I have heard from many congregants worried about the recent election and its aftermath. We have witnessed the voices of hatred unleashed in this country in a way that none of us can remember ever hearing before. Many of us wonder what we can do to fight against what is all over the news: increasing expressions of bigotry, threats of registration of specific religious groups, and a rising number of reports of anti-Semitism.
One response is to join the efforts of our Social Action committee and put our Jewish values into action. You can help to provide for the needy through our clothing and food drives. You can feed the hungry by joining us to serve a meal at a shelter or making sandwiches with the Salinsky program. We are working on partnering with others in the community, learning ways to pursue justice and protect the “stranger in our midst.” Watch for more details to come.
You will see many opportunities to take action in this and future issues of Ha-Kol, and in Emanu-Email. You may also contact our chair of Social Action, Debbie Carter Berkson, to learn more, or to bring new ideas to our congregation. Come to a Social Action meeting or speak with a member of the committee.
At a time when it seems like the old rules no longer apply, when the foundations of our society seem to be shifting, our millennia of Jewish wisdom and traditions provide us with a stable center. Do more than worry at night, or pass along the latest news that makes you angry. Take action. In the words of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, “The whole world is a very narrow bridge; the important thing is not to be afraid.”