Jeremy Ben-Ami, CJM Docents, and more….

According to Wikipedia, Museum docents are “educators trained to further the public’s understanding of the cultural and historical collections of the institution.”  Last Sunday at the CJM, I met a kind enough docent who chatted with me re: Chinese Jews over an early dinner.   She is educated in her field, but semi-retired, with a lot of energy left!  I was able to pick her brains on the subject and received a few books to boot to further my own education!

Furthermore, yesterday at a World Affairs Council event, I got a strong dose of Israel from Jeremy Ben-Ami, author of A New Voice for Israel.  The conference room was packed and I stood for 3/4 of the event.  Jeremy gave a brief background on himself and his book and saved the bulk of the time for questions…and boy…were there a lot of questions!  Israel is such a “sensitive” and “touchy” topic I have realized…..I was able to get his autograph and shared with him my project to promote Chinese and Jewish relations.

Disclaimer:  allofasuddenpartJew is non-partisan, as of today.  I may or may not change my position depending on future learnings. Please also excuse any grammatical errors as English is not my first language and I cannot afford and editor. 🙂

Kosher Chinese, a great read!

Since I have publicly proclaimed myself a Judeophile on my Facebook page, my friends have been flooding me with Jewish related events.

Tonight I attended a book reading event with Michael Levy, author of Kosher Chinese, a witty and fun read about an American Jew’s experience with the Peace Corps in China (middle of nowhere, not coastal) at Books, Inc; a cute and cozy bookstore in the middle of San Francisco. [I know that was a really long run-on sentence, English is not my first language].

Here is a pic from the event.

Michael provided some damn funny commentary and of course, because he is a teacher, a quick quiz on China.  I think I got a few questions correct, am definitely not the expert on China.  Michael knows more about the Chinese than I do!  I find his perspective on China very refreshing and an interesting read and highly recommend it for those wanting to learn more about China.

So…What do you do when you are dating a Jew?

According to Vikki Weiss Goldman, a friend of mine, and her book What to do when you’re Dating a Jew, there are lots of things to remember.

“Learn everything you need to know about the holidays, traditions, beliefs, and culture of the Jew you love . . . and his or her family. From what to order in a Kosher deli to what to wear to a Purim party, this book answers all the questions.”

A great reference to those who like to date inside the tribe…I highly recommend this for general Jewish Education.