Many Ways to Stand Against Hate

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 9:13pm -- judyzimola

We have all spent the past week processing the painful events and aftermath of Charlottesville and bracing ourselves for the arrival of white supremacists in the Bay Area this coming weekend. We will navigate this moment together with strength and moral courage. We, your clergy and congregation are here for you. The following is an outline of upcoming opportunities to join with us both in dialogue and to stand together against hate. 

Many have asked us how the congregation is responding to this moment. Join Rabbis Stacy and Elana on Friday afternoon, August 25, at Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco for a Unite Against Hate Rally with Mayor Ed Lee and the San Francisco Human Rights Commission in a demonstration of solidarity against white supremacy. We will meet at 11:45 at the intersection of Polk and McAllister and walk to the demonstration together. Bring signs!

Other opportunities:

Listen to Rabbi Elana Rosen-Brown’s sermon in response to Charlottesville and white supremacy from this past Shabbat, August 18, 2017. You can also read it here.

Join for coffee and conversation with Rabbi Stacy. Feeling angry? Concerned? Overwhelmed? Needing to talk about the events of the world, white supremacy, and anti-Semitism? Join Rabbi Stacy on Tuesday, August 29 at 8:30am in the inner conference room.

Read JCRC’s Executive Director Abby Porth’s message in Jweekly.

Peacefully participate. JCRC has published a comprehensive listing of alternative events, interfaith vigils, and sites of resistance this weekend.

Over the next weeks and months we will continue to create opportunities for learning and action.

Rodef Sholom has hired a security guard for Saturday morning Shabbat services this week. We have also spoken to the sheriff’s department about being a more consistent presence during this time.

We are inspired by the words of Micah at this time, that one day, “every person will dwell beneath the vines of fig trees, and none shall make us afraid.”

In solidarity and peace,

Rabbis Stacy, Elana, Lara, and Cantor David