Be'chol Lashon Newsletter: February 2011

Rabbi Gershom SizomuThe Rabbi Runs for Parliament
By Matthew Fishbane, Tablet Magazine, February 17, 2011

Gershom Sizomu, likely the first and only native-born black African rabbi and the leader of the local Abayudayah community of Ugandan Jews, sees his prospects for a parliamentary seat as better than decent.

Gary A. Tobin AwardsNEW! Write about Anti-Semitism, Win $1,000

The Gary A. Tobin Awards: Excellence for Student Reporting on Anti-Semitism
Institute for Jewish & Community Research is partnering with the Student Free Press Association to offer $1,000 awards for excellent student reporting on anti-Semitism.

Collier Meyerson and MaNishtanaBlack History Month: Check out these featured blogs

, created by Collier Meyerson, Be'chol Lashon’s New York Program Coordinator, is a collection of thoughts, discoveries and happenings in the NY Global Jewish Community. The title, "Not Woody Allen", is a sardonic lighthearted way to invite readers in to experience the Judaism of an Upper West Side Cultural Jew that does not fall under the stereotypes projected by mainstream media that all Jewish people from New York invoke Woody Allen.

Shais Rison’s blog, , is featuring: Today in Black Jewish History Month. According to the Brooklyn Excelsior, Rison, a 28 year old Orthodox Jew, created the site as a community for himself and other "Jews of Color" or JOCs, to have a public forum to ask why they are so different from others of the same religion.


Black? White? Asian? More Young Americans Choose All of the Above Black? White? Asian? More Young Americans Choose All of the Above
By Susan Saulny, The New York Times, January 29, 2011

Many young adults of mixed backgrounds are rejecting the color lines that have defined Americans for generations in favor of a much more fluid sense of identity...They are also using the strength in their growing numbers to affirm roots that were once portrayed as tragic or pitiable.

Cairo erupts in joy after Mubarak resigns Cairo erupts in joy after Mubarak resigns
By Jordan Gerstler-Holton, Al-Masry Al-Youm, February 12, 2011
Mazel Tov to author Jordan Gerstler-Holton, son of longtime Be'chol Lashon supporters Booker and Elaine Holton.

The street, out of view of the protests taking place nearby, erupted in cheers as passersby embraced each other amid cries of jubiliation and fluttering hand-held Egyptian flags.

David ShenkIs there a genius in all of us?
By David Shenk, BBC, January 12, 2011

"It would be folly to suggest that anyone can literally do or become anything. But the new science tells us that it's equally foolish to think that mediocrity is built into most of us” -- David Shenk Author of The Genius in All of Us


MArtin Luther King MLK's Impact on Judaism
By Shira Hirschman Weiss, The Huffington Post, January 17, 2011

While reading about Rabbi Capers Funnye, how he decided to convert to Judaism after extensive and thorough exploration into religion, I decided that I had something to add to what I was teaching my children.

Rabbi Enan Francis Torah does not differentiate between our races
By Robert Wiener, New Jersey Jewish News, January 5, 2011

Essentially, we are Jewish and as Jews we are subject to the dictates of the Torah. The Torah does not differentiate between our races or colors; it essentially is color blind. However, from time to time we run into comments or quotes or questionable information from the Torah that needs to be explained or understood in the context of the Torah’s greater wider approach to humanity.

Tiger Moms tamed by American experience Tiger Moms tamed by American experience
By Sue Fishkoff, JTA, January 25, 2011

Rabbi Jacqueline Mates-Muchin earned two A’s, one A-plus and one A-minus during her first semester at the University of California, Santa Barbara. When she told her Chinese grandfather, she was disappointed but not shocked by his response.

Jews in Damascus Restore Synagogues as Syria Tries to Foster Secular Image Jews in Damascus Restore Synagogues as Syria Tries to Foster Secular Image
By Yehudah Mirsky, Jewish Ideas Daily, January 13, 2011

Albert Cameo, leader of what remains of the Jewish community in Syria, says he’s trying to fulfill an obligation to his religious heritage. The 70-year-old is organizing the restoration of a synagogue called Al-Raqi in the old Jewish quarter of Damascus built during the Ottoman Empire about 400 years ago.


Who are the Inca Jews of PeruAudio: Who are the Inca Jews of Peru
A7 Radio's "Welcome to the Tribe" with Gabriella Licsko, February 2, 2011

Travel to Beit El and learn the Bnei Moshe, also known as the Inca Jews of Peru, and how the Villanueva brothers met the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Beit El is also home to a large community of Bnei Menashe from India.

First synagogue in 200 years opens in St. MaartenFirst synagogue in 200 years opens in St. Maarten
By Staff, JTA, January 27, 2011

The Jewish community of St. Maarten opened its first synagogue since the 18th century. The synagogue, part of a new Chabad Center operated by Rabbi Moshe and Sara Chanowitz, is based in a 1,200-square-foot office space that once housed a church.

Spain, Jews and Israel: 25 years after formal relationsSpain, Jews and Israel: 25 years after formal relations
By D.S. Mariaschin, The Jerusalem Post, January 16, 2011

The 25th anniversary of the formalization of Spanish-Israel relations marks a great opportunity to renew and review and remember a sometimes glorious and sometimes tragic history in Spanish-Jewish relations, while looking ahead to future collaboration.


Jewish PalateThe Jewish Palate: A chocolate kiss
By Chef Dennis Wasko, The Jerusalem Post, February 7, 2011

Most people are unaware of the significant connection between Jews and chocolate.  Most Jews enjoy eating chocolate, but did you know that the Jews played a key role in elevating chocolate from its humble beginnings to the velvety decadent treat we know and love today?

From Hidden Restaurants to Steaks: Where and What To Eat in Buenos AiresFrom Hidden Restaurants to Steaks: Where and What To Eat in Buenos Aires
By Michael T. Luongo, The Jew & The Carrot, February 2, 2011

Buenos Aires, best known as the Paris of South America for its vibrant culture and architecture, has become a major tourism destination. And there’s plenty of interest for the Jewish tourist. Argentina has one of the largest Jewish communities in the world, and the largest in Latin America, with estimates ranging from 175,000 to 250,000.

The Jewish Palate: Beta Israel- The Jews of EthiopiaThe Jewish Palate: Beta Israel- The Jews of Ethiopia
By Chef Dennis Wasko, The Jerusalem Post, December 20, 2010

Eretz Yisrael has become an incredible melting pot.  Within its tiny borders, Jews from every conceivable national origin have found a safe place of refuge where they can express the fullness of their particular flavor of Judaism.  Perhaps the most dramatic example of this would be our Brothers and Sisters from Ethiopia.


These Are My Names
Sunday, February 27, 1:30pm
BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA

Film screening and discussion with Ruth Mason. Film presented in coorperation with Be'chol Lashon.

IKARIKAR Purim Justice Carnival
Saturday, March 19 & Sunday, March 20, Westside JCC, Los Angeles, CA

Join the festivities at IKAR, combining soulful and traditional religious practices, rooted in a deep commitment to social justice. Come costumed. DJs Solemite and Mudfoot spinning Saturday Night. More details coming soon! Co-sponsored by Be'chol Lashon.

Purim: An Off-Street Festival
March 20, 2011, 11am - 2pm, Jewish Community Center, San Francisco, CA

Celebrating Jewish identity and survival, Purim is traditionally observed with a joyous, irreverent and carnival-like festivities. An afternoon of frolicking, food and fun, with face painting, hamentaschen, henna art, multicultural food and more! Co-sponsored by Be'chol Lashon.

Camp Be'chol LashonCamp Be'chol Lashon
July 31 - August 12, Walker Creek Ranch, Petaluma, CA Register today!

There is still space at Camp Be'chol Lashon, a new overnight Jewish camp for children who want to be part of a global Jewish community. Generous camperships are available.


Be'chol Lashon/JBFCS NY Group for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Jews
Wednesday, March 2, 7-9pm
135 W. 50th St., 6th Floor, Suite 4, NYC

"Pieces Of My Memoir: On The Death Yoseph Robinson, My Friend" RSVP required. Co-sponsored by Be'chol Lashon and JBFCS.

15th New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival
Monday, March 14, 6:30pm
Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, NYC

Join us for the New York premiere of Next Year in Bombay. Film presented in coorperation with Be'chol Lashon.


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