The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
For many white observers, the protests calling for an end to police violence and Black liberation that erupted over the weekend may have appeared sudden. Yes, they came directly after the killing of George Floyd, but they were anything but sudden. The relatively swift decision to charge the officer who killed George Floyd in Minneapolis stands in stark contrast to the delayed (to put it mildly) investigation that few if any prior deaths of Black and Brown people at the hands of police or individual citizens...Read More
One of the first things we learn in the Torah from the story of creation is that humans were created b’tzelem Elohim – in the holy image of G-d (Genesis 1:27). All of us reflect the beauty and goodness of G-d, and as such, we have a sacred responsibility to treat each other with the dignity, respect, and loving kindness owed to the Divine. It is this belief that guides the Reform Movement’s advocacy for LGBTQ equality.
But there is more to be learned from that story in Genesis. G-d took an...Read More
George Floyd was murdered by an officer of the law whose duty was to protect him; he died crying out for his mother, begging to breathe. Ruach Elohim, the Divine Spirit, can be understood as the Breath of Life, a gift from the Creator of All Life. To deny a human being breath is idolatrous – and George Floyd’s murder comes after countless Black and Brown people have similarly been killed and countless others have suffered the brutal systems of racism in our country.
As we said ...Read More
Everyday more than 100 Americans are killed by guns. Next Friday, June 5th is Wear Orange Day, a national day of awareness about the scourge of gun violence in the United States.
We wear orange to call attention to the epidemic of gun violence facing our country, and to fight for a future free from gun violence. We invite the Reform Jewish community to join us in wearing orange in support of the gun violence prevention movement. Typically we would be making plans for rallies and gatherings to honor and remember victims of gun violence, and demand that our elected officials take...Read More
Last week, over 2,000 people participated in the virtual town hall launch of Every Voice, Every Vote: The Reform Movement’s 2020 Civic Engagement Campaign. If you were not able to be with us live, we invite you to watch the recording in the Tent or on Facebook.
This town hall was a call to action, energizing and inspiring leaders like you to commit to...Read More