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Shabbat Tzedek Weekend with Rachael Rollins, U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts


January 14, 2022


6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT


Qabbalat Shabbat: Onsite and Online

Friday, January 14

6:00 p.m. Join us for an inspirational Shabbat Tzedek, a Sabbath of Justice, to celebrate the values of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with honored guest Rachael Rollins, U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. This service is open to people of all faiths. No need to register; just come! Or join on Zoom, on Facebook Live, or stream on our website.

See the program for this event.

After services, all are invited to take home delicious cuisine from our Black-owned restaurant partners Zaz and Fresh Food Generation courtesy of Temple Israel.

For those in their 20s and 30s: Rabbi Oberstein will be hosting an online Riverway Zoom oneg, offering us a chance to connect after services.

About Rachael Rollins: Rachael Rollins is the first woman elected as District Attorney in Suffolk County and the first woman of color elected District Attorney in Massachusetts. Since taking office in 2019, Rollins has implemented humane and data-supported policies, focusing her limited resources on the most violent and serious crimes and keeping Suffolk County safe. Over 240 years of wrongful convictions, and counting, have been overturned by her initiatives. In July 2021, President Biden nominated Rollins to be the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. On December 8, 2021, the United States Senate voted to confirm Rollins, and on January 10, she was sworn in, the first Black woman to serve as the top federal prosecutor in the Commonwealth.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Justice Encounters Schedule of All Events

Themes of justice will be interwoven throughout the weekend’s events and services from Friday through Monday. All programs listed below will be online only.

Saturday, January 15

9:00 a.m. Shabbat Tzedek Torah Study, online only.
We begin with Tefilah led by TI clergy, followed by an engaging Torah Study steeped in the values embodied by our Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion work. Join us on Zoom.

8:00 p.m.  Shabbat Tzedek Havdalah, online only.
We reconnect for Havdalah as we reflect on the themes of this Shabbat. Join on Zoom, or Facebook Live, or stream on our website.

Sunday, January 16

8:00 a.m. (or 11:00 a.m.) Shabbat Tzedek at Bethel AME Church. Join us and our neighbors at Bethel AME Church for their Sunday worship and MLK commemoration, joint sermon by Rabbi Zecher and Reverend Gloria White-Hammond, and breakout discussion groups with members of the Bethel AME community. We encourage you to attend the 8:00 a.m. service where more Bethel members will be in attendance.

Monday, January 17

2:00 p.m. Riverway REDI Conversation, online only
An intimate social justice conversation for those in their 20s and 30s through the Riverway Project.

3:00 p.m. Tu B’Shvat Seder, online only
All are invited to a Tu B’shvat Seder as we weave together the teachings and wisdom of Dr. King and our Jewish commitment to environmental justice.

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