Join us for an inspirational Shabbat Tzedek, a Sabbath of Justice, with keynote speaker Renée Graham, on Friday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m. to celebrate the legacy and values of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We will reflect on the current state of our world and our roles within it. We will relate to one another through the power of storytelling and our shared vision of righteous impact. We will discover ways to reform our own actions to serve the greater good of Greater Boston.
Virtual Shabbat Tzedek, Sabbath of Justice
Pre-ordered Dinner Curbside Pick Up Instructions
Thank you to the over 100 people who pre-ordered meals! To confirm that you are on the pick-up list, please contact Nicole Zador. Pick -up will be on Friday, January 15, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Pull up to the Temple’s front steps on Nessel Way by turning off of Longwood Ave. Please stay in your car and hold up a piece of paper (prepared before arrival) with the name and the restaurant name in your window. We will deliver your meal to your car. If you have any questions about your specific order, please contact the restaurant directly.
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Sonia Chang-Díaz is the first Latina elected to the Massachusetts State Senate. Since being sworn into office in 2009, Senator Chang-Díaz has helped pass reforms to the state’s CORI and criminal justice systems, curtailed the misuse of special education dollars, and been instrumental in the passage of civil rights protections for transgender Bay Staters. She has re-written our state laws on school discipline, and successfully defended millions of dollars in funding for youth development. Additionally, she has been a voice for immigration, environmental, and housing justice and a champion for sound fiscal reform and good stewardship of taxpayer dollars. Senator Chang-Díaz serves as co-chair of the Senate’s Racial Justice Working Group and was one of the architects of the Reform Shift + Build Act, legislation to strengthen accountability and prioritize de-escalation in law enforcement.
The Senator’s floor speech from July 2020, which she gave after debate on the law enforcement reform bill was further delayed.
Senator Chang-Díaz speaks on the Senate Floor urging the passage of the Student Opportunity Act for equitable education funding.
Imam Taymullah Abdur-Rahman is the founder of Young Merchants Club, a youth delinquency prevention program that uses formerly incarcerated men as mentors. He is the former chaplain at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Department of Correction. He is the host of the podcast Exconversations and an advocate for public education reform and decarceration. Learn more about the National Decarceration Movement here.
See Taymullah Abdur-Rahman speak on at panel at Harvard Divinity at the 56-minute mark.
Nadav David is a multiethnic Jewish organizer with Mizrahi (Iraqi) and Ashkenazi (Poland/Belarus) roots. As a young person with class privilege, he works as the New England Regional Organizer at Resource Generation, a national community of young people with access to wealth and/or class privilege committed to the equitable distribution of wealth, land, and power. Nadav’s political and spiritual home is at Kavod in Boston, where he’s worked on building a solidarity economy with the Boston Ujima Project, developing alternatives to policing that keep local communities safe, and growing a Jews of Color, Indigenous Jews, Sephardi & Mizrahi (JOCISM) caucus.
Shabbat Morning Service & Torah Study: Temple Israel's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-racism
9:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 16
Led by the TI clergy and lay leaders, the text we will study will be “Temple Israel’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-racism.” This document is a statement created and affirmed by our Board of Trustees which recognizes our congregation’s involvement in these areas of justice, and lays the foundation for our efforts to address these issues as a congregation moving forward. Join on Zoom here.
Songfest for Peace, Justice, and Freedom with Cantor Stillman & TI Rabbis
7:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 16
Celebrating Shabbat Tzedek with our clergy and community, we continue carrying the musical banner for tzedek – righteousness – raising our voices together in story and song – in the pursuit of peace, justice, and freedom for all. Join on Zoom here.
8:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 16
Join us for Havdalah as we further reflect on the themes of this Shabbat. Join on Zoom here.
Sunday, January 17
8:00 a.m. (or 11:00 a.m. if you can't make the earlier service)
Join us and our neighbors for virtual services at Bethel AME Church during their Sunday worship and MLK celebration. Attend either service, although we encourage you to attend the 8 am service where more Bethel members will be in attendance. Rabbi Zecher will join Reverend Ray Hammond in a joint sermon and there will be breakout discussion groups with members of the Bethel AME community at both services. Join on Zoom here.
Special Thanks to our Host Committee:
Dan Marion, Carol Michael, Nick Oberstein, Tali Puterman, Lauren Lapat, Rachel Alexander, Ann Bookman, Susan Michaels, Marc Maxwell, Laura Guggenheimer, Alane Shanks, Sarah Bishins, Anne Licciardello, Louise Freedman, Larry Koff, Holly Gunner, Ellen Clegg, Anne Chalmers, Josh Habib, Jane Lewis, Barry Weisman and Michele Fishel, Andy Tarsy, Beth Sands, Elsa Gladston, Helene Weitzenkorn, Kathy Weinman, Priscilla Golding and Barbara Burg, Paula Noe, Steven Wright, Fran and Don Putnoi, David and Rhoda Trietsch, Fran Godine, Dru and Ted Greenwood, Cindy Rowe, Libby Keller, Matthew Feinberg, Adam Marks, Amy Michaels, Ron Ebert, Laurence Bailen, Bea Wilderman, Rachel Daniels, Debby Raboy, Thel Klein, Nola Kosowsky, Nancy Tauber, Maria Isabel Rosario, Andy Lesser-Gonzalez, Rachel Kogan, Jeanne Blasberg, Sarah Minden, Sandi Marcus, Sara Barcan, Becca and Mike Fishbein, Felipe Pait, and Robin Cohen.