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Photos from Central Conference of American Rabbis's post
From Rabbi Fred Greene:
I am deeply concerned for the rights of the women, trans men, and non-binary individuals of our country.
I am worried about individuals who are vulnerable and don't have access to safe reproductive healthcare.
I am worried about lives that will be lost.
If you want to understand why the Jewish community advocates for reproductive justice, visit and support our partners at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW). You can read about our Reform Jewish community's commitments here: https://rac.org/issues/reproductive-health-and-rights
This isn't about politics. It is about human life, human dignity, bodily autonomy, and freedom of religion.
If your congregation can support you, we will always do our best to try.
Reproductive Health and Rights The Reform Movement's positions on reproductive rights are grounded in the core belief that each person should have agency and autonomy over their own bodies. Our advocacy around abortion access is inspired by the Jewish value of kavod ha’briyot, respect for individual dignity. This same sanctity ...
This should be a remarkable opportunity. Hope you will consider joining!
Shabbat Shalom from the Middle School Retreat! Our kids are having a great time being together and celebrating Shabbat in the mountains.
Ethan and Katherine are getting ready for the middle school retreat. Just another day at Har HaShem!
Chag Sameach! Wishing you a sweet, happy, liberating Pesach/Passover!
Passover starts at sundown tomorrow night, and instead of sharing a Torah illumination this week, I wanted to share the prayer I wrote for Passover this year.
A Prayer for Passover
©Joanne Fink 2022/5782
As we gather around the Seder table, may each of us find meaning & purpose in retelling the age-old story of the Exodus from Egypt.
As we journey from bondage to redemption, may we each appreciate that the Haggadah holds more than history; it is a tangible connection to our heritage.
Aren't we all wanderers in the desert? Don't we all yearn to be part of something greater than ourselves? How do we find connection? How do we hold on to hope? How do we let go of whatever is holding us back?
WHY IS THIS NIGHT DIFFERENT FROM ALL OTHER NIGHTS?
This night is different because we are here, together, having made the commitment to remember and recount. May we be fully present and open to the mysteries about to unfold.
ON THIS NIGHT
may our souls cry out against indifference, injustice and inequality, and may we be inspired to work towards understanding and enlightenment.
ON THIS NIGHT
may our hearts grow in hope and compassion, and may we find the courage and ability to bring freedom to those enslaved and hope to those who are suffering.
ON THIS NIGHT
may we feel a connection to community and each other, and may everything we say and do be a reflection of our best selves.
ON THIS NIGHT
may we discover that LOVE is the answer; LOVE IS ALWAYS THE ANSWER and may that discovery fill our hearts, our homes and our world with peace.
As always, you are welcome to share (with attribution, please!). Feel free to DM me if you want the Visual T'filah version (which is two slides).
Wishing you and your loved ones a meaningful, inspiring and connective holiday.
Chag Pesach Sameach,
Our 7th grade derech class took it out on the road today, helping out at the Boulder JCC farm!
Our hearts are heavy with the news of another act of terrorism in Israel, this time a shooting in Tel Aviv. We mourn the innocent people killed and continue to work toward an Israel that is safe for all who live there and all who love this land.
Coalition in Crisis: Making sense of Israeli Politics Today!
Friday, April 8th at 10:30am ET/ 7:30am PT
Join us for the latest analysis with Allison Kaplan Sommer, senior writer at Haaretz, and Rabbi Josh Weinberg, VP of Israel and Reform Zionism, URJ.
Register here: https://urj.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkfuCspj0tEt3RiVpranfZNlkC3s2JUEL4
Join us on Zoom or watch the live stream on ARZA's page:
We are horrified and heartbroken by the terrorist shooting in Tel Aviv tonight. We will continue to pray for peace today and every day in light of increased violence and terrorism in Israel and against war and hate mongering in general.
We extend our deepest wishes for comfort and healing to the injured and those mourning the dead.
Mazal Tov, Melinda. What a lovely honor and you are a great model for us! May you go from strength to strength!
Our next face in the Lion of Judah tribute series is Melinda Kassen, who has been a lion for almost a decade. She was first inspired to join by her mother and grandmother, who frequently donated individually and as a pair. “Giving Jewishly has always been part of my family and important to me,” says Kassen. “My family taught me the importance of Tzedakah, not only in the Jewish community, but in the broader community as well. I was also taught the importance of women’s participation in the community, as workers and as leaders. We believe that giving back isn’t just the right thing to do; it’s a sacred obligation.” Show Melinda some love! 💙🦁💪
Ethan is looking forward to being at OSRUI with all of our campers this summer!
Passover is coming!
ReformJudaism.org is helping us with some great resources. You can start here: https://reformjudaism.org/jewish-holidays/passover/our-story-your-table
People, stories, food – that’s what makes a celebration. Whether it’s your 1st or 50th seder, our free digital recipe book will provide inspiration from around the world. Download it today and you could win a $100 meal kit gift card. (Link in bio.)
Michael Twitty is a wonderful chef and historian who lifts up his Jewish and African-American identities for all to learn. This should be a great learning!
See you at the presentation by culinary historian and James Beard Award-winning writer Michael W. Twitty.
Monday, April 4, 5:30-7:00 pm (MST).
Don't forget to register for the event -https://www.eventbrite.com/e/michael-w-twitty-tickets-294743625117?fbclid=IwAR2g1y-dT0ag-m3KbhYlCMKjqfcXIQwJu3USRCaKhp1KwywA8ZNXv-VM580
Purim! Because of a brief neighborhood power outage, our streaming and YouTube went down. ￼But we have this cell-phone video of the shpiel (but not the service and Megillah reading that preceded it). Enjoy! So much love and gratitude to so many folx who worked to make this unforgettable, emotional, and beautiful.
Yafeh (Beautiful): The Carole King Purim Shpiel, 2022 March 16, 2022
Our 7th grade Derech class did a great job volunteering at the Community Purim Festival today at the Boulder JCC !
Wednesdays are busy at Har HaShem! Our 6th graders shared their creative interpretations of Torah, experiences trying out mitzvot, and rewrote prayers in their own words. And before our Confirmands worked on lobbying presentions, they made hamentaschen to get in the Purim mood!
You are invited to join the White House, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, and Colorado community partners -- including Rabbi Fred Greene -- for a special Building a Better America event on President Biden’s priorities for Colorado families and communities. This post-State of the Union event will take place at 2pm MT on Wednesday, March 9th. It will feature a discussion of the concrete ways President Biden’s year two agenda will impact individuals and families in Colorado, while also providing attendees a chance to share with the White House the issues most important to their communities. You can RSVP here, and all are welcome!
Our OSRUI campers can't wait to see all of the new updates to camp this year!
There are lots of great new things to see and do at camp! Check out this article to read more about what you'll see this summer or during a weekend at our Retreat Center.
You are invited to join the White House and Colorado community partners for a special Building a Better America event on President Biden’s priorities for Colorado families and communities. Our Rabbi, Fred Greene, will be one of the presenters!
This post-State of the Union event will take place at 2pm MT on Wednesday, March 9th. It will feature a discussion of the concrete ways President Biden’s year two agenda will impact individuals and families in Colorado, while also providing attendees a chance to share with the White House the issues most important to their communities. You can RSVP here, and all are welcome! https://pitc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_azkV9LMGTDSJv05K6ud9jw
I illustrated my most recent prayer and wanted to share it with you.
Prayer for Peace
©Joanne Fink, 2022
We pray for Ukraine and the safety and security of its citizens.
Bless those fighting to protect their homeland
with resources, courage, determination, and strength.
We pray for the refugees evacuating their homes.
Watch over them on their journey, provide for their needs,
and enable them to return swiftly to Ukraine.
We pray for the Russians protesting this invasion.
May their voices be heard and magnified,
and help bring an end to the conflict.
We pray for the countries offering humanitarian aid.
Bless them with abundant resources
to feed, clothe and shelter the refugees.
We pray for our world leaders determining history.
Bless them with wisdom, clarity, and unity
and enable them to act decisively for the greater good.
We pray for those who are suffering, grieving and afraid.
Bless them with hope and healing, comfort and connection,
and the knowledge that they are not alone.
We pray for our broken world, and the people in it.
Bless us with the ability to work together
to usher in an era of abiding peace.
As always, you are welcome to share (with attribution, please).
Another great Program:
Session 1* Creating Safe & Affirming Spaces for Our Grandchildren: Addressing Racism, Transphobia, and Lack of Disabilities Inclusion in Our Communities with Yolanda Savage-Narva (she/her), URJ Director, Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) and Rachel Hall (she/her), URJ REDI Program Manager.
Join us for a two-part series by the Union for Reform Judaism, Jewish Grandparents Network, and Keshet to support you in providing affirming spaces for gender-expansive, non-binary, and transgender young people.
These sessions will provide us with foundational knowledge, shared language, and inclusive practices so that we can better demonstrate our unconditional love and support for the important young people in our lives. Join us for a two-part series by the Union for Reform Judaism, Jewish Grandparents Network, and Keshet to support you in providing affirming spaces for gender-expansive, non-binary, and transgender young people.
Tuesday, March 15, 7-8:30 PM ET *Session 1* Creating Safe & Affirming Spaces for Our Grandchildren: Addressing Racism, Transphobia, and Lack of Disabilities Inclusion in Our Communities with Yolanda Savage-Narva (she/her), URJ Director, Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) and Rachel Hall (she/her), URJ REDI Program Manager.
Our Reform Jewish partners in Europe need our help!
לא ישא גוי אל גוי חרב, ולא ילמדו עוד מלחמה
A nation shall not lift up sword against nation, it shall not learn war any more.
We extend our prayers for the safety of members, rabbis, and leaders of Progressive congregations in Ukraine as part of the World Union for Progressive Judaism • WUPJ. And we extend our hope for safety to the innocent souls in Ukraine and the Region.
The World Union has opened a Ukraine Crisis Fund to support individuals and communities in Ukraine, click here to donate via the WUPJ.
In the light of the Russian attack on Ukraine, the World Union for Progressive Judaism launches the Ukraine Crisis Fund. We ask people from all over the world to make donations towards the support of the Ukrainian Jewish community.
Make a donation today:
This summer, deepen your child's relationship with Judaism at OSRUI! They'll be joined by Ethan, Katherine, and more than two dozen other Har HaShem campers! Have questions? Reach out to Ethan!
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Our BTYers had a great time this weekend at NFTY-MV Winter Chavurah hosted by United Hebrew Congregation in St. Louis. Check out the photos below!
"Our faith is two thousand years old, but our thinking is not."
--Pastor Craig Mueller of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chicago (2015).
I (Rabbi Fred Greene) LOVE THAT!
What is appealing about that for you?!?!
Folx continue to ask, "How can we help?"
Hi Friends. Here are the current needs for the free store. Unless otherwise noted, lightly used is welcome. Thank you!!
It’s time to talk again about Antisemitism.
This Shabbat eve, Rabbi Greene will be speaking about his thoughts and reflections about the issues we have been witnessing recently — the banning of Maus, the hurt from Whoopi Goldberg’s statements, the hostage situation in a Texas synagogue.
How have these recent incidents affected you?
What questions do you have about Antisemitism?
What do you wish that your neighbors who aren’t Jewish would know about Antisemitism?
We’d love to see your thoughts here in the comments!
We have been talking a lot about antisemitism recently.
We hope you join in this important and timely discussion, streaming tomorrow, February 2nd, on the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism's page at 4pm EST. The conversation will center on the release of Jonathan Greenblatt’s crucial new book: “It Could Happen Here: Why America Is Tipping from Hate to the Unthinkable―And How We Can Stop It.”
Please join us for this important and timely discussion, streaming tomorrow, February 2nd, on the RAC’s page at 4pm EST. The conversation will center on the release of Jonathan Greenblatt’s crucial new book: “It Could Happen Here: Why America Is Tipping from Hate to the Unthinkable―And How We Can Stop It.”
The first woman to be ordained as a rabbi in North America reflects on 50 years in the Rabbinate. We celebrate Rabbi Sally Priesand! https://ravblog.ccarnet.org/2022/01/rabbi-sally-priesand-50-years-rabbi-first-american-woman-rabbo/
Rabbi Sally Priesand on Celebrating 50 Years in the Rabbinate and the Path to Becoming the First Woman Rabbi in North America - RavBlog Rabbi Sally Priesand shares her path to becoming the first woman rabbi in America and her reflections on spending 50 years in the rabbinate.
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