An article on connections forged while in Uganda. The authors write: "We went to Uganda to learn about HIV/AIDS, Africa and to reinvigorate our community. Along the way, we learned about Judaism, social action and ourselves."
This packet both makes the case for the importance of advocacy on stopping genocide in Darfur and also helps groups and individuals to get that work done. Beautiful and moving photos are included and literally put a face to the conflict. Many clickable web links are included in the pdf. The production of this packet serves as a model of what lay committees in congregations can do that serves others.
(This dvar Torah was presented on May 15, 2004 at the Havurah's first adult B'nai Mitzvah ceremony.) Start by imagining a rock and some water. To make a pattern of concentric circles, drop the stone ...
Rabbi Fred Sherlinder Dobb lays out the Jewish case for environmental awareness and action. Providing sources and viewpoints from classic and modern Jewish sources, Dobb wants us to see contemporary concerns in the context of Jewish concerns over time. He also raises questions about views within Judaism which may be counter to his case.
Rabbi Gluskin argues that the tension between law and rebellion, between status quo and the desire to bring redemption now, is played out richly and artfully in the liturgy of the Passover Seder. Specific references to the text are explained in this light.
This is a reprint from a Fall, 2003 article published in The Reconstructionist. The article emphasizes the important connection between Judaism and justice and argues that making those connections for our communities will draw Jews to Judaism.