Israel's Jewish Agency last month recognized the Abayudaya as Jews, meaning that they are allowed to emigrate to Israel. Since the 1980s more than 90,000 Ethiopian Jews did so after Israel's rabbis accepted them into the fold.
It includes a vibrant array of details of Jewish life through the ages: the henna worn by a Jewish bride in Thane, India; what the ancient Temple in Jerusalem looked like; a metallic blue "Hanukkah bush." Finding Commonground in Interfaith Marriage: "The American Jewish community sees this as a public concern for Jews at large," said Helen Kim, an associate professor of sociology at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash. Kim is a second-generation Korean-American who was raised without religion and adopted Judaism after marrying Noah Leavitt, an associate dean at Whitman.
The couple recently wrote a book, "Jew Asian: Race, Religion, and Identity for America's Newest Jews.
" That's the thinking behind this Haggadah insert and set of trivia cards from the nonprofits Repair the World and Be'chol Lashon, which help connect Jews with volunteer work and promote awareness of Jewish diversity, respectively.
A quarter of Bay Area Jews overall live with someone who isn't white, and one in 10 with someone who is gay, lesbian or bisexual.
If ever there was an example of the power of water to cleanse, purify, sanctify and heal, this unique Jewish community, living side-by-side its Christian and Muslim neighbors, all sharing from the same fountain of life, is that example.