Be’chol Lashon Newsletter: June 2009

San Francisco Jewish Film FestivalSan Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Be'chol Lashon Co-sponsors Zrubavel
Saturday, July 25, 4pm
Castro Theatre

Be'chol Lashon is delighted to co-sponsor Zrubavel, the first feature-length Israeli drama created by Ethiopian-Israeli filmmakers that centers on a multigenerational family of Ethiopian émigrés. Stay for a reception immediately after the film. Click here for more information.

6th Sephardic Anousim Conference6th Sephardic Anousim Conference
Friday, July 31 - Sunday, August 2
B'nai Zion, El Paso

Join Bat Tzion Hebrew Learning Center and Congregation B'nai Zion for a weekend of terrific speakers, tasty meals, and spiritual Shabbat services. $110 conference fee includes all programs & meals. Click here for more information or call Sonya Loya (575) 257-0122 or Rabbi Leon (915) 833-2222.

Judge Sotomayor, a mythic 'Hispanic' Judge Sotomayor, a mythic 'Hispanic'
By Jonathan Zimmerman, LA Times, June 12, 2009

The supposedly racial term was pushed by Nixon to lump distinct Spanish-speaking groups into one voting bloc. There's no such thing, and the judge should be appointed on her merits. Read on...

Antisemitism in Spain. Old or New? Antisemitism in Spain. Old or New?
By Alejandro Baer, Jan 5, 2009

The recently released survey by the Pew Research Center’s Pew Global Attitudes Project finds 46% of the Spanish rating Jews unfavorably. With these figures, Spain scores, once again, as the western country among those studied by this Institute (Poland, Russia, Germany, France, Britain, US.) with the most negative views of Jews. Read on...

Orthodox Women To Be Trained As Clergy, If Not Yet as Rabbis
By Anthony Weiss, The Forward
, May 20, 2009

Rabbi Avi Weiss, a leading advocate for a more liberal Orthodoxy, and Sara Hurwitz, a protégé of Weiss, are now taking inquiries and applications for Yeshivat Maharat, a four-year program set to open this fall to train women as “full members of the Rabbinic Clergy.” Read on...


Identity and Inclusion

By Mikey Hirano Culross, The Rafu Shimpo, June 15, 2009

Davi Cheng, Hong Kong-born vice president of the Union of Reform Judaism Pacific Southwest region and L.A. director of Be’chol Lashon, was among the panelists. “As a Chinese lesbian Jew, I have the good fortune of experiencing life through many different perspectives,” she said during the discussion. Read on...

Francesca Biller-SafranJapanese-Jew Doesn't "Oy Veh" So Much Since Obama

By Francesca Biller-Safran, Huffington Post, June 5, 2009

As a Japanese-Jew, I have historically used self deprecating humor at my own expense as a way to explain and defend to others who I was and to feel accepted. Read on...

Developing a Vision of the Future of Asian-Jewish Families

By Hedi Molnar for, May 27, 2009

The American Jewish community has been aware of the growing number of Asians in its midst for some time. Between Jewish and interfaith families adopting Asian children, and conversionary marriages involving Asian spouses, Asians comprise about two percent of the Jewish population in the U.S., according to estimates from the Institute for Jewish and Community Research. Read on...

Strangers in a Strange Land

By Tamar Fenton, American Jewish World, June 10, 2009

Sizomu explained how the small Ugandan Jewish community is helping to improve conditions for its Christian and Muslim neighbors in Uganda by addressing social, educational and economic ills plaguing the entire region. With the support of Be’chol Lashon, the Abayudaya are engaged in a comprehensive health and development project that includes building a health center, preventing disease and developing the economy. Read on...

Jews in Mexico find it a place to thrive and serve

By Emily Sher, McClatchy, May 21, 2009

The Slomianskis are part of Mexico City's 50,000-strong Jewish community, the third largest in Latin America. They're thriving, diverse and multinational, but also close-knit and unusually self-sufficient when it comes to education and social programs. Read on...

Rabbi Stephen Leon The Secret Jews of the Southwest

By Amy Klein, JTA, May 18, 2009

Some Crypto-Jews are interested in the genealogical knowledge but are not planning on leaving Catholicism; others practice a dual Messianic faith with both Judaism and Jesus. A very few give up their Catholic faith and convert -- they prefer the word “return” -- to Judaism. Read on...


Balkan Beat BoxBOOK REVIEW
From Word to Canvas: Appropriations of Myth in Women’s Aesthetic Production
Edited by V.G. Julie Rajan and Sanja Bahun-Radunovi

Excerpt: I am a Bene Israel Jew from India. Although my family has gradually dispersed out of India, mostly to Israel and America, my parents remained in India. I am now also an American, living and working in New Jersey. With such a background, the desire to “find home,” spiritually and literally, has always preoccupied me—a concern to which I feel many Americans can relate, as this comparatively young nation was largely formed by immigrants and their descendants. Read on...

When Jewish Scholars Fled to the SouthBOOK REVIEW
Once Jews: Stories of Caribbean Sephardim

By Josette C. Goldish
The phrase “I am Catholic, but I am Jewish” may seem contradictory to some, but in the Caribbean islands and the countries of the Caribbean periphery, there are hundreds if not thousands of individuals who identify themselves in this manner and can trace their ancestry back to the early Sephardim of the Dutch islands of Curaçao. Read on...

Live and BecomeMUSIC REVIEW
The Songs of a Wandering People: Lullabies From Around the World

By Matthew Oshinsky, The Forward, May 27, 2009

When the joint Catholic monarchs of Spain, Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, ordered the expulsion of Jews from Spain on March 31, 1492, they probably wouldn’t have cared to know that they were helping to create one of the most remarkable musical traditions the world has ever known. Read on...


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