Tikkun Olam at Temple Beth Am

Connecting our congregation to social action opportunities

Freedom Shabbat – January 11, 2013

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Musical Performance: 7:30pm
Service: 8:00 pm

I am pleased to remind you of the annual Temple Beth Am Freedom Shabbat service on Friday, January 11, 2013.  Each year, our congregation joins in celebration and education about our relationship as Jews to the life and work of Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr.

So often, it can seem that working for peace and justice involves choosing from a laundry list of “issues” that are addressed as separate concerns.  As citizens, it behooves us to examine the connections between various struggles against oppression in order to further a more just society.

To that end, we are so very pleased to have Dr. Michael K. Honey speak at this year’s service.  Dr. Honey is the Haley Professor of Humanities at the University of Washington-Tacoma. He is the award-winning author of a number of books and a community activist. He will be speaking on the topic of, “The Interconnectedness between Racism, Poverty and War”.

We will again be honoring a number of congregants who have been involved in numerous tikkun olam actions.  While it is not possible to include everyone in reading from the bima, this year we want to invite anyone who has been engaged in this important work to join on the bima at the Torah service for a group aliyah and blessing from Rabbi Beth.  Please spread the word amongst your colleagues in action about this opportunity/honor.

New this year, we will begin our evening of celebration with a musical performance at 7:30pm with Shades of Praise/Jubilation Choir of St. Therese Parish, under the direction of Mr. Kent Stevenson.  We are honored to share this joyous evening with these exuberant singers.  Please help us to express our collective appreciation for their time by attending this part of our evening’s event.

Finally, I want to let you know that this is my fourth – and final – year coordinating this wonderful service.  I am passing on the role to Leigh Hofheimer who has worked with me on this year’s service.  Please join me in welcoming her to this important effort.

For justice!

Susan Picard – Coordinator, Freedom Shabbat Service

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