, Cochin, Calcutta, and Delhi. The next two tours are scheduled for Nov. 3-17, 2016, and Feb. 9-23, 2017.


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