This last year our nation has been through an election cycle that has been far more bitter and filled with messages of hate and intolerance than our country has experienced in more than a generation. This month we will be remembering Martin Luther King’s Birthday. Dr. Martin Luther King spoke of the “fierce urgency of now” … “This is no time for apathy or complacency, This is a time for vigorous and positive action.” Reform Judaism believes strongly in rodeph tzedek, pursuing justice. The Religious Action Center, out of the Social Justice arm of The Reform Jewish movement, has many ideas for what congregations and individual congregants can do to help pursue justice in this confusing time. Their website is www.rac.org. Other organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League also offer positive suggestions on their websites.
In December, after this Ha-Kol has gone to press, the congregation will have had the opportunity to participate in a webinar sponsored by the Religious Action Center. The Social Action Committee is in the process of setting up programs for January with Lutheran Social Services which will begin to train us on how we can be involved in welcoming refugees to Milwaukee and with Planned Parenthood to learn how we can involve ourselves in advocating for public policies that are pro-women and profamily. We will be continuing our dialogue on a “different lens on our city” and learning of programs that are working well in Milwaukee, such as the Zilber Foundation and Walnut Way. If you have ideas on what you would like to see our Social Action Committee and the whole congregation involved in during these times of change, please send an email to email@example.com or call the synagogue and someone from the Social Action Committee will be glad to hear from you.
Debbie Carter Berkson,