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Be'chol Lashon (which means In Every Tongue in Hebrew) grows and strengthens the Jewish people through ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity. We are committed to building a global Jewish people through more pluralistic and multicultural expressions of Judaism.
Vision: A Global Jewish People
Imagine a new global Judaism that transcends differences in geography, ethnicity, class, race, ritual practice, and beliefs. Discussions about "who-is-a-real-Jew" will be replaced with celebration of the rich, multi-dimensional character of the Jewish people.
Jews around the world face serious demographic challenges. Worldwide, the number of Jews is stagnant. Decimated by the Holocaust, Jews now comprise only 0.2% of the world's people. We believe the Jewish population, through pro-active efforts, could grow to 20 million by 2020, and 40 million by 2060.
We seek to overcome the significant organizational, cultural and ideological barriers to growth in the Jewish community. A more expansive Judaism is particularly engaging for younger and unaffiliated Jews who want Judaism to reflect the global community in which they live.
Be'chol Lashon (In Every Tongue) grows and strengthens the Jewish people through ethnic, cultural, and racial inclusiveness. We advocate for the diversity that has characterized the Jewish people throughout history, and through contemporary forces including intermarriage, conversion and adoption. We foster an expanding Jewish community that embraces its differences.
Be'chol Lashon Goals
We strive to:
- Build networks of global Jewish leaders
- Strengthen diverse Jewish communities around the world
- Educate Jews and the general public about Jewish diversity
- Increase the Jewish population by encouraging those who would like to be part of the Jewish people
Be'chol Lashon is a research and community building initiative of the Institute for Jewish & Community Research, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in San Francisco with staff, programs and community partners throughout the world. Be'chol Lashon serves as a central clearinghouse for ideas, programs, and organizational collaboration.
Diane Tobin, mother of an adopted African-American son, leads Be'chol Lashon's professional team of culturally sensitive, committed staff. Mrs. Tobin's leadership philosophy is to identify, recruit, and support a team of racially and ethnically diverse Jewish leaders from all over the world: the United States, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Be'chol Lashon engages the "best and brightest" as senior research associates, research fellows, scholars, philanthropists, and volunteers. Be'chol Lashon works with diverse Jewish leaders to help define and achieve their community goals. Be'chol Lashon provides fellowships to train rabbis, scholars and community leaders.
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