Be’chol Lashon Newsletter: September 2009
In this month's Be'chol Lashon Podcast episode, Rahel Musleah talks about her Baghdadi Jewish family and their Rosh Hashanah traditions. Watch and comment...
Exotic, delicious — and yes, kosher. The Sephardic community has its own way of celebrating the Jewish new year. In L.A., an expat is spreading the word about the spicy cuisine. Read on...
Multicultural feasts have now become the center of joyous gatherings in my own home. With three daughters who are a blend of Japanese, Italian, Russian-Jewish, Polish, Irish, English, Scotch Welsh and little Spanish, what choice do we possibly have but to embrace ourselves as a proclamation of unity and ethnic pride? Read on...
Kids as young as 6 months judge others based on skin color. What's a parent to do?
At the Children's Research Lab at the University of Texas, a database is kept on thousands of families in the Austin area who have volunteered to be available for scholarly research. Read on...
Hiddush, a trans-denominational organization aimed at promoting religious freedom in Israel, was launched at a press conference in Tel Aviv on Monday. The new group challenges the status quo of the religious power structure in Israel and aims to build up grassroots momentum for change. Read on...
China's international adoption program, which opened in 1992, has become particularly popular due to its transparency and efficiency. But the stricter guidelines, intended to limit an overwhelming number of applicants, are proving effective. Read on...
Private Motive for Egypt's Public Embrace of a Jewish Past
By Michael Slackman, The New York Times, September 7, 2009
Egypt has slowly, quietly been working to restore its synagogues for several years. It has completed two projects and plans to restore about eight more. But because of the perception on the street — the anger toward Israel and the deep, widespread anti-Semitism — the government initially insisted that its activities remain secret. Read on...
I'd rather be in Barbados
By Cynthia Calvert, The Texas Tribune, August 25, 2009
Jews from Reclife, Brazil, settled in Bridgetown after persecution by the Portuguese; they built a synagogue, called the Kahal Kadosh Nidhe Israel, in 1654. They became merchants and brought expertise in sugar, settling mainly in the area called Speightstown. Read on...
The exhibit, containing 30 photographs of Sephardic and Ashkenazi synagogues, is part of the JCCSF’s upcoming El Camino Judio program focusing on the Jewish roots in Latin culture. Read on...
Jewish-Indian author, sculptor and art critic,, Esther David writes in English and Gujarati. Her novels include The Walled City (Syracuse University Press, 2002); The Book of Esther (Penguin Global, 2003); The Book of Rachel (Penguin Global, 2007) and Shalom India Housing Society (Feminist Press, 2009). Read on...
The Secret Shofar of Barcelona
By Jacqueline Dembar Greene
Musician Don Fernando longs to hear the sounds of the shofar on the High Holidays, but, like the other secret Jews in Inquisition-era Spain, he must hide his religion. Read on...
Sukkot Festivities Around the World
Sunday, October 4, 4:00-6:00 PM
Celebrate the global Jewish community in our Sukkah. Rabbi Capers Funnye will deliver a talk for adults, and Sukkot activities will be provided for children. Click here for more information.
NEW YORK EVENTS
Group: Jews from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds
Our topic will be "The Journey of a Convert to Judaism: The Trials and Triumphs of One Woman's Path to Judaism," presented by Lori Pridgen. Please RSVP to Judy Levitan or call 212-399-2685 ext 219.
Sukkah Party for Racially Diverse Jewish Families
Come together for an evening of fun, learning, and sharing with other multiracial Jewish families. Parents and tweens/teens will have the chance to meet with their peers and talk about merging Jewish identities with that of other ethnic, cultural, or racial identities. Celebrate Sukkot in the Roberts Family Rooftop Sukkah and enjoy music, arts and crafts, a light supper, and socializing! Click here for more information.
Jerusalem and the Jews of Spain: Longing and Reality
This evening launches a year-long series of programs and symposiums on The Jews of Spain: Past and Present. For centuries, a central theme among the Jews of Spain was their longing for a return to the Land of Israel. This was a romantic and religious desire of many Spanish Jews—a desire that eventually became a reality. Click here for more information.
In this month's update on the progress of the Abayudaya Community Health and Development Project: construction continues on the Mbale health center, and a profile of one of Rabbi Sizomu's yeshiva students, Alex Armah. For the complete update and to read updates from 2007 and 2008, click here.
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