Jewish&

Jewish& is a blog by Be’chol Lashon, which gives voice to the racial, ethnic and cultural diversity of Jewish identity and experience. The original multicultural people, Jews have lived around the world for millennia. Today, with globalism and inclusion so key in making choices about engaging in Jewish life,Jewish& provides a forum for personal reflection, discussion, and debate.

Drake & YOUR Multicultural Bar or Bat Mitzvah

Drake’s recent SNL skit (see below), perhaps unwittingly but then again perhaps not, highlighted how a bar or bat mitzvah ...

Challah with a Chinese Twist

There’s a not-so-funny joke that goes, “A man walks into a Chinese restaurant and says to the waiter, ‘Excuse me ...

African American Jews on the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Across the country next week, Americans of all faiths and ethnicities will remember and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin ...

A Remarkable Journey from Ethiopia to Israel to Petaluma, CA

Israeli Maor Sanbata came to the United States this past summer to be a counselor at Camp Be’chol Lashon. Born ...

Becoming a Jewish Ethiopian American Family

It is an incredible responsibility to raise a child. In choosing foreign adoption, we have become parents to a beautiful ...

What Do You Call a Questioning Convert? Rabbi.

“Why did you convert?” I have been asked this question many times before, sometimes out of deep interest and sometimes ...

The Poetry of Jewish Black Identity

I became Bar Mitzvah on April 20th, 2002, the 130th anniversary of Hitler’s birth. My dad’s side of the family ...

From Hail Mary to Hail Miriam

At 6’2”, 210-pound Avi Rosenblum has tattoos that reflect his religious faith and cultural heritage. He stands out. Some might ...

“Kosher Soul” Shabbat

If you could only cook three dishes for Shabbat dinner what would they be?This was the question we posed to ...

The Sultan’s Curse

Iris Aluf Medina was born and raised in Turkey and now lives in San Francisco. We met up with this ...