You’re invited to our next SAC meeting next Tuesday June 9th at 1:00 pm. We will discuss our next Palms meal and share other news. Of course Lyla will lead our merry band of do-gooders. I only have a 40 minute use of Zoom – so you don’t have to pencil in too much time!
Judi Hyman’s Zoom Meeting– check back just before the meeting in case the zoom url changes.
Scheduled: Jun 9, 2020 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Meeting ID: 788 3104 5187
Without doubt, the United States of America has much to be proud of. The great experiment in a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people,” which the founders of this country began almost two hundred and fifty years ago, has brought the blessings of opportunity, freedom and happiness to a vast number of its citizens.
At the same time, we cannot ignore the fact that these blessings have been denied to many Americans, simply by reason of race. This list doesn’t pretend to be exhaustive. Most of us would be shocked at the living conditions both squalid and life-threatening which so many of our people endure, especially those who occupy our inner cities; the sense of hopelessness, and in contrast, the perception of white privilege which guarantee the growing disparity between the empowered and the under-privileged. However, the fact that at this time, when those who are commissioned to protect all citizens are shown to have a long-standing and consistent pattern of abuse and brutality against the Black American population, we cannot be surprised when that segment of our society expresses their fury and has risen in revolt against such treatment.
On the one hand, the number of those in support of the “Black lives matter” movement is a source of encouragement and hope. In establishing the Constitution, the framers clearly sensed the importance of being able to express outrage on the part of the governed through “peaceful assembly.” I believe they were wise enough to realize that it might take such expression to bring about needed change on the part of those who occupied the positions of power. Even today, the vast majority of the people taking part in the current demonstrations are (almost surprisingly) seeking a peaceful way to express their systemic anger at the long history of abuse, both physical and economical, stretching in an unending chain all the way back to the days of slavery.
Tragically, at the same time, there are those individuals who see, in all this, an opportunity to undermine through violence, destruction of property, and pillage, the foundations of our society. Here we depend on our institutions of law-enforcement, local, State and, if necessary, Federal, to assist law-abiding citizens to bring such criminal behavior under control and restore order.
A greater tragedy would befall our society, if we were to mix up these two groups. We should not use the latter civil disobedience as an excuse to attack all those other people for using their right to peacefully assemble and bring their legitimate issues to the public forum.
It’s been about 170 years since this country was almost cast asunder by the American Civil War. It’s fortunate outcome was the official end to slavery. While emancipation was a major milestone, it could never be considered the end of the road. True, there have been important steps taken towards bringing the black community into line with the majority of its citizens, but the truth is, the expressions of outright racism and, in this case, brutality, the clear inequality of opportunity in the economic and educational areas, continue to pervade our society. This is truly a blight on all of us.
The response of “All lives matter,” to “Black lives matter,” misses the point entirely! True, the black community is hardly the only community that experiences bigotry or racism in our country. However, the fact that their predecessors were forcibly brought to this country under inhumane conditions, the length of time they have had to endure racial discrimination, economic abuse and brutality, makes a compelling argument for the need to address this outrage in an immediate and determined way.
At this point in history, it becomes imperative to devote significant resources to work with the black community to address the wrongs of history: to do our best to re-educate and hold accountable those who suffer from the social disease of racism. By working to grant the opportunities of full citizenship to that segment of the population that has suffered the most, we can begin a process of securing the blessings of this nation and its Constitution to all who come under its banner.
Rabbi Mordecai Miller
Congregation Beth Ami
Santa Rosa, CA
It’s a sad fact that folk dancing does not lend itself to social distancing in any way. Even without holding hands, the increased respiration and movement through a shared space, and for a long duration of time, has much more potential for virus transmission than quiet sitting activities, or briefly passing people on a walk. I don’t think I could manage to dance while wearing a mask; most people have said that they could not dance in masks as well. So I’m feeling pretty discouraged about this hobby i love so much.
There are lots of zoom groups and facebook live streams designed to help people who want to watch, hear the music, and dance in their homes.
I’ll list them below as i get notices.
Orly and Aaron host choreographers in zoom dancing Wednesdays 6:00-9:00 pm Pacific
zoom.us/j/512501420 (Password: balagan)
Rosh Chodesh women’s group will meet Sunday May 24 at 11 a.m. via Zoom, to welcome the beautiful month of Sivan, and learn about the mystical qualities of the counting of the Omer. Lee Feinstein will talk about the creation of her Omer quilt, and the meanings behind the symbols. Open to all Jewish women. One side effect of zoom is, you can attend from afar! Invite your far-flung friends. Zoom url address
Lee’s quilt, along with a chart of the symbolic meanings of the Omer:
The omer refers to the 49-day period between the second night of Passover (Pesach) and the holiday of Shavuot. This period marks the beginning of the barley harvest when, in ancient times, Jews would bring the first sheaves to the Temple as a means of thanking God for the harvest. The word omer literally means “sheaf” and refers to these early offerings.
The Torah itself dictates the counting of the seven weeks following Passover:
“You shall count from the eve of the second day of Pesach, when an omer of grain is to be brought as an offering, seven complete weeks. The day after the seventh week of your counting will make fifty days, and you shall present a new meal offering to God (Leviticus 23:15-16).”
In its biblical context, this counting appears only to connect the first grain offering to the offering made at the peak of the harvest. As the holiday of Shavuot became associated with the giving of the Torah, and not only with a celebration of agricultural bounty, the omer period began to symbolize the thematic link between Passover and Shavuot.
While Passover celebrates the initial liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt, Shavuot marks the culmination of the process of liberation, when the Jews became an autonomous community with their own laws and standards. Counting up to Shavuot reminds us of this process of moving from a slave mentality to a more liberated one.
Shalom everyone, we had a very productive meeting and I want to fill in those who couldn’t make it. We missed you!
First off, thanks to Judy, Judi and Susan for distributing the food to members in our community. Of course a huge thanks to Bernard and Maria. I thanked them on behalf of SAC. Also thanks to Judy for organizing the food distribution.
Yesterday, Judi wanted to see if there was any way we could provide food to The Palms. We came up with an idea to prepare individual portions. Bobbi called The Palms and we have organized a delivery on next Wednesday. Please read Bobbie’s notes below. Next time those of you who aren’t participating can help as I know everyone might want to.
Secondly, Ellen told us about writing postcards to encourage people to vote in states other than California. The organization that is sponsoring this effort is Indivisible. Here is the info about writing postcards and other activities that Indivisible is sponsoring. https://mailchi.mp/ba3858056219/soco-activist-news-522020?e=33e39a3762. Funny thing happened today. I went to pick up postcards, both Michele and Judi were there at the exact same time!
Anyway, hope you are well. I hope we will have another zoom meeting soon.
Take care , lyla
We will be serving individual dinners to the residence of the Palms on Wednesday, May 13th
Meals will be meatballs pasta and sauce. Dessert will be in separate containers or Ziploc bags.
Individual meals will be provided by Judi ,Lyla, Karen ,Susan , Cheryl and Bobbie. Will each make 12 individual portions.
Dessert will be provided by Ellen and Michelle.
Judi will get the individual containers they will be available at her house for pick up Friday after 2:00.
We will all me on Wednesday, May 13. 3 o’clock parking lot Beth Ami. We will load all of the food into one car and that person will drop it off at the Palms.
Please feel free if I got anything wrong to correct me. And a big thank you for everyone being willing to do this. I am proud to be on a committee with all of you.
Calling all CBA Foodies… One benefit of the Corona19 is we are all cooking at home and enjoying more meals together. Have you been cooking in your kitchen lately? What recipes have you been using? Old family recipes? New ones? Let’s share our food ideas with each other. Please include any story behind your choice and your first name if you like. Email pdf or doc attachments to Leanne@sonic.net with CBA recipe as the subject.
CBA Curried Lentils with Sweet Potatoes and Swiss Chard
Eight Days of Remembrance
– from sorrow to redemption
What is called the Israeli High Holidays starts with commemorating the losses of the Jewish people and ends with a celebration and giving of thanks.
Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) began the evening of April 20. It commemorates the acts of violence against our fellow Jews in WWII, specifically the murder of our brothers and sisters and other innocents by Nazis and their collaborators. Many of us have family who died at the hands of the Nazis.
A week later, we observe Yom HaZikaron, a day to remember all those who died defending our homeland in Israel from other aggressors. We remember the sacrifice of both soldiers and civilians who died at the hands of terrorists or in battle. The full name of the day is Yom HaZikaron LeHalalei Ma’arakhot Yisrael ul’Nifge’ei Pe’ulot HaEivah (יוֹם הזִּכָּרוֹן לַחֲלָלֵי מַעֲרָכוֹת יִשְׂרָאֵל וּלְנִפְגְעֵי פְּעוּלוֹת הָאֵיבָה), the Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism. Many of us have friends and relatives who were murdered for the sake of our name.
Yet we are directed to leave our grief behind starting the evening of April 28 as we celebrate the miracle of the modern Jewish State of Israel. In normal times we would dance the hora, hear Israeli folk music, light bonfires, and celebrate throughout the streets. This year will be different due to COVID-19. Here in Santa Rosa, we needed to postpone our scholar in residence talks on Jewish Identity. Instead, let us turn to our computers and watch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxzR9Z-kG6Q a celebration from two years ago and sing along with the prayer to protect our children and this land from the hatred all around us.
Here are some ideas from the Reform movement:
- Prepare a special meal to celebrate the holiday. Find an Israeli recipe that appeals to you and give it a try!
- Change your Facebook profile picture to the Israeli flag or wish Israel a happy birthday on social media to share your love of the Jewish homeland.
- Do a Yom HaAtzmaut craft project with your children. Options include creating easy tear flags, pretty painted planters, or celebratory pinwheels.
Here is a brief video telling more about Yom HaAtzmaut.
Natan Sharansky – Five tips to get through the Quarantine
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Concepts & Misconceptions about Israel, Zionism, and Jews
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