Be'chol Lashon Newsletter: October 2011

Outside the Box Help Lacey finish her gutsy film, Outside the Box!

Be'chol Lashon is matching all donations, dollar for dollar, to help complete this film which explores the collision of identity at the intersection of race, religion, class, gender and family secrets. For information and to donate click HERE.

Outside the Box tells Lacey Schwartz's story of growing up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household with loving parents and a strong sense of Jewish identity – despite open questioning from those around her about how a white girl could have such dark skin.

Outside the Box Be’chol Lashon in Slingshot!

Be'chol Lashon is delighted that we have been selected by Slingshot for the third time as one of the top 50 most inspiring and innovative organizations for 2011/2012. Evaluators noted that Be'chol Lashon has been able to "shift the conversation about 'who is a Jew' to include the diversity of the Jewish experience."

Rabbi SizomuRabbi Gershom Sizomu and the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda
November 4-20, Orange County, Park City, Chicago and Cleveland

Be’chol Lashon is delighted to bring Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, the leader of the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda, back to the United States for a Fall 2011 speaking tour, visiting Orange County, Park City, Chicago and Cleveland. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about him, the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda, and about global Jewry in general.

Camp Be'chol LashonBe'chol Lashon, Keshet, and the LGBT Alliance at the GA
Guess Who's Coming to Federation: Modeling Inclusive Communities
November 7, Denver, CO

Embracing inclusiveness is a key factor in our effectiveness in attracting the next generation of jewish leaders. This year at Federation we’ll hear directly from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, and racially and ethnically diverse Jews about how Federations programs, policies and outreach strategies speak—or don’t speak—to them.

KahnBe'chol Lashon Camp Director Featured in Jweekly!
Field of dreams: Kenny Kahn finds his passion coaching high school football
Jweekly, October 20, 2011

Kenny Kahn can claim a one-of-a-kind profile in Bay Area high-school football. He grew up in Richmond, the son of a Jewish mother and black father, played football at El Cerrito High, studied poetry in college and returned to coach his old team. Kenny is also the Camp Be'chol Lashon co-director and will be returning to camp in 2012.

unity Jews Aren't Just White, October 11, 2011

Black Jewish hip-hop artist Y-Love released his latest single, "This Is Unity," and teamed up with Be'chol Lashon to make a music video that highlights the changes in Jewish population. Click here to get your FREE DVD!


Malria scientist Malaria scientist celebrates success after 24 years
By Kelly Kelland, Reuters, October 18, 2011

Final stage clinical trial data on RTS,S, also known as Mosquirix, showed it halved the risk of African children getting malaria, making it likely to become the world's first successful vaccine against the deadly disease.

Jobs Steve Jobs: adopted child who never met his biological father
By Telegraph Staff, Telegraph, October 6, 2011

His biological parents met as 23-year-old students at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. They were unmarried when his biological mother, Joanne Schieble, fell pregnant in 1954.

Strangers In Strangers' Glances at Family, Tensions Linger
Susan Saulny, The New York Times, October, 12, 2011

The Greenwood family tree, emblematic of a growing number of American bloodlines, has roots on many continents. Its mix of races — by marriage, adoption and other close relationships — can be challenging to track...


McCarneyYesterday Paul McCartney went to shul
By Simon Rocker, The, October 11, 2011

Sunday Sir Paul McCartney married his American Jewish fiancée Nancy Shevell in a civil ceremony in London. But the day before, he came to shul with her

Freud Uncertain Jew
By André Aciman, The Tablet, September 26, 2011

What was really threatening about such Jews was that they were also the very first to have accessed pan-European culture. In fact, they didn't just tap into such a culture; they built it.

Aid Left Behind: Why We Need Truly Global Jewish Leaders
By Naomi Sage, eJewish Philanthropy, October 9, 2011

We are a community that makes up 0.2 percent of the world population, whose members reside in over 90 countries, with new communities popping up in Asia and other parts of the world every year. Twenty-first century Jewish leadership requires a global outlook through a uniquely Jewish lens.

Recebba Walker How Anita Hill Woke a Generation of Feminists
By Rebecca Walker, The Root, October 15, 2011

What was really threatening about such Jews was that they were also the very first to have accessed pan-European culture. In fact, they didn't just tap into such a culture; they built it.


Capers The Lemba of South Africa: A First Look
By Rabbi Capers Funnye, Associate Director of Be'chol Lashon, October, 2011

Be’chol Lashon congratulates the Lemba Cultural Association on their latest meeting, gathering leaders from around the globe. Be’chol Lashon Associate Director, Rabbi Capers Funnye, shares his experience in South Africa.

Foremothers Singing Songs of My Foremothers
By Suzanne Selengut, The Jerusalem Post, September 5, 2011

On a typical quiet morning in Mesillat Tzion, a small moshav near Jerusalem, Zippora Eliyahu is singing in her living room. Holding a well-worn book of piyutim (liturgical poetry), she sings a line in the Cochin regional language of Malayalam and stops to translate it to Hebrew

Israel Flag Jews far and wide
By Ronen Shnidmanr, The Jerusalem Post, October, 19 2011

While Jews finishreading the Torah in synagogues around the world on Simhat Torah, it is worth pointing out that while all Jews share the same written Torah, different communities possess a variety of religious customs that have been passed down orally through the generations.


Ellen Ellen DeGeneres Returning to ABC With Family Comedy
By Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, October 13, 20111

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the network has given a script order to Weitz & Wong, a comedy revolving around a mixed race Jewish-Chinese couple and their two children who try to create their own identity in the face of their extremely different extended families.

Idan RaichelIdan Raichel & India.Arie get down in O-town
By Leigh Cuen, Jweekly, October 17, 2011

Idan Raichel and Idia.Arie sang together in English, Hebrew, and songs with mixed lyrics from both languages. Raichel’s contributions proved him to be a talented lyricist in both languages.

Israel Flag Shabbat Meals: Tower of Babel Menu
By Ruth Abusch-Madger The Daily Jewish Forward, October 26, 2011

In the story of Noah, this week’s Torah part, the tale of the Tower of Babel is told in nine short lines, which provided the inspiration for my Friday night menu with dishes from around the globe.


Be'chol Lashon New York GroupBe'chol Lashon/JBFCS NY Group for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Jews
Wednesday, November 2nd, 7-9pm

Join a group of racially and ethnically diverse Jews to meet and discuss related topics.
This month: Wounded Healer Within- How do we transform our negative experiences into vehicles for growth, and social change? Moderated by: Gulienne Rollins with special presenter Akedah Fulcher. 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.

SionaIndian Jewish Congregation of USA
November 17th, 7pm
St. Peter's Church, Citicorp Building, NYC

Dr. Alan Roland, artist and friend of the Indian Jewish Community, is the playwright for "Flight of the Ibis", a wonderful interpretation of life in the 10th century Cordoba, Spain. Three protagonists pursue their spiritual visions through the Kabbalah and Sufism for an all-encompassing multi-faith society. There will also be a discussion afterward lead by an Imam, Rabbi, and Minister.


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

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