Bay Area Masorti has made significant steps this year, expanding our network to USCJ-affiliated shuls accross the Bay Area, bringing in scholars like Dr. David Breakstone, vice-chair of the World Zionist Organization, convening Conservative/Masorti rabbis for networking meetings, supporting Masorti committees and adult education in shuls, cosponsoring events like the Women of the Wall lecture with Dr. Nitzhia Shaked in Oakland, and more! Our email list and Facebook groups are reaching more and more people, and we're proud of all we've accomplished during the past year. (To join the Bay Area Masorti email list, send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org!)
We will be thrilled to help you form a Bay Area Masorti Chapter or an Israel Committee, or to help your Israel Committee bring a Masorti perspective to its work. Please contact Bay Area Masorti Visiting Scholar Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch at email@example.com to invite our involvement in these exciting initiatives.
This year has been one of difficulty for Israel internationally, for Israel internally, and for many of us globally. Through the passion and determination of Rabbi Novis-Deutch, we are blessed to see our network flourish with the limited means at our disposal. We are determined to generate support for and increased awareness of the Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel, led by David Lissy and the Masorti Movement led by Yizhar Hess (both Bay Area Masorti Board members).
I'm writing to ask your help because it is necessary, especially this year - especially right now. We can only continue our efforts with your continued support.
I'm asking you to reread our commitments (tiny.cc/bamasorti) and to make an end-of-the-year Channukah gift to Bay Area Masorti.
To support Bay Area Masorti,send a check to CNS / 1316 University Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94702. Checks should be made out to "Rabbi's Discretionary Fund" with "Bay Area Masorti" in the memo line. All gifts are tax-deductible nand very appreciated. Your gift is the only way we can accomplish our goals!
Chag Channukah Sameach!
Rabbi Menachem Creditor, Chair
Bay Area Masorti
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(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditorfor Landingham & Kaepernick, our angels in the wings
Sometimes, it isn't about nuance. Sometimes it just comes down to facing the storm, calling God out, standing at the center of a whirlwind holding your ground.
No cathedral is immune to agony, no soul impervious to life itself
no nation purely noble. If it were any other way, there would be no need for cathedrals in the first place.
To kneel is to submit
to lower oneself
to step down
To kneel is to call attention
to touch the Earth's face
to listen to those
whose blood saturates
the very roots of our story.
To kneel is to step aside
to step outside
to invite others to come closer
To kneel is not to stand
not to stand
not to stand idly by. Speak your truth, God damn it.