From my Yom Kippur sermon this year about the state of Anti Semitism emerged an initiative at Temple Emanu-El meant to address one very direct question: “What can I do about Anti Semitism?”
You were invited to partake in conversations, and some of you come to share your ideas.
In order to understand ‘the lay of the land,’ we dialogued with the ADL, the AJC, the URJ, other synagogues, local politicians and law enforcement.
We read white papers. We attended conferences.
And now, our Steering Committee (led by Lori Bohrer & Art Katz) is ready to present the five ideas that we have determined we (Temple Emanu-El) can do, that others are not (at least locally), where we are confident that we can see success.
Please note, we are looking to put efforts into areas where we can move the proverbial needle, a needle that profoundly effects you, your family, and this community.
There is a certain degree of hubris on the part of our congregation to think that we could trail-blaze, but ultimately, we have to stop waiting for someone else to do this for us. It is time.
All five of the ideas are going to need people, like you, who care…and who are willing to help by taking action.
If this sounds like you. If you are one of the ones asking ‘What can I do about Anti Semitism,” then we need you to show up. We will have two meetings where we will present these ideas, and towards the end of each meeting you will be asked to pick one idea to actively help implement.
Sunday February 6th, 9:15a-10:30a, (in person only) at the Temple Emanu-El Sanctuary. Register HERE
Wednesday, February 9th, Zoom, 7p-8:30p. Register HERE to receive Zoom information.
On Friday nights we pray together, reminding ourselves of our journey from Egypt to the promise land, “a winding way…that passes through the wilderness…there is no way to get from here to there, except by joining hands, marching forward, together.”
Marching. Forward. Together.