Fwd: This Friday Night: "Going Out, Coming Out" & save the date for a scholar in residence Shabbat!
Save the Date:
Netivot Shalom Scholar in Residence Shabbat with Rabbi Aaron Alexander!
more info soon!
Rabbi Aaron Alexander is Associate Dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University in Los Angeles where he teaches rabbinic literature and Jewish law. He currently serves on the Committee for Jewish and Standards of the Conservative Movement and is a Rabbinic Leader in the American Social Justice Movement.
This Friday night at 7pm we're having some special services: "Going Out, Coming Out." In honor of Coming Out Day the Young Adults Committee is hosting Shabbat evening services and dinner celebrating our LGBT community and fantastic allies!
The parsha, Lech Lecha, tells of Abram's (Abraham) story of transformation, and Sarai (Sarah) passing as something she is not. All are welcome to join us and declare their true selves in celebration. Rabbi Mike Rothbaum and Rabbi Pam Frydman will lead services.
It brings us such great joy to host events and dinners for you!
Unfortunately, our pocketbook doesn't like it as much.
I had a beautiful day today. I stood with my sister, a passionate rabbi serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. We remembered our grandfather of blessed memory, who fought for America and shared hard-earned wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
The quotes and certain retellings of history would have me believe that we fought for pure purposes: we fought for religious freedom, we fought to end slavery, we fought for freedom for all humanity, we fought to end tyranny. But it's also true that we fought (and fight) for economic interests. It&…