I pray you and those you love have experienced the glow of the Channukiot as a gift of warmth and freedom. The last Channukah candle will be lit tonight, but we know that there's so much more light to share. As a Jewish sacred home in service of the world, Netivot Shalom can do amazing things, channeling the strength and depth of our Jewish learning and davening, our commitments to both Chesed (caring) and Tzedek (Justice).
In the coming days, we are making sure to extend the light of Channukah beyond the boundaries of our Netivot Shalom community through several powerful opportunities, in which I hope you'll participate actively in at least one.
Tonight (Wednesday, Dec. 4) at 6:30pm, Netivot Shalom is hosting Eric LeCompte, executive director of Jubilee USA, an alliance of more than 75 US organizations, 300 faith communities and 50 global partners in building an economy that serves, protects and promotes participation of the most vulnerable. Jubilee has won critical global financial reforms and more than $130 billion in debt relief for the world's poorest people. Don't miss this amazing opportunity. We can build this world into a place of love by being the kind of Jewish community that opens its heart to others and pursues justice.
Sunday morning, Dec 8th at 10:125am, Netivot Shalom's V'Zot Yisrael committee is hosting Michal Kohane ofSHACHAR (Shiluv Haredim), a new initiative for incorporating young Haredi men into the IDF (Israel Defense Forces). Michal will discus how this program challenges previous concepts and how it is affecting the Haredi community as well as its acceptance into the wider Israel society and the IDF in particular.
Sunday afternoon (Dec. 8th) at 2:30pm, CNS is helping support a New Israel Fund event at Temple Sinai in Oakland by Anat Hoffman, chair of Women of the Wall. Click here for more info!
Monday, Dec. 9th, at 6PM, a delegation from Netivot Shalom will attend the AIPAC Gala at Point Richmond. Click here to register! (Please remember to indicate that you are part of Netivot Shalom!)
That very same night (Dec. 9) at Beth El at
7:30PM, Netivot Shalom is cosponsoring a talk by Rabbi Arik Ascherman, president of Rabbis for Human Rights, entitled "The Israel I Cherish." Click here for more info!
It is a point of deep communal pride that our engagement with Israel is textured, demonstrating a pluralist form of Zionism all to rare in the Jewish world. This is a special light we w
Channukah Sameach, and Let's keep sharing all the light we can!
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&…