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Hurricane Harvey: How We Can Help

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From Rabbi Creditor Hurricane Harvey: How We Can Help

My Prayer, Standing with Ben Stern before the Rally Against Hate

Standing with holocaust survivor Ben Stern, @rabbicreditor leads prayer before Berkeley rally. @KQEDnewspic.twitter.com/3Kf73swamq— Eli Wirtschafter (@RadioEli) August 27, 2017

This Sunday, I'm Following Ben

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CNS Homepage  |  Make a Gift!  |  CNS Calendar  |  Rabbi Creditor's Blog From Rabbi Creditor:  This Sunday, I'm Following Ben  August 23, 2017  Rosh Chodesh Ellul, 5777 Dear Chevreh,  
This week will be a hard one, but it will also be a powerful and beautiful one. Among the blessings of the Bay Area is a commitment to diversity. Yes, that can be a truly strange and complicated reality in our Berkeley world, but in this moment of our city's life, it is a blessing we embrace.
This weekend, white supremacists and neo-Nazis ar

Power in a Just Society: Violence, Religion, and Privilege

These Hallowed Fields: An Intention for Camp Ramah

These Hallowed Fields: An Intention for Camp Ramah
© Rabbi Menachem Creditor Many generations of souls have played here, learned here, grown here. Some never leave. Friends, mentors, loves - this holy place has been home for thousands and thousands. For me, it's been a Berkshires, Nyack, Ojai, Palmer, Monterey journey. My grandmother, parents, sisters, and children have known this summer air, sing these holy songs, feel this Jewish pride. It is real and it is magic. May the power of Ramah continue spreading throughout the world, one whole person at a time. May these shining, happy young faces know that their hearts are connected to a tradition born of educator-dreamers, made real by thousands of grateful others. May the joy and love of Ramah, carried by these lucky children and adults, influence their communities, and through those blessed communities, the world. Thank You, Holy One, for the gift of this holy place. #ramah#CampRamah#ramahforever

The Day After Charlottesville

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The Day After Charlottesville
Rabbi Menachem Creditor Huffington Post - 08/14/2017 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-day-after-charlottesville_us_599209efe4b063e2ae058204

In the aftermath of a horrific day in Charlottesville, there is an image I ask us to hold onto.

It is not the KKK in their hateful robes, not the tweets of a President who demonstrates more outrage when his daughter’s handbags are no longer carried by Nordstroms than when torch-bearing White Supremacists and American Nazis ravage a college campus and community in Virginia. The sound reverberating in our souls should not be the calls of “Jews will not replace us“ chanted enthusiastically by the “Unite the Right” hate rally in Charlottesville yesterday. These bands of bigots gathered in defense of a statue of Robert E Lee in a park that once bore his name but has been renamed Emancipation Park. The degradation of human beings, African slaves, that his military genius sought to perpetuate was their allegiance. And it …