Every year on December 1, people around the world recognize World AIDS Day. It is an opportunity to think about those who have lost their lives to AIDS, the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis, the progress that has been made so far in addressing the pandemic, and the need for increased action and political will.
During your Shabbat service on Friday night or during a program throughout the week, you have the opportunity to remind yourself and the members of your congregation of the action still necessary to fight the spread of HIV and to assist those living with the virus.
Please consider incorporating one or a combination of the following actions into your services the week of December 1
-Recite an alternative MiSheberach prayer for healing at your service, calling special attention to the women and girls and other vulnerable populations who have suffered from AIDS. Specific facts about how women and girls are affected by HIV and AIDS can be found below.
-Include the significance of the pandemic and World AIDS Day in your sermon for the week. For Jewish text, values and sermon starters, see the links above.
-Hold a vigil or memorial in your community or with your congregation.
-Contact the RAC for more resources on the HIV/AIDS epidemic, current legislation, and what you can do to help.