On the recent North American tour for her book, Cool Jew: The Ultimate Guide for Every Member of the Tribe, author Lisa Alcalay Klug was inspired by Barack Obama, the first person of color elected president of the United States, to encourage cross-cultural dialogue about multiculturalism in this country.
To increase tolerance and understanding across communities, Lisa launched Tolerant Nation during the week of inauguration to feature guest bloggers, who, like her, are multicultural and/or are passionate about creating awareness of these issues. Lisa’s father is a German-Jewish Holocaust survivor from Poland and her mother is the descendant of a Ladino Jewish family from Israel and Central America that escaped the Spanish Inquisition. During her recent tour, Lisa was thrilled at the enthusiastic response to Cool Jew. But she was also dismayed by the ignorance and bigotry she sometimes encountered toward Jewish Americans.
Her initiative counts artists, activists, actors, stand-up comedians, entrepreneurs and clergy among its supporters. As part of its campaign, TolerantNation.wordpress.com, will giveaway books and other materials that promote cross-cultural dialogue.
To join the initiative, donate materials and guest blog, please contact tolerantnation (at) gmail (d0t) com for more information.