Be'chol Lashon Newsletter: September 2011

Sound the Shofar Shanah Tovah from Be'chol Lashon
Diane Tobin, Director

Around the world, Jews of all ethnic and racial backgrounds have one thing to say as Rosh Hashana approaches: Happy New Year! From all of us at Be’chol Lashon, may it be a year of blessings, growth, sweetness and joy. Watch video here.

The High Holidays are a time for reflection, for feasting and fasting, for prayer and ritual. Region to region, family to family, there are a multitude of variations on the rituals and themes of the holiday. Eyal Bitton sings the beautiful and ancient Moroccan version of Kol Nidrei. Read Around the World.

Victoria Washington thinks about the concept of forgiveness literally on a daily basis as a lawyer defending people facing the death penalty. Read Real People, Real Stories.

See our new High Holiday section for recipes, Torah and more!

Sound the Shofar Lacey Schwartz, Antonio Delgado
New York Times, September 25, 2011

Be'chol Lashon Outreach Director, Lacey Schwarz, married Antonio Delgado on Saturday, September 24 in New York. The bride and bridegroom both received law degrees from Harvard, where they met.

Mazel Tov to Lacey and Antonio! We wish them a lifetime of health and happiness.


Lauren Bush Bush's granddaughter wed in rite conducted by Asian American rabbi
By JTA, September 7, 2011

Lauren Bush and David Lauren were married in a ceremony conducted by Angela Buchdahl, the senior cantor born in Korea to a Jewish father and a Buddhist mother. Buchdahl is the first Asian American to be ordained as a rabbi.

Key Minority in a Minority: Jews Attend Traditional Black Colleges
By Steve Lipman, The Jewish Exponent, August 31, 2011

"I was treated with respect by my classmates" at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, says Andre Key, a doctoral student in African-American Studies at Temple University who is black and Jewish.

Jewish Telegraph News Agency Genes Tell Tale of Jewish Ties to Africa
Gianna PalmerThe Jewish Daily Forward, August, 2, 2011

Now, a new scientific paper offers a genetic timeline that could support biblical tales. The paper builds on two studies published last summer that were the first to use genome-wide analyses to trace the history of the Jewish people through DNA.


Abayudaya UpdateRaising an Ethiopian Jewish Child in Georgia
By Melissa Fay Greene The Arty Semite, August 1, 2011

In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in November 2001, I pulled up to the gates of the compound of the Beta Israel people (disparagingly known as Falashas [strangers]), hoping to be admitted, along with my brand-new daughter, to Shabbat morning services.

Opening' of Cuba makes a Jewish Scrabble-lover feel more at home
By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times, September 5, 2011

He carries a dictionary under his arm and wears a very large Star of David around his neck. His name is Fidel Babani, but you can call him Senor Scrabble.

The new Jewess: A rising generation of actresses overturns old tropes
By Danielle Berrin,, August 10, 2011

The image of Jewish women in contemporary Hollywood has become far more complex. While the token Jewish characters depicted as neurotic, anxious and graceless still exist, now those characters — in particular, Jewish women — are being counterbalanced with a rising generation of Jewish actresses who defy the clichés.


Israel Flag Panama: More than just a canal
Daralyn DannsThe Jewish Chronicle, July 28, 2011

In the first half of the 20th century many Jews fleeing countries such as Syria settled in Panama. There is also an Ashkenazi community (Beth El Synagogue) founded in the 1940s by a group of families who left Europe before the Second World War.

Israel Flag The History and Disappearance of the Jewish Presence in Pakistan
By Shalva Weil, ISN, July 11, 2011

Pakistan was never traditionally anti-Semitic. In fact, it may come as a surprise that Pakistan hosted small, yet thriving, Jewish communities from the 19th century until the end of the 1960s.

Israel Flag Bilingual Hebrew-Hungarian school to open in Budapest
Ceboodle.Hu, July, 11 2011

A bilingual Hebrew-Hungarian school is planned to be opened in a central district in Budapest this September. The school occupying 3,500 square metres is expected to offer Jewish education at unmatched quality.


Israel Flag The lost Jewish music of Turkey, June, 9, 2011

The Ottoman Empire essentially gave birth to the Eastern Sephardic musical tradition — a richly seasoned stew of Iberian, Turkic, southern European, Mediterranean and Romani ingredients whose appeal extended beyond Europe to the New World.

Israel Flag Lost Music of Istanbul's Sephardic Jews
By Alexander Gefand, The Jewish Daily Forward, September 1, 20111

Given Istanbul’s historic importance as a center of Jewish life and culture — Sephardic Jews began settling there en masse during the Inquisition, I was struck by how little remained of its Jewish community, and by the lack of Jewish music in particular.

CaseAncient tones; Galeet Dardashti
By Jordan Levin, The Miami Herald, September 3, 2011

The strands of music and culture that come together in composer Galeet Dardashti’s new piece Monajat reach back almost 3,000 years. In an era when pop culture and mass media move at warp speed, Bernhardt believes artists can find inspiration in the kind of ancient traditions that moved Dardashti.


Camp Be'chol LashonBe’chol Lashon Family Camp
October 14 - 16, Walker Creek Ranch, Petaluma
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Be part of a vibrant growing global Jewish community. Celebrate Sukkot with family and friends at the Bay Area Bechol Lashon Retreat!

Abayudaya Update10Q: New Way to Reflect on the High Holidays

The time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is a traditional period of reflection and renewal. Participate in Reboot's Holiday initiative, here.


It's with our deepest regret and heavy heart that we inform you of the loss of Amina Rachman.

Amina was an active member of the Be'chol Lashon NY Group and an inspiration all who knew her. She was an extraordinary woman whose life included involvement with SNICK, a friendship with Malcolm X, and membership in the Nation of Islam in her early years, a career with the honorable David Dinkins as Educational Policy Advisor, a stint as Deputy Chancellor of the New York City Board of Education, and an eventual conversion to Judaism in her later years. May her memory be a blessing.

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Cantor Morton Kula, father of Rabbi Irwin Kula.

His wisdom, inspirational teaching of expressive prayer and love of life were a gift to every one he touched. May his memory be a blessing.

Mazel Tov to the Zarchi Family!

Mazel Tov to Sholom and Esther Leah Zarchi on the birth of the son. May his years be long, healthy and prosperous and may his parents be blessed with sleep and joy.

Be'chol Lashon New York GroupBe'chol Lashon/JBFCS NY Group for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Jews
Wednesday, October 5th, 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. 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.


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