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Blending of cultures at Sukkot camp

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Be’chol Lashon, the multicultural nonprofit aimed at strengthening and celebrating the multicultural nature of the Jewish people, will hold its annual “Sukkot Under the Stars” retreat and family camp from Oct. 5-7 at Walker Creek Ranch in Petaluma.

The weekend features a lot of educational activities for kids, teens and adults in addition to swimming, arts and crafts, canoeing and special guests selected to represent the ethnic diversity of the Jewish community.

One of those will be Bombay-born and New York-based Jewish artist Siona Benjamin, who will talk about the Jews of India and Indian-Jewish identity in relation to her art. Benjamin, whose intricate female-based paintings provoke conversations about stereotyping and religious intolerance, will also lead an arts workshop in the sukkah.

There also will be a workshop on how to make shadow puppets, and one called “Tell Your Own Story” that will coach people on how to write their personal histories. Kenny Kahn, the varsity football coach at El Cerrito High, is the sports leader.

Kids will have the opportunity to build an edible sukkah. The schedule also includes music and dance, sports and  interactive games.

Costs for two nights of lodging and six meals range from $89 for kids to $297 for adults in semi-private rooms; shared bunk options are available. For more information or to register, call (415) 386-2604 or visit


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