Be'chol Lashon Newsletter: July / August 2011

Be'chol Lashon Summer Camp 2011 Prayer, and Bug Juice, at a Summer Camp for Jews of Color
By Samuel G. Freedman, The New York Times, August 12, 2011

Camp Be’chol Lashon (“In Every Tongue”) here in the hills of Marin County about 35 miles north of San Francisco. For the past two years, it has provided the commonplaces of Jewish summer camp, right down to poison oak and bug juice, to an emerging population of Jews of color. See photos here.

Be'chol Lashon Summer Camp 2011Camp mirrors a girl's diverse Jewish biography
By Johanna Ginsberg, New Jersey Jewish News, August 17, 2011

"I was looking for a camp for Beza that would be an inclusive camp where she would not feel different because she is black and Jewish..." When they heard about Camp Be’chol Lashon, a multicultural Jewish camp in California, they jumped.

Jewish Telegraph News Agency Speakers Bureau: Let the Synagogue Say Amen, August 29, 2011

Rabbi Capers Funnye, Associate Director of Be’chol Lashon, addressed a Beverly Hills synagogue and says Judaism is a global faith not limited to ethnicity. Click here more information about the Be'chol Lashon Speakers Bureau.


MK Shlomo Molla Molla becomes first Ethiopian deputy Knesset speaker
By Lahav Harkov, The Jerusalem Post, May 8, 2011

MK Shlomo Molla (Kadima) was elected deputy Knesset speaker on Wednesday, and will become the first Ethiopian to fill the role when Knesset summer recess ends in late October.

Heidi Durrow, left, and Fanshen Cox Pushing Boundaries, Mixed-Race Artists Gain Notice
By Felicis R. Lee, The New York Times, July 5, 2011

Work by mixed-race artists is increasingly visible in museum exhibitions, in bookstores and online — raised to the spotlight by new census numbers that show a roughly 32 percent increase since 2000 in the number of Americans declaring multiracial identity.

Jewish Telegraph News Agency Judge moves to strike circumcision ban from S.F. ballot
Jewish Telegraphic Agency, July 27, 2011

A San Francisco Superior Court judge tentatively ruled that an initiative banning circumcisions for anyone under 18 be removed from the November ballot. The ruling came in response to a lawsuit, which argued that state law bars municipalities from banning legitimate medical practices.


Hebrew School Jews of Many Colors: Intermarriage, conversion and adoption are creating an ever more racially diverse Tribe
By Eric L. Goldstein, The Jewish Week, July 5, 2011

The increasing racial and ethnic diversity of the American Jewish population that has taken place in the last few decades has been part of the larger social transformation of American Jews in the post-World War II period, when declining anti-Semitism and more fluid social boundaries allowed Jews to come into greater contact with Americans of all backgrounds.

Emily and David Brecher Egg Rolls and Matzoh Brei: A look at Asian-Jewish marriages
By Kathy Seal, Jewish Journal, July 19, 2011

After her husband stepped on the glass at their wedding, and she survived the chair dance without falling, Emily Brecher changed into a traditional red Chinese dress.

Alex Tyus and Alli Cecchini Tyus Florida's Alex Tyus Says Shalom
By Daniel Marks, Dime Magazine, July 27, 2011

Last July, Amar’e Stoudemire made waves when he took a trip to Israel to research his Jewish roots. The trip was embraced by Jews everywhere as it is not everyday that a 6-9 NBA All-Star declares himself to be a member of the tribe.


Israel Flag Turkey to return confiscated Jewish property
The Jewish Telegraphic, August 29, 2011

The Turkish government announced it will return property confiscated from Jews and Christians over the past seven decades. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday told the leaders of 150 Jewish and Christian foundations of the government order during a Ramadan break-fast dinner.

Israel Flag Rabbi elected to Buenos Aires parliament
The Jewish Telegraphic, July 11, 2011

Argentine Rabbi Sergio Bergman handily won a seat on the Buenos Aires municipal legislature. Bergman led with 45 percent of the vote, more than tripling second-place finisher Juan Cabandie of the Victory Front Party, who had 14 percent.

Israel Flag Rare Jewish-Indian Haggadah found in Salford
BBC News, June 24, 2011

The 137-year-old Poona Haggadah, used by the Bene Israel community at Passover, was found by University of Manchester historian, Dr Yaakov Wise. He said he paid a "substantial" fee after recognising it at the sale.


Israel Flag Was Amy Winehouse 'A Nice Jewish Girl'?
By Philologos, The Forward, August 22, 2011

What is the origin and current rationale of the expression ‘nice Jewish boy’ or ‘nice Jewish girl’? The latest example I’ve come across in the media is the repeated reference to Amy Winehouse as a ‘nice Jewish girl who blah, blah, blah.

Israel Flag Ziggy Marley: I'm jealous of Jewish culture
By Rafi Barbiro,, July 7, 2011

Ziggy Marley feels very close to Israel. He's married to Orly, an Israeli woman, and they have three children: A girl named Judah Victoria, a boy called Gideon, and a baby - Abraham Selassie. Marley admits that, having no other choice, he celebrates all the Jewish holidays and is very jealous of our culture.

Case The Black Generation Gap
By Ellis Cose, The Root, June 1, 2011

Competing with other racial groups is nothing new to them. Their identifying characteristic is their fervent -- if not totally universal -- belief that they personally can overcome whatever obstacles prejudice might set in their way. They don't believe that America is color-blind, race-neutral or "postracial."


Camp Be'chol Lashon"JapJAP" premieres in the Bay Area
Sept 8-18, in the SF Fringe Festival

Tearing down borders and tearing off clothes, JapJAP's body is her only roadmap as she embarks on a journey through identity, culture, and history. Join the Bay Area premiere of this politically, visually, and emotionally provocative full-bodied one-woman show.

Camp Be'chol LashonGaleet Dardashti Concert
September 24, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California Street, San Francisco

Singer Galeet Dardashti performs Middle eastern musical poetry reinventing Persian melodies and Hebrew texts with electronic soundscapes and dynamic video projections.

Camp Be'chol LashonBe’chol Lashon Family Camp
October 14 - 16, Walker Creek Ranch, Petaluma
Register today!

Be part of a vibrant growing global Jewish community. Celebrate Sukkot with family and friends at the Bay Area Bechol Lashon Retreat!


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

Join a group of racially and ethnically diverse Jews to meet and discuss related topics. This month: Shabatton: What is it and how can we include everyone? Moderated by Joel Zenny. RSVP required. This event is co-sponsored by Be'chol Lashon and JBFCS.

SionaMy Magic Carpet: Works by Siona Benjamin
September 15 - November 11
Flomenhaft Gallery, NYC

Benjamin has traveled near and far both physically and emotionally before returning to Mumbai, where she was born. Growing up in India she was a member of the Jewish Bene Israel group that settled there at least nine generations ago.


Aardvark Israel Immersion ProgramAardvark Israel Immersion Program

Be'chol Lashon is partnering with Aardvark Israel to offer opportunities for Jewish students from around the world to participate in an exciting semester or year in Israel. Learn more | Help students participate

Go Global with Be'chol LashonGo Global with Be'chol Lashon

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