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About tolerantamerica

On her recent tour for her book, Cool Jew: The Ultimate Guide for Every Member of the Tribe, Lisa was inspired by the inauguration of Barack Obama, the first African-American elected president of the United States, to encourage cross-cultural dialogue about multiculturalism in America. To increase tolerance and understanding across communities, Lisa launched "A More Tolerant America" to feature guest bloggers, authors, activists, artists and other writers, who, like her, are multicultural. Klug's father is a German-Jewish Holocaust survivor from Poland and the descendant of a Spanish Jewish family that escaped the Spanish Inquisition. During her tour, Lisa encountered ignorance and bigotry toward Jewish Americans. As part of her campaign, this blog will giveaway books and other materials that promote cross-cultural dialogue.

Days of Awe

On the first day of Rosh HaShanah, the community known as Beit Midrash Ohr HaChaim in the Bay Area was treated to the following words written by Rabbi Chanan Feld, which his wife, Jody, read to the congregation because her … Continue reading

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Spiritual Tools

Becoming You By David Sacks On Rosh Hashana, we pledge not to remain a cheap imitation of our ‘old self. There is a fascinating dialectic contained within Rosh Hashana. On one hand, it’s the beginning of the new year. And … Continue reading

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Jewish Diversity Rocks

What do a rapper, a dancer, a comedian and a handful of Sefardic, Ashkenazi and Hasidic performers have in common? They’re all sharing the stage this Sunday in a show that celebrates Jewish diversity. After an amazing year of events … Continue reading

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Rebuilding and Being Built

Soul Journey By Neshama Carlebach From the moment I was old enough to know I was alive, I knew I wanted to perform. I trained as a singer and actor from when I was five years old, and began singing … Continue reading

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Step Aside Marvel Comics

These heroes don’t wear tights or capes. They hardly need leotards to reveal how super they really are. If you somehow haven’t yet heard, Rabbi Yonah Bookstein is a Jewish Community Hero. And by association–as well as kedushin, children and … Continue reading

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When Fashion Meets Frumkeit

What to Wear By Mayim Bialik Earlier this year, producers from the TLC make-over show What Not to Wear chose me to “fix.” It was eight months after I had given birth to my second son (my first was three … Continue reading

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Belonging Everywhere

Classically trained dancer Adam McKinney is an African American, Native American, Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jew. Reared in the Midwest, Adam did not often see Jews represented in books, newspapers, or films who looked like him. It was only during his … Continue reading

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