“There are Hispanic Jews? No way! I’ve never heard of any.” Wish I could send this article below to every Jew (especially Jewish New Yorkers) who has uttered that statement in my presence! Doesn’t anyone remember what the Spanish Inquisition was about? And don’t they know that “Don Francisco,” host of the beloved “Sabado Gigante”… Continue reading Noteworthy News: Yes, there ARE Hispanic Jews! In NY!
Sorry I didn’t post this sooner but you’ve only missed one class if you decide to make next one! Class: Crash Course in Reading Hebrew Date: Began Sunday, October 24, 2010 Time: 9:50am-11:20am Place: The Jewish Learning Exchange, 512 N. La Brea, Los Angeles, CA 90036 Call: 323-857-0923 Email: info AT jlela.com Website: http://www.jlela.com Co-Sponsored… Continue reading Class: Crash Course in Reading Hebrew-Los Angeles
Some great quotes: “And from there the Lord scattered them over the face of the entire Earth.” (Gen. 11:8). What was the sin of the Tower of Babel, and why was it necessary to scatter them and create many languages? Are not geographical distance and the differences of language and culture the primary bases of… Continue reading How Jewish Unity that is really Uniformity Becomes an Evil
Actor Hank Azaria was born to Ladino-speaking Sephardic Jews parents. Wonder if his Ladino is as bad as my Spanish? Earlier this Winter/Spring, I almost signed up for a Ladino class at the JCC Manhattan (groovy new site!). My sister, though, stepped in and said that I did not have THAT kind of money to… Continue reading Lonely in Ladino
Event: Festival Djudeo-Espanyol 2010: Celebrating the Crypto-Jewish Legacy of New MexicoDate: Friday=Saturday, March 19-20, 2010 Place: Congregation Nahalat Shalom, 3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM Admission: Donations accepted at the door Details: Friday, March 19th, 2010/7-8pmSEPHARDIC SERVICE led by Stephanie Shefia Cohen with Rabino Stephen Leon and RabinaDeborah Brin, and a 17th century Converso… Continue reading Cool Jewish Events: Festival Djudeo-Espanyol 2010
Black and Jewish: African American Jewish Identities in the Early Twenty-First Century Dr. Jamie Wilson is partnering with Be’chol Lashon on his upcoming book, Black and Jewish: African American Jewish Identities in the Early Twenty-First Century. It will be a collection of autobiographical narratives that expands the definition of what it means to be Jewish… Continue reading Black and Jewish: African American Jewish Identities in the Early Twenty-First Century
Dear Aliza: Is it proper to say “I am a Ashkenazi Jew” or “I am a Sephardic Jew”, the truth is you are a Jew, just a Jew? Ashkenazim and Sephardim are practices of culture, so no one is Ashkenazi or Sephardic. They just have the customs of those particular cultures. If an “Ashkenazi” Jew… Continue reading Dear Aliza: Ashkenazi Jew or Sephardic Jew or Just Jewish?
So, a while back I was complaining that I didn’t have enough Latino friends who I could talk to in Spanish. For the first time in my life, I have more white friends (Jewish and non-Spanish speakers) than Latino friends and while that’s cool and all, I’d really like to have people who relate to… Continue reading Praying in Spanish?
Reminiscing briefly about my time in Israel during the conversion process….
My grandmothers were immigrants to this country. They brought my parents here as children. Funny enough, my parents were from the same city in the Dominican Republic but they didn’t meet until they were in high school together in Washington Heights. I didn’t get to spend too much time with my father’s mother but my… Continue reading Anti-Immigration=Anti-America