Be’chol Lashon Newsletter: March 2009

ZrubavelCall for Be'chol Lashon Programming
Shavuot: We were all at Sinai - JCC in Manhattan May 28

To help make the JCC Shavuot celebration the most Jewish multicultural tikkun of all time we invite you to submit a proposal for a tikkun program slot of 1 hour that will introduce participants to your unique Jewish culture including film, music, dance, storytelling. Honoraria will be awarded. Click here for more information.
Applications are due by April 6th at 5pm,

GroupsRacially and Ethnically Diverse Jews:
Groups now forming

Are you interested in meeting others, talking together about common experiences and building community? Groups now forming for: Young adults, Parents, and Interracial Couples. Co-led by professional and community facilitators. Read on...
In partnership with JBFCS, Be'chol Lashon and JCC Manhattan

PurimBJE's Feast of Jewish Learning
Sunday, March 29, 2 - 7pm

JCHS, 1835 Ellis Street
San Francisco

Free and Open to the Public!

Be'chol Lashon is pleased to announce Dr. Marc Dollinger's presentations the Feast of Jewish Learning, Lost, and Now Found, Jews of Uganda. Two sessions; 2:30-3:45 and 4-5:15

Co-sponsored by Be'chol Lashon. Click here for the flyer.

Purim The Road to Freedom
Thursday, April 2, 7pm

New Eritrea Restaurant
907 Irving Street
San Francisco

$20 including Ethiopian dinner

Celebrate the greatest Exodus of our time, the modern exodus of the Ethiopian Jews.

Co-sponsored by Be'chol Lashon.Click here for the flyer.

PurimBefore I'd Be a Slave: Passover and the Exodus through the African-American Spiritual
Monday, April 6, 7 - 9pm

Shaar Zahav, 290 Dolores Street (@16th St)
San Francisco

Free Event, taught by Yonah Thunderword and Reuben Zellman

The ancient story of the Israelites’ liberation from slavery has been a source of hope and a rallying cry for oppressed and struggling peoples in many parts of the world, at many times in history. As we prepare for the holiday of Passover, come explore the Passover story as it is told through the Torah and through the eyes and voices of African-American music.

Co-sponsored by Be'chol Lashon.

PurimThe Jews of Africa: A Roundtable Discussion
Tuesday, May 5, 8pm

JCCSF, 3200 California Street (@Presidio)
San Francisco

$15 JCC Members, $18 Public, $10 Students. Email for special Bechol Lashon discount.

With Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, Dr. Rabson Wuriga, and Dr. Rabbi Capers Funnye, facilitated by Dr. Lewis Gordon

Jews are an amalgam of many peoples and Jewish origins include a multitude of languages, nations, tribes, and skin colors. Over the centuries, while Jews migrated north, east, and west, they also went south throughout Africa. Join us for a roundtable discussion on the beliefs, customs, and history of the various African communities.

A program of the Taube Center for Jewish Life and Be'chol Lashon.

CampNEW Camp Be'chol Lashon

June 21-28 - week long sleepaway camp

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.


Immigrants' Children Look Closer for Love

By Annie Gowen, March 8, 2009, Washington Post

Although interracial marriages overall have increased, the rate of Hispanics and Asians marrying partners of other races declined in the past two decades. This suggests that the growing number of immigrants is having a profound effect on coupling. Read on...

TextbooksAuthors Warn That Many Textbooks Distort Religion

By Lauren Green, March 7, 2009, Fox News

Jesus was a Palestinian? That's what one public school textbook says. Authors Gary Tobin and Dennis Ybarra of the Institute for Jewish and Community Research found some 500 imperfections and distortions concerning religion in 28 of the most widely used social studies and history textbooks in the United States. Read on or Watch Clip

CoupleGay couple granted adoption of foster son after 14 years

By Vered Luvitch, March 10, 2009, YNet

The Ramat Gan Family Court set a precedent Tuesday after allowing a gay couple to finally adopt their foster son after 14 years. Two years after petitioning court to allow them to adopt child they have been fostering since 1995, Prof. Uzi Even and Dr. Amit Kama can now officially call Yossi their son Read on...


Why’s a Jewish Woman Running a Black Paper?

By Nathaniel Popper, March 4, 2009,

A Jewish editor would be an unusual presence at most black newspapers, but at few places more so than the famed Amsterdam News. For the past few decades, the weekly, Harlem-based publication has achieved notoriety in no small measure due to its frequent run-ins with Jewish antagonists. Read on...

SanstadBerkeley synagogue has its own first black president

By Dan Pine, February 26,

When she worked in advertising years ago, Katherine Haynes Sanstad was the only woman put on a Chevron account. When she worked in HIV prevention, she was the only straight person on her team. So being the only black president of a local Jewish congregation doesn’t faze her in the least. Sanstad is used to being the exception. “I’m very comfortable,” she says, “being neither fish nor fowl.” Read on...

MaoriMaori Member of the Tribe

By Ziv Hellman, January 4, 2009, The Jerusalem Report

...there does now exist a Jewish Hanukka haka dance (haka dances are the traditional dances of the Maori, which sports followers might recognize from the haka war dance performed by the All Blacks, the New Zealand rugby team, prior to matches), thanks to Steve Daniels, perhaps the only individual of Maori descent who ever converted to Judaism. Read on...

centroReturn to Centro Histórico

By Ilan Stavans, March/April, 2009, Moment Magazine

I am as familiar with Mexico City as I am with myself. Yet somehow as an adult, I had neglected to visit the site where my Jewish family life began before I was born, the capital’s Centro Histórico. Built on the ruins of the ancient capital of the Aztec Empire, the Centro Histórico encompasses nine square kilometers, including the grand Zócalo, a vast square with the magisterial Catedral Metropolitana, the largest in the Americas. Read on..

Allen StanfordHave Mexican Jews lost their wealth in Madoff-like scheme?

By Abe Selig, February 24, 2009, Jerusalem Post

Texas-born bank tycoon Robert Allen Stanford, who faces unfolding fraud allegations surrounding his Antiguan investment banks, may end up filling a Bernard Madoff-like role for Latin American Jews and specifically the Mexico City community. Read on...


As One of Their Own Is Tried for Murder, Bukharans Debate Loss of Old Ways

By Anne Barnard, February 8, 2009, NY Times

The chief rabbi of the Bukharans, Itzhak Yehoshua, said that back home, amid a creaky Soviet legal system and traditional Muslim neighbors, Bukharan society was “less alert” to women’s rights. And he said he understood why some younger immigrants turn to courts and lawyers instead of rabbis — because elders reared in the Soviet Union do not always understand American problems. Read on...


Amen to That: Joshua Nelson's Kosher Gospel is Music for the Times

By Jonathan Curiel, February 25, 2009,

“Gospel” and “Jewish music” tend to be mutually exclusive, but Joshua Nelson—an African-American Jew raised in an Orthodox household—has fused the two together, and attached a label that gives his sound instant cachet: Kosher Gospel. Read on...

Apples and Fresh Lemon: At the New Alice Tully Hall, Beguiling Music From the Sephardic Diaspora

By Raphael Mostel, March 4, 2009, The Forward

“For centuries it survived. It survived without composers, even without printed parts or institutions. It survived because it was important and was transmitted from one generation to another,” Jordi Savall said after he and his ensemble had just proved the point by playing an ancient Sephardic lullaby in a series of guises: Moroccan, Greek, Turkish and then all at the same time. Read on...

IndianEliyahoo Hanabee: Musical Tradition of the Bene Israel of Bombay

*Special thanks to Sam and Erna Daniel for recommending this cd

This new CD features 14 songs of the Bene Israel musical tradition that have been recorded in Bombay (now Mumbai), India, in 1996. The songs are performed by male singers mostly in Hebrew, and a few in Aramaic and Marathi - the regional language of Maharashtra. Read on...


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