Be’chol Lashon Newsletter: February 2009
Racially and Ethnically Diverse Jews: Groups now forming
Call Judith Levitan, LCSW: 212-399-2685, ext 219 or Email for dates and location, or Lacey Schwartz, 212-217-0178
Community education programs in partnership with Jewish Bureau of Family and Children Services, Be’chol Lashon and The JCC Manhattan.
Jews in the Cradle of India, sponsored by Indian Jewish Congregation of USA
Panelists: Romiel Daniel, the Indian Jewish Congregation of USA; Nathan Katz, Who Are the Jews of India?; Rahel Musleah, journalist; and Rabbi Yehuda Krusky, Chabad-Lubavitch Movement.
India, a country that values religious and ethnic diversity, has long been home to three Jewish communities and has remained largely free of anti-Semitism. Journey to Jewish Kolkata, Mumbai, and Kochi, and find out how the recent attacks in Mumbai are affecting that small but thriving community.
WEST COAST EVENTS
Beth Chayim Chadashim
6000 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles
Free Family Event
Hear the Megillah read in multiple languages, representing our multicultural & diverse Jewish world. Mask making, puppet show, skits and more!
JCCSF, 3200 California Street
Free and Open to the Public!
Be’chol Lashon and the JCCSF co-host a family Purim Festival celebrating the diversity of the Bay Area with costumes, food, games, and holiday traditions from around the world including belly dancing, tarot & palm readings, capoeira/ Brazilian martial arts and more! Although a Jewish holiday, the Purim themes of courage and triumph are universal.
Click here for the flyer
Walker Creek Ranch, Petaluma
WELCOME TO ALL...children of racially and ethnically diverse families...and those who want to be part of a global Jewish community.
Join us for arts, dance, music, ropes course, teambuilding, sports, swimming, leadership development, eco-Judaism and more!
Click here for more information.
Hebrew Charter School to Open in NYC Next FallBy Newsday Staff Writer, February 1, 2009, Newsday.com
The south Brooklyn neighborhood of Mill Basin is a racially diverse mix, with immigrants from Asia, a number of Spanish-speaking countries and the former Soviet Union. Backers of a new charter school specializing in Hebrew set to open there in the fall say all of those ethnic and religious groups will be attracted to the academic institution, not just Jews. Read on...
Hate crimes against Jews rise in VenezuelaBy Fabiola Sanchez, February 7, 2009, Associated Press, SFGate.com
As President Hugo Chavez intensifies his anti-Israel campaign, some Venezuelans have taken action, threatening Jews in the street and vandalizing the largest synagogue in Caracas - where they stole a database of names and addresses. Now many in Venezuela's Jewish community fear the worst is yet to come. Read on...
Special Operation Brings 10 New Immigrants from Yemen to IsraelBy Staff, February 19, 2009, Jewish Agency for Israel
The most dramatic moments in Jewish history have once again taken place in Ben Gurion airport minutes ago: 10 Jews from Yemen landed in Israel as part of a Jewish Agency special rescue and aliyah operation. It's a moment that captures who we are as a people, who we are as the Jewish State, and who we are as the Jewish Agency. Read on...
Maya Escobar: Who I Am
By PJ Edelman, February 2009, Jewishinstlouis.org
Maya is pretty unique as a half Guatemalan, half-Jewish St. Louis resident. Born in Urbana, IL, Maya and her Guatemalan father and Jewish mother moved to Chicago’s West Rogers Park when she was 3 years old. Her family was one of the very few non-Orthodox families on the block. Read on...
“Jewtinos” Get their own Clothing Line
By Maegan La Mala, December 2008, VivirLatino.com
“Jewtinos”, people of Latino and Jewish origin, aren’t a huge demographic for marketers, and therefore the door is left wide open for those looking to cater to customers wanting specialized products that represent this ethnicity and/or faith combination. Enter Adriana Lopez, founder of the new clothing line Jewtina, who is making clothes that reflect Latino Jewish culture. Read on...
May His Memory Be a Blessing: Rabbi Alan Lew
By JTA Staff, January 13, 2009, JTA StaffRabbi Alan Lew, who was known for his efforts to bridge Judaism and Buddhist teachings, died unexpectedly. Lew was the author of “One God Clapping: The Spiritual Path of a Zen Rabbi.” Before joining the Conservative rabbinate he spent 10 years studying Zen Buddhism, and later pioneered the use of meditation to enhance Jewish spirituality.
The rabbi also was a social justice activist who protested executions at San Quentin penitentiary and argued for the homeless and poor at City Hall, according to Rabbi Micah Hyman, the current spiritual leader at Beth Sholom. Read on...
Book Review: Jewish Dharma - A Guide to the Practice of Judaism and Zen by Brenda Shoshanna, Ph.D
By Lynda Lippin, February 10, 2009, Blogcritics.org
Movie About China's Schindler Tells Story of Unlikely German Hero
By DPA Staff, February 9, 2009, DW-World.De
The movie shows how Rabe helped Chinese civilians escape the horrors of what is known as the rape of Nanking by helping set up and take over the running of a special security zone. But it also shows that Rabe ran into opposition...among them American physician Robert Wilson, played by actor Steve Buscemi. Read on..
Going home again, to Jewish Bombay
By Allison Hoffman, February 11, 2009, Jerusalem Post
As a small child growing up outside Boston, filmmaker Sadia Shepard felt torn between two cultures: the WASP Episcopalianism of her father's family in Colorado and the more exotic Muslim traditions her Pakistani mother had grown up with in Karachi. Read on...
Hidden Roots in the Jungle