Join us for Saturday morning Shabbat -- this time in-person at our new home in First United Methodist Church of Ferndale! Following our Shacharit service led by Sandy, Marty & Jake, we will be joined around 11 AM via Zoom by a guest teacher.
Boston-based community organizer Alona Weimer will present on "The Case for Reparations: Talmudic Texts in Conversation with Today’s America." She writes:
"This session will engage with traditional Jewish texts which articulate our collective obligation to intervene in the historic and ongoing theft of wealth, labor, and land. Together we will ask: What do Talmudic texts reveal about a Jewish ethic of reparations? How do rabbinic ideas about atonement and repair apply to the contemporary moment? Using these framings, we will discuss what Talmudic texts offer as redemptive action for a society built on stolen wealth and what Jewish communities today are doing to organize and intervene."
Alona Weimer (she/her) is a community organizer and graduate student living in Cambridge, MA, where she weaves her commitment to intervening in systems of oppression with her spiritual investment in Jewish ritual and tradition. Alona finds her political home at Kavod Boston and The Tzedek Lab — sites of progressive Jewish organizing committed to intervening in racism, antisemitism, and white supremacy. Alona’s academic training in Black Studies and Legal Studies informs her organizing for a world free from violence. She roots her work in love for the Jewish people and believes, in the words of Mariame Kaba, that hope is a discipline.
Please join us in-person (RSVP below) or log-on via Zoom at www.tchiyah.org/zoom (reach out to us if you need the password) for our morning service and learning session. All are welcome to attend whichever portions they wish wish. As of March 13, in-person services are open to non-members.
**Please strive to attend promptly at the service start time, so that you will be greeted by a volunteer at the door.**
Access Notes: FUMC is a wheelchair-accessible building, but accessing our room requires climbing a flight of stairs or utilizing an elevator adjacent to the stairway. This service will be livestreamed via Zoom, which features auto-generated captions and a slideshow of the prayers in Hebrew, English and transliteration.
📝 PLEASE REVIEW OUR PROTOCOLS BEFORE YOU RSVP:
All attendees must be up-to-date on a complete course of COVID vaccinations, as their eligibility permits.
Our L'Dor VaDor service (a kid-centric, intergenerational experience) will require vaccinations for attendees ages 5 and up, and masking for ages 2 and up.
Masking and social distancing are required.
We will enforce a capacity limit of 36 attendees to allow for adequate social distancing. RSVPs are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome.
No food will be served. (Those who need to snack can leave the chapel room and do so, as needed.)
A medical-grade HEPA air filter rated for our room's area will be in use to ensure air circulation.