A continuously updated list of in-person and online events celebrating Jewish diversity

Online Events

During COVID-19, join us for livestreamed events on Facebook, or watch archived videos of the events below.

Friday, January 15, 2021 #WhyIPause with Robin Washington: Honoring MLK’s Legacy
On this special Shabbat, the Friday before we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and impact on social justice, we’re joined by a leader in the Jewish Community, Robin Washington, in partnership with Be'chol Lashon.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - Saturday, January 16, 2021 9th Annual Schomburg Center Black Comic Book Festival
Each year, the Schomburg Center’s Black Comic Book Festival brings creators, illustrators, writers, and independent publishers together with thousands of collectors, blerds, and nerds for two days of programming and activities. The highly-anticipated community event includes interactive panel discussions, a vendor marketplace featuring exclusive titles by Black creators, a cosplay show, and more.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 Creativity in an Uncertain Time: Outliers in the Picture II
Artists Siona Benjamin and Julian Voloj offer insight into their creative processes and share the impact of the current social order on the psychological and spiritual content of their work.

Friday, November 13, 2020 Ethiopian Kabbalat Shabbat in Honor of Sigd
Join us for a special Ethiopian Kabbalat Shabbat service with music, prayer and storytelling. Cosponsored by PJ Library.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 The Jewish Community and Race: Contemplating the Future: Challenges and Opportunities
Be'chol Lashon's Marcella White Campbell and Shekhiynah Larks, and Moishe House Chief Program Office Tiffany Harris will speak with Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback on restoring the historic relationships between the Black, Jewish, and Black Jewish communities on new terms. Part three of a three-part webinar series on Judaism and race.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 The Jewish Community and Race: Perspectives on the Present
Journalist LZ Granderson and Ginna Green of Bend the Arc will discuss Black Lives Matter, antisemitism, and white Jewish racism with AJC Los Angeles Regional Director Rick Hirschhaut. Part two of a three-part webinar series on Judaism and race.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 Letters from Cuba: Author Ruth Behar in Conversation with Julian Voloj
Behar will discuss her latest book, the "inspiring story of a young Jewish girl who escapes Poland to make a new life in Cuba, while she works to rescue the rest of her family." Cosponsored by PJ Library.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 The Jewish Community and Race: Lessons and Legacies from the Past
Robin Washington and Marc Dollinger will discuss the history of Judaism and race relations with moderator Saba Soomekh. Part one of a three-part webinar series on Judaism and race.

Friday, September 25, 2020 Meditations on Forgiveness with Be’chol Lashon
Join Victoria Washington and Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder as they reflect on forgiveness as it relates to race and politics as well our personal lives. Then, use your Shabbat ritual as a moment to reflect on what forgiveness means to you.

Friday, September 18, 2020 Sins, Stars and Shofars! A JewBelong Virtual Rosh Hashanah Experience
Join some of the most influential figures in entertainment, politics, and activism, for a service of learning, community, meaning, music, and can’t miss stories. Benefitting Be'chol Lashon.

Saturday, September 12, 2020 Community-wide Selichot: Charting a new course For a new year In a new world
Join Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder and Marcella White Campbell of Be'chol Lashon for an illuminating panel discussion with Rabbi Jonah Pesner of the RCA, on bringing spiritual and social justice into the new year.

Friday, September 11, 2020 Hispanic Heritage Month Kabbalat Shabbat
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with a special Hispanic Heritage Kabbalat Shabbat led by Be’chol Lashon’s Latin America Director, Rabbi Juan Mejía.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 Learn to Make Moroccan Fish with Daniella Bensimon
Moroccan Fish for Rosh Hashanah? Yes please! Join us Tuesday September 8, 2020 at 4PM PT / 7PM ET on Facebook Live as award winning Bay Area chef, Daniella Bensimon, teaches us how to make one of her favorite Rosh Hashanah dishes.

Friday, August 28, 2020 Ladino Kabbalat Shabbat
Rabbi Nissim Elnecavé will lead a Sephardic-style service, with musical selections from singer Sarah Aroeste and historical context provided by Prof. Devin E. Naar of the University of Washington.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Diversity & Jewish Values: What Does it Mean Today?
Shekhiynah Larks and Marc Dollinger in Conversation: Can Proposition 16 restore equal opportunity for all? Be’chol Lashon’s program coordinator Shekhiynah Larks brings her personal and diversity-training experience into conversation with historian and SFSU Jewish Studies professor Marc Dollinger. Cosponsored by Be'chol Lashon, JCRC Silicon Valley.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin
A conversation between the artist Siona Benjamin, an Indian-American Jewish artist originally from Mumbai now residing in the United States, and art historian Ori Soltes. Cosponsored by Be'chol Lashon and Jewish Studies at Fordham.

Thursday, August 6, 2020 400 Miles to Freedom: A Perilous Journey from Ethiopia to Israel
A conversation between filmmaker Avishai Mekonen, historian Steven B. Kaplan, and ethnomusicologist Kay Shelemay. Cosponsored by Fordham University and Be'chol Lashon.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 Radical Possibility: Reimagining Our Commitment to Racial Justice
Be'chol Lashon's Lindsey Newman in conversation with Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, starting at 8:00PM ET / 5:00PM PT.

Friday, July 31, 2020 Multicultural Kabbalat Shabbat for Families
Join us for a fun Kabbalat Shabbat service led by Rabbi Issama Goldstein-Stoll, singer Lior Ben-Hur, and Camp Be’chol Lashon counselors. Cosponsored by Keshet.

Sunday, July 26, 2020 - Friday, July 31, 2020 Camp Be’chol Lashon Online
We’re bringing the fun of camp right to you, along with innovative new activities that take advantage of everything technology has to offer.

Thursday, July 9, 2020 Instagram Live Conversation with Isha Clarke
Diller Award recipient Isha Clarke in conversation with Be'chol Lashon's Shekhiynah Larks on racial, environmental, and social justice. Join us at 3:00PM PT / 6:00PM ET on our Instagram account (@globaljews).

Friday, June 19, 2020 Juneteenth Kabbalat Shabbat
Join Rabbis Sandra Lawson and Isaama Goldstein-Stoll for a special Kabbalat Shabbat service to mark Juneteenth. Cosponsored by Keshet, National Council of Jewish Women, and CLAL.

Friday, June 12, 2020 The Ongoing Struggle for Racial Justice in California
AJC San Francisco and AJC Los Angeles invite you to a special briefing on racial justice in California with State Assembly members. Cosponsored by The African Middle Eastern Leadership Project - AMEL, Asian Pacific Islander Council, Be'chol Lashon, Faith And Community Empowerment formerly KCCD, JCRC of San Francisco, Jewish Public Affairs Committee of California (JPAC), Be'chol Lashon, & Latino Community Foundation.

Thursday, June 11, 2020 Multiracial Processing Space for LGBTQ Jewish Teens
Join LGBTQ Jewish teens in grades 8-12 from around North America as we process the events of the last few weeks. This program will be facilitated by Rabbi Becky Silverstein. Advance registration is required. Cosponsored by Hillel International, BBYO, USY Be'chol Lashon, and NFTY..

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 Gathering of Jewish QTPOC Teens and College Students
Join LGBTQ Jewish teens and college students who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color as we process the events of the last few weeks. This is a space exclusively for LGBTQ Jews of color in high school until age 22. Advance registration is required. Cosponsored by Hillel International, BBYO, USY, Be'chol Lashon, and NFTY..

Monday, June 8, 2020 Talking About Race with Our Jewish Kids
Don't miss Kveller's Facebook live panel featuring Be'chol Lashon's own Marcella White-Campbell where She'll be on about how to talk to our Jewish kids about race. Cosponsored by Be'chol Lashon.

Friday, June 5, 2020 OneTable Live Sobremesa de Shabbat: A Night of Alfajores + Conversation
Share your stories and experiences while bringing in Shabbat with Latin American flavor. Jessy Cohen and Martina Bialek are teaching us how to make Alfajores — delicious Argentinian dulce de leche cookies. While we give the dough some time to rise we'll chat about being Latinx and Jewish.

Thursday, May 28, 2020 Shavuot Torah Study with Michael Twitty
Keynote Speaker and member of Be'chol Lashon's Speaker's Bureau Michael Twitty will begin at 7PM EST. Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder, Be'chol Lashon's Director of Education, will lead a parenting workshop at 9PM EST.

Thursday, May 28, 2020 Days of Gratitude – Day 8
Be'chol Lashon has partnered with Days of Gratitude to help us lift up our blessings and build our resilience in the face of the pandemic, and the darkness, separation, and serious challenges it continues to pose.

Thursday, May 21, 2020 The Great Big Jewish Food Fest with Be’chol Lashon’s Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder
The Great Big Jewish Food Fest seeks to celebrate the diversity of Jewish food, from its rich global history, its diversity of flavors and identities, its religious and cultural foundations, and its intersection with modernity.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 Author A.J. Sidransky in Conversation with Julian Voloj
A.J. Sidransky will discuss his new novel The Interpreter, the first installment of his new “Justice” series. Cosponsored by Be'chol Lashon, The Society for the Advancement of Judaism, Jewish Art Salon, and Grace Congregational Church.

Friday, May 1, 2020 Xenotheque 2020
A multilingual, virtual celebration of language, community, and poetry. Cosponsored by Be'chol Lashon, Bowery Poetry Club, Rattapallax.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 Conversation with Kendell Pinkney of “Saturday Night Seder”
Kendell Pinkney grew up in a black megachurch in Texas. Now he is studying to be a rabbi.

Sunday, April 12, 2020 Conversation with Ghila Sanders
Ancient traditions and foods animate Passover Seder for Italian Jews.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 Sing-A-Long with Rabbi Gershom Sizomu
Learn to sing "Hinei Ma Tov" in Luganda with Rabbi Gershom Sizomu and his family.

Sunday, March 15, 2020 “Jews in the Digital Shtetl” with Rabbi Juan Mejía
Join Rabbi Juan Mejía in a conversation with Dan Libenson of Judaism Unbound, as they discuss the changing nature of the "Who Is a Jew?" debate, and even the "What is Judaism?" debate in this new digital age. Cosponsored by Be'chol Lashon.

Past Events

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.

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 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.

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.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 Harlem Megillah Reading + Purim Party!
JCC Harlem, New York, NY
This Harlem Purim party has everything: the whole megillah, a theatrical shpiel written and performed by your neighbors, serious hamentaschen, probably some old school Mary J. Blige*, opportunities to contribute charitably in the spirit of the holy occasion, and—of course—food and libations. Come in costume.

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!

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.

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.