The honorable John Kerry, 68th Secretary of State, will be joining us for Qabbalat Shabbat in honor of Cantor Roy Einhorn, and will speak on protecting the planet.
John Kerry served as the United States’ 68th Secretary of State from 2013 to 2017. As America’s top diplomat, he guided the Department’s strategy on nuclear nonproliferation, combating radical extremism, and the threat of climate change. His tenure was marked by the successful negotiation of the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris Climate Agreement. From 1985 to 2013, he served as a U.S. Senator representing Massachusetts, and was Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 2009 to 2013. Secretary Kerry is the best-selling author of A Call to Service: My Vision for a Better America, This Moment on Earth, as well as his recently published memoir, Every Day Is Extra. In addition to his long and illustrious career in government, Secretary Kerry is a lifelong environmental champion who helped broker the 2015 Paris Climate Accords and who recently launched a new, bipartisan coalition, World War Zero, to help fight the climate emergency.
Repairing the earth is a core value at Temple Israel and we hope you will take this opportunity to learn more about how each of us can help in that sacred work. We are proud that this will be a zero waste evening. There will be a “Green Marketplace” following the service during which you can meet with representatives of several environmental organizations. Please arrive early to allow additional time for security. We recommend that all bags be left at home. Temple Israel is a safe and holy space, we strive to welcome every individual, new or returning.