Dear friends, I am sending this in the hope you may choose either to join in one of the actions listed below, or to create a similar one where you live. Shalom, Arthur
Occupy Rosh HaShanah!
Suggestions for “My legs are praying” (Heschel)
Rosh HaShanah calls for tshuvah (turning our lives in the direction of loving-kindness) and tikkun (healing what is broken) for our whole society, as well as individuals.
To embody that commitment, on the first night of Rosh HaShanah in New York and on the first day of Rosh HaShanah in The San Francisco Bay Area, Jewish congregations and individuals will reaffirm the values of Judaism and of the Occupy movement with public actions to Occupy Rosh Hashanah.
These actions will also celebrate the anniversary in the Western calendar of the first day of the Occupy movement one year ago (Occupy Wall Street in NYC).
Click below to see the planned actions.
To support all this at this sacred time of year, and to make possible the work yet to come, please click to the “Donate” banner on the left-hand margin of each page. Thanks!
Shalom, salaam — Arthur
1. In New York, Occupy Judaism and all who wish to join them will gather at or near Zuccotti Park from 7:30 to 11 pm on Sunday, September 16. The Shalom Center strongly supports this action.
For updated information on the Zuccotti Park action:
Email list · http://is.gd/GXBxE1
Facebook · http://facebook.com/occupyjudaism
Twitter · http://twitter.com/occupyjudaism
Web · http://occupyjudaism.org
2. In the Bay Area, Beyt Tikkun, Kehilla Community Synagogue, and The Shalom Center will join as co-sponsors to call for personal and social transformation in the way Americans do banking. We will assemble at 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16, at the Wells Fargo Bank opposite the downtown central Berkeley BART station (on Shattuck Ave and Center Street).
For this action in Berkeley, if you can, please bring signs calling for “MORTGAGE RELIEF,” ”FREEZE HOME EXPULSIONS,” and a call for people to remove their funds from Wells Fargo and Bank of America and other banks that have taken advantage of middle-income Americans and the poor; and instead to put their money into not-for-profit credit unions. Like this: ”BANK ON THE 99%: MOVE YOUR $$ TO A CREDIT UNION.”
Rabbis Michael Lerner, David Jonathan Cooper, Phyllis Berman,and Arthur Waskow will share leadership of Occupy Rosh HaShanah in Berkeley at Wells Fargo Bank.
3. For more information on the Berkeley action and on the two-day Rosh Hashanah service at Beyt Tikkun at which Rabbi Phyllis Berman and I will join Rabbi Michael Lerner to lead the service, please click here: <http://www.beyttikkun.org/article.php/HHDMain> http://www.beyttikkun.org/article.php/HHDMain <http://www.beyttikkun.org/article.php/HHDMain>
4. For ways of renewing the High Holy Day services to address the profound personal, spiritual, and political issues of our generation, click below:
https://theshalomcenter.org/treasury/108 <https://theshalomcenter.org/treasury/108> (Rosh Hashanah essays)
https://theshalomcenter.org/treasury/119 (Yom Kippur essays)
The Tent of Abraham: Interpreting Bible & Quran for Peacemaking among the Abrahamic Faiths, by Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Sister Joan Chittister OSB, Murshid Saadi Shakur Chisti, and Rabbi Phyllis Berman (Beacon Press). See esp. R. Berman’s remarkable midrash at the end of the book, on “Why Hagar Left.”
Healing Israel/Palestine, by Rabbi Michael Lerner
To support all this at this sacred time of year, and to make possible the work yet to come, please click to our website and then to the “Donate” banner on the left-hand margin of each page. Thanks!
Shalom, salaam — Arthur