2 Upcoming Speakers at Netivot Shalom: Rabbi Gershom Sizomu & Rabbi Edward Feld!
Announcing 2 Upcoming CNS Visiting Scholars!
Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, leader of the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda &
Rabbi Edward Feld, author of "Joy, Despair, and Hope: Reading Psalms"!
A SLIDESHOW & DISCUSSION ABOUT THE ABAYUDAYA JEWS!
with Rabbi Gershom Sizomu
Wednesday, May 7 at 7pm
sponsored by the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, the leader of the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda
COME HEAR RABBI SIZOMU tell the history of the Abayudaya community and enliven all of the amazing social, health, and economic development projects happening today. Learn about the new Abayudaya Synagogue & Community Center as part of a strategic vision to ensure the health and security of the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda today, and for generations to come. The Center will be a place for religious worship, lifecycle events, education, childcare, and health and social services that will benefit the entire community regardless of religion, gender or age.
Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, the leader of the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda, is the first black rabbi from sub-Saharan Africa to be ordained at an American rabbinic school. As a visionary community leader, he chose to attend a rabbinic seminary to better understand ancient and modern Judaism and bring the Ugandan community into mainstream Judaism. In 2003, Rabbi Sizomu was awarded a Be'chol Lashon Fellowship to attend the 5-year Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies program at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles. In 2008, he was ordained and returned home to Uganda to lead his Jewish community and establish a yeshiva in Uganda to train Jews from ancient and emerging communities throughout Africa. Today, Rabbi Sizomu, a charismatic leaderand accomplished musician, continues to help his community remain healthy and strong, both physically and spiritually. The Abayudaya are a growing community of over 1,500 Jews living among their 10,000 Christian and Muslim neighbors in scattered villages in the rolling, green hills of Eastern Uganda. With the support of Be'chol Lashon, the Abayudaya are engaged in a comprehensive Health and Development Project that includes building a Health Center, preventing disease, and developing economy. Improved healthcare and community development provided by the Abayudaya Jews to their Christian and Muslim neighbors fosters good will and cooperation among the communities. Rabbi Gershom Sizomu is Senior Rabbinic Associate at Be'chol Lashon. He is married to Tziporah and has four children: Igaal, Dafna, Naavah and Zivah.
Finding Ourselves in the Psalms
with Rabbi Edward Feld
Sunday May 18, 9am
sponsored by the Kelman Liturgy Fund
Rabbi Edward Feld, author of "Joy, Despair, and Hope"
What has made Psalms such a source of inspiration for generations of Jews and Christians? How are we to understand the message of these prayers and poems? Who wrote them and why did they express themselves in this way? We will study a few psalms together, some that are well-known and some that have not been included in any formal liturgy, and see how they express a range of feelings about life and death, fear and faith, that may resonate with our own experience and inner lives.
Rabbi Edward Feld is the senior editor of Mahzor Lev Shalem (2010) and the author of The Spirit of Renewal: Finding Faith after the Holocaust (1994). He has served as Rabbi-in-Residence at the Jewish Theological Seminary and as Hillel Director and Chaplain to the College at Princeton University and Smith and Amherst Colleges. As the Educational Director of Rabbis for Human Rights he developed a curriculum for teaching Judaism and human rights.
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&…