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Press Releases: 2013

Gershom A New York Daily News reporter covering her hometown of Brooklyn has been named the winner of the 2013 Be'chol Lashon Media Award.

Born into a family with German-Jewish and Jamaican roots, Simone Weichselbaum was selected for her piercing, respectful, accurate and often entertaining reporting of the multicultural borough, in particular its Orthodox Jews and Jews of color ....more



Press Releases: 2011

Gershom Black Jewish Hip-Hop video premiere kicks off Be'chol Lashon Media Awards

San Francisco, CA (May 19, 2011) -- A new music video, "This is Unity" by Black Orthodox Jewish hip-hop artist YLOVE, highlighted the Be'chol Lashon International Think Tank May 13-16, at which the group's 4th Annual Media Awards were announced. A new Children's Book Award also was given. ....more



Gershom Uganda Election Update
Help us win our petition for democracy


March 18, 2011 -- In the past we have suffered at the hands of leaders who have used political power as a weapon against Judaism. We have been denied religious rights, our property confiscated, some of us beaten up and imprisoned on tramped upon charges with no one to raise a finger on our behalf. ....more



Gershom African Rabbi Peacefully Fighting for True Democracy
Force Used By Opponent To Secure Victory


San Francisco, CA (March 1, 2011)

Rabbi Gershom Sizomu emerged as a lead candidate for Parliament. However, during the elections on Friday, February 18, men armed with guns, knives and sticks “stuffed” the ballot boxes in favor of his opponent. ....more


Press Releases: 2010

Siona Benjamin Jewish Identity Through Art

New York, CA (November 18, 2010) Growing up in Bombay, surrounded by Hindus and Muslims, attending Catholic and Zoroastrian schools, Siona Benjamin’s paintings reflects the multitude of cultural and religious traditions that were part of her Jewish childhood. Her artwork is filled with bright colors often associated with Indian art, traditional Jewish images, and strong female figures, expressing the complexities and nuances of modern Jewish identity. ....more



Gershom Sizomu Native-born Rabbi Running for National Parliament in Uganda

San Francisco, CA (November 16, 2010) Rabbi Gershom Sizomu is running for National Parliament in Uganda. If elected to parliament Rabbi Sizomu would not only be the first Jew elected to national office in Uganda, but also the first rabbi to be seated in nationally elected government outside of Israel. ....more



Tobin Health Center To Open in Mbale Tobin Health Center To Open in Mbale

San Francisco, CA (May 22, 2010) Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, alongside Diane Tobin and her family, will dedicate the Tobin Health Center on Friday in Mbale, Uganda. The center is named in memory of Dr. Gary Tobin z”l. ....more



2010 Be'chol Lashon Media Awards Winner Milos Silber Stories of Yemenite, Chinese and Cuban Jews win Be'chol Lashon Media Awards

San Francisco, CA (May 22, 2010) The dramatic account of a secret U.S. government mission to rescue Jews from Yemen, the ongoing story of Jewish life in Castro's Cuba and an interactive Web site on Chinese Jews took top honors in the third annual Be'chol Lashon Media Awards. ....more

Press Releases: 2009

2009 Media Award Winners Media Awards Presented at Gathering of Racially and Ethnically Diverse Jews

Pakistani American Teen Wins Top Honor in International Journalism Contest

San Francisco, CA (May 4, 2009) The 2009 Be'chol Lashon Media Awards were presented on Sunday, May 3, honoring excellence in coverage of Jewish ethnic diversity in print, broadcast/film and new media. ....more



Rabson Wuriga Historic Gathering of Racially and Ethnically Diverse Jews

African American, Asian, Latino, and African Leaders Convene in San Francisco

San Francisco, CA (April 29, 2009) Jewish leaders from Uganda, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Portugal, India, the United States, and elsewhere will meet in San Francisco May 1-4. ....more



Rabbi Capers FunnyeLacey Schwartz Racially Diverse Jews at Inauguration

Michelle Obama's Rabbi Cousin Among Guests

San Francisco - (January 20, 2009) - A number of racially diverse Jews are attending President Barack Obama's historic inauguration. ....more

Press Releases: 2008

Jewish African Boys 250 Africans Convert to Judaism

Group Joins Growing Community of Black African Jews

San Francisco - (July 16, 2008) - Over 250 people from Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa, Ghana, and Nigeria formally converted to Judaism in a ceremony held last week in the village of Nabogoye near Mbale, Uganda. ....more




Rabbi Capers FunnyeRabson Wuriga Historic Day for Black African Jews

First Ever Gathering of African Jewish Communities

San Francisco - (July 10, 2008) - The Pan-African Jewish Alliance (PAJA) is holding its first multi-national meeting on July 11, 2008 with participants from Jewish communities in Uganda, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, and the United States. The representatives from African Jewish communities are gathering in Uganda to celebrate with Rabbi Gershom Sizomu on the occasion of his installation as community rabbi by Conservative rabbis from the United States. ....more



Robbin Washington New Media Award in Jewish Diversity

NPR Commentator and Duluth News Tribune Editorial Page Editor Robin Washington is First Recipient

San Francisco - (May 28, 2008) - Robin Washington, the editorial page editor of Minnesota's Duluth News Tribune and a television producer and National Public Radio commentator, is the first recipient of the Be'chol Lashon Media Award established to honor excellence in coverage of the ethnic and racial diversity of world Jewry. The purpose is to give recognition to journalists and others covering the wide diversity of Jewish ethnicity. ....more



Rabbi Gershom Sizomu Rabbi From Uganda Ordained – First Ever in the United States

Be’chol Lashon and The Institute for Jewish & Community Research, MMD Newswire, May 14, 2008

San Francisco, CA (May 14, 2008) – On May 19th, Gershom Sizomu will become the first black rabbi from sub-Saharan Africa to be ordained from an American rabbinic school. He will return home to rural Uganda in June 2008 to lead his Jewish community called the Abayudaya ("people of Judah") and to open a school to train rabbis to serve growing Jewish communities throughout Africa. ....more



Be'chol Lashon International Think Tank Black, Latino, and Asian Jews From Around the Globe Meet in San Francisco

San Francisco, CA (May 1, 2008) – Racially and ethnically diverse Jewish leaders from all over the Jewish world are meeting from May 2-5 in San Francisco. The gathering is sponsored by Be’chol Lashon, which in Hebrew means, "In Every Tongue." This year’s participants will focus on issues about conversion to Judaism. Countries represented include Spain, Portugal, France, Brazil, Uganda, and South Africa, among others. ....more