Be'chol Lashon Newsletter: April 2011
BE'CHOL LASHON UPDATES

Jewish Like MeJewish Like Me
By Suzanne Selengut, The Jerusalem Report, March 30, 2011

Young African American Jews, like Rison, are on the forefront of an identity revolution. “American Jew” used to be synonymous with Ashkenazi food, music and religious practice, but those markers of identity are on their way out.

Rabbi Gershom SizomuJoin Rabbi Gershom Sizomu's Spring Tour 2011

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

Rabbi Eve Ben-OraCounting the Omer - 2011 with Rabbi Eve Ben-Ora

Counting of the Omer or Siferat Ha’omer is a verbal counting of each of the fourty-nine days between Passover and Shavout. The idea of counting each day represents the spiritual preperation for the giving of the Torah. Watch online.

Angela BuchdahlAngela Buchdahl - 50 Most Influential Rabbis in America
By Abigail Pogrebin, The Daily Beast | Newsweek, April 16, 2011

The crowds of 600-plus at Central Synagogue’s Friday night services in Manhattan are credited in some measure to the voice and presence of its cantor of five years, Angela Buchdahl, who is also an ordained rabbi.

NEWS

Multiracial Population of Youths Census Data Presents Rise in Multiracial Population of Youths
By Susan Saulny, New York Times, March 24, 2011

Among American children, the multiracial population has increased almost 50 percent, to 4.2 million, since 2000, making it the fastest growing youth group in the country. The number of people of all ages who identified themselves as both white and black soared by 134 percent since 2000 to 1.8 million people.

Phoebe Snow Phoebe Snow, 'Poetry Man' singer, dies at 60
By Nekesa Mumbi Moody, SF Gate, April 26, 2011

Snow was born Phoebe Ann Laub to white Jewish parents in New York City in 1950, and raised in Teaneck, N.J. Though many assumed she was black, Snow never claimed African-American ancestry.

Asian-Jewish Connection Parenting’s Asian-Jewish Connection
By Kathy Seal, Miller-McCune, April 8, 2011

The hubbub over the Tiger Mom model presented in a recent best-seller left some recalling the stereotype of the Jewish mother. But what happens when couples are Asian and Jewish?

IDENTITY

Black, Gay, And Jewish Black, Gay, And Jewish: Passover Lamb And Sweeping Statements
By Erika Davis, Jewcy, April 15, 2011

My culture is black and queer while my religion is Jewish. This is not to say that they cannot coexist. To some Jews that I meet whose culture differs from my own, it becomes an issue of I’m wrong and they are right.

Judaic Studies Career in China Mapping My Judaic Studies Career in China: An Academic Confession
By Lihong Song, Asian Jewish Life, The Blog, March 9, 2011

How did I start my interest in Jewish subjects and eventually become a Jewish studies scholar in China? As you can imagine, I have been asked this question countless times. It always evokes a sense of hesitation-even an anxiety- in me.

AmeenahAmeenah K.
By Seth Menachem, Jewish Journal, March 22, 2011

I met Ameenah when I was in sixth or seventh grade at “Jew camp.” She stuck out like a sore thumb ... because she’s so funny. Oh, and she’s black. And there weren’t many black Jews at Jew camp.


COMMUNITIES AROUND THE WORLD

oldest synagogue in the new world is in Brazil The oldest synagogue in the new world is in Brazil
By Seth Menachem, Vanguardia.com.mx | Helmut Reuter / DPA , April 22, 2011

Recife, Brazil .- Brazil is a country that is currently open to all religions. And it does not hurt that the oldest synagogue in the Americas is located right on the Rua do Bom Jesus ", the" Street of the Good Jesus."

Ilan Stavans: Pesaj en Mexico Ilan Stavans: Pesaj en Mexico, a Look Back
By Ilan Stavans, Fox News Latino, April 19, 2011

Passover in Distrito Federal was an opportunity for us to insert our Jewish identity in the larger national and global sphere. The gathering place for El seder—the Seder, in our Yiddish-Spanish jargon—was always the house of one of our abuelas.

Chabad of Beijing Opens Jewish Museum Chabad of Beijing Opens Jewish Museum
By Mendy Rimler, Chabad Lubavitch | lubavitch.com, March 27, 2011

Elijah’s chair—now 70 years old—that sits on display in the Sino Judaic museum housed in the Bet Yaakov Chabad House and Community Center in Beijing, China used to belong to the ancient synagogue in Tianjin.

ARTS AND CULTURE

Yemen Blues at Le Poisson RougeYemen Blues at Le Poisson Rouge
By Michal Shapiro, HuffingtonPost.com ,April 1, 2011

There's been quite a frisson running through the world music community about this band from Israel. And I have to call it a BIG band, since it comprises viola, cello, flute, trumpet and trombone along with two percussionists, voice and bass.

Sephardim Strike Back! Sephardim Strike Back!
By Reyna Simnegar, The Jewish Daily Forward, March 14, 2011

A book excerpt from Persian Food from the Non-persian Bride: And Other Sephardic Kosher Recipes You Will Love. Sephardic Jews are really something to ponder. According to Rabbi Chaim Amsellem, “The Sephardic way is a paradox: to keep tradition but to stay open.

 

Yasmin LevyAche and Anger, Desire and Tenacity
By Jon Pareles, New York Times, March 16, 2011

The Israeli singer Yasmin Levy has devoted herself to preserving Sephardic songs in the Judeo-Spanish language Ladino. For Ms. Levy, preserving doesn’t rule out updating and personalizing the music or adding ideas from outside the tradition.

WEST COAST EVENTS

Y-Love's album "See Me"Album Premiere: Y-Love's album "See Me"
Saturday May 14,
1625 Post, Kabuki Sakura Lounge, San Francisco, CA


Album Premiere: Please come join Be'chol Lason & Shemspeed for the world premier of rapper Y-Love's newest hit single "This is Unity"

Camp Be'chol LashonIsrael in the Gardens
June 5, 2011, Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
Free!

Visit the Be'chol Lashon Kids Zone for interactive performances, including West African drumming and dancing, plus arts and crafts for the entire family.

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.

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

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

EAST COAST EVENTS

Abayudaya Jews of Uganda, featuring Rabbi Gershom SizomuRabbi Gershom Sizomu Spring Tour 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 8:15 P.M. @ 92Y


Learn about the history of this unique Jewish community, its daily challenges and its relationships with its Muslim and Christian neighbors. Check out the Speaking tour here.

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

"Transracial Adoptions In Judaism" RSVP required. Co-sponsored by Be'chol Lashon and JBFCS.

Yom Ha'Atzmaut
Monday, May 9
Dor Chadash, NYC

Save the Date. Honor, Remember, Celebrate with more than 100 leading Jewish Organizations. Co-sponsored by Be'chol Lashon.

Lag B'Omer - Indian Jews Congregation of USALag B'Omer - Indian Jews Congregation of USA (Learn-in and Breakfast)
Sunday May 22, 10:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
Rego Park Jewish Center

Lag B'Omer Learn-In & Breakfast to be empowered to reconnect with Indian Jewish Identity. There will be stimulating topics by Rabbi Romiel Daniel, Rabbi Samuel Waidenbaum, Mark Hochbeg.

SOUTHWEST EVENTS

Abayudaya UpdateBnai Anusim to Israel

Join Rabbi Stephen Leon for the August Anusim Conference and Israel tour in August. Bnai Anusim to Israel will be in Spain the exact day our ancestors were expelled from Spain.


GET INVOLVED & TRAVEL

Abayudaya UpdateAardvark 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

Be'chol Lashon advocates for a global understanding of the Jewish people that reflects contemporary identity. Get the word out there! Support diversity by putting a banner on your website and connect with Jews around world by joining the new Be'chol Lashon social network!


THANK YOU

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