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Upcoming Be'chol Lashon Events

Sunday, July 19, 2020 - Sunday, August 2, 2020 Camp Be’chol Lashon
Walker Creek Ranch, Petaluma, CA
Camp Be’chol Lashon is the only summer camp focused on Jews as a multicultural people. While ALL children are invited to be part of a global Jewish community, Camp Be’chol Lashon provides ethnically and racially diverse Jews with an opportunity to see themselves as an integral part of the Jewish people.

Friday, July 31, 2020 - Saturday, August 1, 2020 Be’chol Lashon Family Camp
Walker Creek Ranch, Petaluma, CA
The Annual Bay Area Be’chol Lashon Family Camp Shabbaton Retreat has been held at Walker Creek Ranch in Petaluma, CA since 2004. It begins with Friday night Shabbat dinner and Saturday morning Shabbat services, followed by adult workshops and supervised activities for children.

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TODAY - Sunday, March 1, 2020 Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy
The Center for Jewish History, NYC, New York
Announcing Renowned Iraqi Artist Oded Halahmy’s “Hey, Light” Collection Now on Sale Online Exclusively at The ASF’s Sephardi Shop and Currently on view at the Yeshiva University Museum.

TODAY - Monday, March 2, 2020 23rd Edition of the NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival
Center for Jewish History, NYC, NY
Lights, Camera, Action! The NYSJFF showcases contemporary voices steeped in the history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities.

TODAY - Sunday, March 15, 2020 Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963–1983
de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
This internationally acclaimed exhibition, organized by Tate Modern, celebrates art made by Black artists during two pivotal decades when issues of race and identity dominated and defined both public and private discourse.

TODAY - Sunday, April 19, 2020 JEW. Photographs by John Offenbach
Jewish Museum London
JEW is a new exhibition at the Jewish Museum London by photographer John Offenbach exploring the nature of what it means to identify as Jewish today: from religious to secular, rich to homeless, criminal to lawful through 34 striking large-scale photographs.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 The Golden Arches in Black America
Jewish Community Center, San Francisco, CA
Hear the untold history of how fast food became one of the greatest generators of black wealth in America.

Thursday, February 27, 2020 Names and Identity: Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews in Israel with Tamar Zaken
The Jewish Community Library, San Francisco, CA
When immigrants from Arab and Muslim countries arrived in the young state of Israel, many of them had their names changed by government officials. Tamar Zaken will discuss the effects of name changes on Arab immigrants to young Israel and what it means for Israeli Arabs today.

Saturday, March 7, 2020 - Monday, March 9, 2020 About a Teacher
Century 20, Redwood City, CA
Inspired by filmmaker Hanan Harchol’s real-life experiences as a film teacher in an inner-city public high school, and featuring many of his former students, the intimate and inspiring About A Teacher follows a new and clueless teacher as he struggles to guide his students through class while he learns how to be an effective teacher in a system that doesn’t prepare or support its instructors.

Sunday, March 8, 2020 About a Teacher
3Below, San Jose, CA
Inspired by filmmaker Hanan Harchol’s real-life experiences as a film teacher in an inner-city public high school, and featuring many of his former students, the intimate and inspiring About A Teacher follows a new and clueless teacher as he struggles to guide his students through class while he learns how to be an effective teacher in a system that doesn’t prepare or support its instructors.

Sunday, March 8, 2020 JCC SF Purim
JCC San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Throw on your favorite costume and party with us at our Purim festival for the whole family. Munch on Hamantaschen cookies, create Purim-themed crafts like crowns and groggers (a traditional noisemaker), and more! Cosponsored by Be'chol Lashon.

Sunday, March 8, 2020 JCC Harlem Purim
JCC Harlem, New York, NY
Ready to dance, sing, and celebrate with your little ones? Join us and our friends at PJ Library for this neighborhood celebration! Come play in our costume pop-up corner, make your own mask and get your face painted. There will be fun crafts, a tzedakah (justice) project, games and more!

Thursday, March 12, 2020 Glimpses of Persian Jewish Life with Rabbi Tarlan Rabizadeh and Ron Lezell
Jewish Community Library, San Francisco, CA
This evening will feature two unique perspectives on the richness of Persian Jewish religious life. Rabbi Tarlan Rabizadeh will reflect on the religious life of Persian Jews and discuss the community’s distinctive practices, including a focus on Passover. Ron Lezell will present photographs, video footage, and stories from the three trips he has made to the Jewish communities in Iran since 2014.

Sunday, March 15, 2020 Passover around the World
Pico Union Project, Los Angeles, CA
This multimedia concert features Chad Gadya, Who Knows One, and other Passover songs in multiple languages, arranged in traditional and contemporary styles and performed by renowned musicians. Cosponsored by Be'chol Lashon.

Monday, March 23, 2020 - Sunday, March 29, 2020 The 2nd Jewish Africa Conference & Morocco Trip Extension!
The American Sephardi Federation & Association Mimouna invite you to experience Rabat, Casablanca, Essaouira, and Marrakech with scholars and communities members. Apply today! Application deadline January 24, 2020. Cosponsored by American Sephardi Federation & Association Mimouna.

Sunday, March 29, 2020 Jewish Silk Road Tours: Bukharian Community Tour in Rego Park
Bukharian Jewish Community Center, Queens, NY
Learn about the Jewish community that has lived along the Silk Road for over 2000 years. Look at periods of Jewish emigration from Central Asia, and visit the one and only Bukharian Jewish Museum to understand the essence of the Bukharian Jewish culture.

Past Events

Monday, February 24, 2020 A Conversation with Daniella Farah: Jews and Education in Iran under the Pahlavis
Wornick Jewish Day School, Foster City, CA
Daniella Farah, PhD candidate in Jewish History at Stanford University, specializes in the social and cultural histories of the Jews of the modern Middle East, with a specific focus on Iran and Turkey. In this talk Daniella will explore the topic of Jews and Education in Iran between the late 1940s and the late 1970s.

Sunday, February 23, 2020 Black Joy Parade 2020
14th and Alice, Oakland, CA
The 3rd annual Black Joy Parade is here! Join us for the largest free, family-friendly event of its kind in California. A parade and festival to celebrate the black experience past, present and future. We invite you to come be present, be creative, be open and be free.

Saturday, February 22, 2020 Saffron & Rosewater
University Synagogue, Los Angeles, CA
"Saffron & Rosewater" is a much lauded production of Jewish Women's Theatre in Los Angeles, featuring the funny, intimate, and poignant stories of Jewish Persian young women, as they came to the United States from Iran after the 1979 revolution.

Friday, February 14, 2020 Cocktails & Conversations
National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta, GA
Celebrate LOVE at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights on Friday, February 14th at Cocktails & Conversations! Unwind at The Center and enjoy an evening of Cocktails & Conversations. Explore The Center's signature exhibitions and galleries, while being entertained by live music, art activations, mini-tours, refreshments, and heavy hors d'oeuvres.

Thursday, February 13, 2020 Dancing Around Race: Interrogating Whiteness in Dance
The Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
Imagined as an open letter to the dance ecologies of the Bay Area, choreographers and performance artists present a series of performances in response to Casel’s yearlong community engagement residency. The cohort interrogated the dynamics of equity in performance, specifically how the structures and systems of dance presentation are affected by race.

Thursday, February 13, 2020 African Americans & The Vote: Film Screening & Exhibit Opening
San Francisco African American Historical & Cultural Society, San Francisco, CA
In honor of Black History Month 2020 the Society will be hosting a theme based film screening & art exhibit opening reception.

Saturday, February 8, 2020 From Baghdad to Mumbai
Community House, New York, NY
Join us for a participatory concert bringing together Indian and Middle Eastern musical traditions. We’ll lift our voices together with the incomparable Rabbi Haim Ovadiah and other master musicians. Through the power of artistry and community, we’ll conclude Shabbat Shirah with the transformative beauty of song.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 The Civil Rights Movement: Then and Now
John Jermain Memorial Library, Sag Harbor, NY
Reverend Walter Thompson will be here to speak about the Civil Rights Movement, in honor of Black History Month. Discover what it means to him, what he thinks has been accomplished, and what that looks like for our community in the 21st century.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 From Sinai to Ethiopia, and Back to Israel: The Halakhic and Conceptual World of Ethiopian Jewery
UC Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley, CA
In his talk, Prof. Rabbi Shalom delves into the history, customs, and law of the Beta Israel, codifying the ancient cultural heritage of Ethiopian Jewry and contrasting it with Orthodox rabbinic law. Navigating tensions between religion and culture, he offers suggestions for honoring Beta Israel tradition while fully participating in the greater Jewish community.