The Social Action Committee has a mission to help create a more peaceful, giving and welcoming community. In past years we have facilitated many activities that have revolved around conversation and community building. We believe that conversation leads to greater understanding of each other and to stronger relationships.
These have been difficult times for many in our community. The election has caused fear and nervousness among many and the turmoil with the firing of Leah has caused pain to our kehilla. We were very heartened by the general meeting led by Henry Cohn. He created a mood of warmth and openness. He made sure that no-one was hurt in the process of sharing concerns and questions.
We at SAC think this kind of conversation might be beneficial to the community to discuss our fears and concern around the new US administration. We think people are looking for a safe place to talk. We are aware that there are differences in the Jewish Community regarding the new administration, especially around perceived support of Israel. We think it is important to look at different sides and create discourse that is inclusive and safe. We talked about the possibility of monthly meetings. We are hopeful to begin these conversations in the new year.
We decided to “kick off” these discussions by joining the Women’s March in Santa Rosa on Jan. 21. The following information was written by Tish.
Please read and consider joining us. Thanks.
Shalom to all, Lyla
The Washington Women’s March is Coming to Sonoma County
A huge march of women, men, children, and families is planned in Washington, DC, on January 21st. Satellite marches and rallies are being planned across the country—including one right here in Santa Rosa.
Beth Ami’s Social Action Committee voted at the Dec. 14th meeting to participate in this march, and to engage Jewish women of Sonoma County, and their allies to do so as well. This is an opportunity for us to come together and to support women, minorities, and immigrants. There will be opportunities to learn more about engagement and activities at a local level. Although the march takes place in downtown Santa Rosa at noon on Shabbat, we felt that the urgency of the situation requires as many of us as possible to attend. The march’s FaceBook site is Sonoma County Stands Together for Women. As of the 15th of December, over 600 people have signed up to go and 1200 have expressed an interest.