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Rabbi for Human Rights in Seattle March 8-10

Rabbi Arik Ascherman will be visiting Seattle this weekend to spread the message about the organization that he co-founded in Israel,  Rabbi for Human Rights.  Rabbi Ascherman has visited Temple Beth Am a number of times over the past 15 years.  The NW Committee to Welcome Rabbi Arik invites you to a Fund Raiser Luncheon on March 8th, noon to 1:30 at Suite 6100 at the Columbia Tower.  Rabbi Ascherman will update about the work of RHR to support human rights of Israelis and Palestinians in Israel. There will be time for questions.  Contact Tom Buchanan if you are interested in attending at clrtom@earthlink.net.

Rabbi Ascherman will also speak at Rock the Shabbat service at Temple DeHirsch Sinai, 6pm, March 8 and will be co-leading Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan at 9:15 AM at Temple Beth Am on Saturday, March 9.

Rabbi Arik  has always been a voice with feet on the ground, encompassing many camps whether it be  Israeli/Palestinian, Bedouin/Druze, Israelis in need of homes.  His presentations are always hopeful and  inspiring.


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Tikkun Olam in Tanzania

Dear Friends,

There are a lot of places to do Tikkun Olam in the world, including of course here.  We practice Tikkun Olam both here in our community, and also as many of you know in different parts of the world – most recently East Africa.

In 2013, we are going to volunteer in Tanzania to work in Massai villages in the north, around Arusha.  One of the projects that we want to do is teach children photography.  And so, we asking you, our friends to consider donating your used digital camera that we can bring along with us.  Photography is a very good way to help children communicate and bring out their creativity.  We have seen many examples of this around the world during our volunteering experiences.

If you don’t have a small digital camera to donate, you can make a small contribution which we will use to buy cameras.

We also want to bring some laptops with us for the NGO we will be working with – RISE Africa.  So please consider that also.  By the way, RISE is registered as a US 501 c 3, so any contributions, either in kind or cash are tax deductible.

Please consider helping.

Many thanks!

Peter and Hinda Schnurman


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Film Screening by AJWS Dec. 12

Film_screeningPlease join American Jewish World Service (AJWS) for cocktails and a private screening of Pray the Devil Back to Hell, a riveting documentary film depicting the extraordinary true story of Liberian women whose nonviolent protest movement helped bring an end to their country’s devastating civil war.

To RSVP, please contact Matt Balaban at mbalaban@ajws.org or 415.593.3298.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2012 • 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, Hosted by AJWS
7:00 p.m. Remarks and film screening

FRYE ART MUSEUM
704 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA

Featuring
Cecelia T. M. Danuweli
West Africa Network for Peacebuilding, Liberia (WIPNET)
Cecelia will share the captivating story of her life before, during and
following the war, including her participation in events depicted in the film.

HOST COMMITTEE:
Deborah Ashin
Merrill Black
Rabbi Jill Borodin
Laura Brandt
Pamela Cowan
Dr. Margaret Crastnopol
Shelly Crocker
Judy de Jonge
Krijn de Jonge
Susan Edelheit
Jeff Gillman
Marcy Gillman
Larry Glosser
Joanne Glosser
Kate Koester
Alexis Kort
Rabbi Lauren Kurland
Lauren Lavoie
Howard Metzenberg
Marcy Migdal
Michael Milder
Sarajane Milder
Steve Miller
Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum
Linda Paros
David Ramenofsky
Carol Silverstein
Kenny Wolf
There will be no solicitation for funds.


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An Invitation to Learn About the Abaudaya Jewish Community of Uganda

Dear Friends,
I am forwarding this invitation to you in the hope that you may want to attend and meet Aaron Kintu Moses.  We have known him for several years and first met him in Uganda in the Abayudaya Jewish Community near Mbale, in Eastern Kenya.  Several years ago we raised some money to help the school build latrines for the students and also purchase a small generator.
While this event may no doubt be of interest to you, and there is no cost, it is a fundraising event.  All of the money that is raised will help the Abaudaya Jewish Community of Uganda.   Indeed Aaron Kintu Moses is a remarkable man and leader of the Abaudaya.
It will be very nice to see you on November 15th.
Thank you!
Peter and Hinda Schnurman

 

You’re Invited!

Please join us in giving a very special welcome to Aaron Kintu Moses, leader of the Abayudaya Jewish community of Uganda!

On Thursday, November 15, we’re having an invitation-only gathering at the home of Howard Metzenberg in Seattle to introduce Aaron Kintu Moses, Headmaster of the Abayudaya primary school in Uganda, during his speaking tour around the United States. This is a special opportunity to meet a remarkable man who has helped lead his community through persecution and poverty as they’ve struggled to maintain their Jewish identity in Africa.

Will you attend?

Location: Please RSVP for location

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2012

Time: 7pm – 9:30pm

A light vegetarian supper will be served.

Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as you can (harriet@kulanu.org). Please also RSVP if you cannot attend.

Howard Metzenberg: metzenberg@gmail.com  cell 360.553.1149

Aaron Kintu Moses will be touring the US from October 18 through November 21 to inform American audiences about the fascinating history and current developments of the inspiring Jews of Uganda. To view the full calendar of events, visit our online calendar. The annual Kulanu-Abayudaya Speaking Tour supports the two Abayudaya schools in Uganda, which educate and feed nearly 800 Jewish, Christian, and Muslim children who study and play together in peace. Kulanu, Inc (www.kulanu.org) is a grassroots non-profit that supports isolated and emerging Jewish communities around the world. You can read more about Kulanu’s work with the Abayudaya at www.kulanu.org/abayudaya

We hope you can make it!

Warm regards,

Harriet


Harriet Bograd, President
Kulanu, Inc

165 West End Ave, 3R
New York, NY 10023

212-877-8082
hbograd@gmail.com
kulanu.org kulanuboutique.com
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Responding to controversy over the Israeli LGBT delegation

This afternoon I attended a meeting of the Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee of the Seattle City Council. Along with several leaders of the Seattle Jewish and LGBT communities, I was there to give public comment about the Seattle Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Commission‘s abrupt decision to cancel a planned meeting with a visiting delegation of LGBT Israelis. Continue reading


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No “Pinkwashing” Here; Israeli LGBT Leaders to Discuss Achievements, Challenges

In all the hullaballoo over gay marriage in the U.S. these days, we forget that there are some countries that have made considerably more progress on LGBT rights. Israel, for one, is the only country in the Middle East and even Asia to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. They cannot be performed in Israel, however. Nor can inter-marriages (between those of different religions) or non-religious marriages, for that matter.

Israel was also the first country in Asia where gays were protected by anti-discrimination laws, and remains the only country in the Middle East to provide such legal protection. In most others, homosexuality is illegal and often punishable by corporal punishment, prison, or even death.

Between March 14th and March 17th we have many opportunities to learn from Israeli leaders in the LGBTQ movement at several venues, including Temple Beth Am:

On Saturday, March 17, Iris Sass-Kochavi, a leader with Tehila (Israeli PFLAG–Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays) will speak about Family Matters: New Generations of LGBTQ inclusion in Israel

Location: Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th St. Seattle

Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM followed by potluck lunch. I hope you all can bring a dish and make the minyan. It’s a sweet, low key service with singing.  Israel, incidentally, is one of only 11 other countries to have a PFLAG chapter. No RSVP required.  

A full schedule of events follows:

All events listed below are public. Unless otherwise noted, please RSVP to LaurenS@Standwithus.com

Wednesday – March 14th
The Quest for LGBTQ Civil Rights – From Tel Aviv to Washington state. 
Location: Jewish Family Service, 1601 16th Avenue, Seattle
Time: 1:50 – 3:30 PM
RSVP to anniej@jewishinseattle.org.
Co-sponsored by Jewish Federation and Jewish Family Service.
Full event description: https://www.facebook.com/events/248831681872380/.

Building an inclusive LGBTQ community in a diverse and dynamic society 
Location: Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle
Time: 6 – 8 PM
Community dinner @ 6PM (cost $5 – RSVP to front_office@seattlefirstbaptist.org)
7PM presentation and discussio – FREE.
Co-sponsored by Seattle First Baptist Church and Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue.
Full event description: https://www.facebook.com/events/363487657018214/

Thursday – March 15th

Puget Sound & Israeli LGBTQ Youth Leaders Professional Convening 
Location: First United Methodist Church, 621 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma
Time: Noon – 3PM
FREE
RSVP to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LGBTQA
Co-sponsored by The Rainbow Center & Oasis Center.
Full event description: https://www.facebook.com/events/343039739072529/.

LGBTQ Life & Civil Rights in Israel presentation and discussion: The panel will share their thoughts on the fight for LGBT civil rights globally, in Israel, and right here in Washington State.
Location: Kitzel’s Crazy Delicious Delicatessen, 514 S. Capitol Way, Olympia
Time: 5-7 PM
FREE
Co-sponsored by Kitzel’s Crazy Delicious Delicatessen
RSVP to LaurenS@standwithus.com

Friday – March 16th

The Case that Changed Marital Rights in Israel: A presentation with Adir Steiner and members of the Alliance of Israeli LGBTQ Educational Organizations.
Location: Perkins Coie, 1201 3rd Ave., Suite 4800, Seattle
Time: 12PM – 1PM Brown Bag Lunch
FREE
Co-sponsored by QLaw – the LGBT Washington Bar Association
RSVP to LaurenS@standwithus.com

LGBTQ Life & Civil Rights in Israel presentation & discussion: Shabbat Service, Community Dinner & Discussion. The panel will share their thoughts on the fight for LGBT civil rights globally, in Israel, and right here in Washington State.
Location: Kol HaNeshamah: West Seattle’s Progressive Synagogue Community @ Alki UCC – 6115 SW Hinds St., Seattle WA
Time: 7 – 9 PM
FREE

Saturday – March 17th

Kol HaNeshamah Torah Study presentation & discussion
Location: Kol HaNeshamah: West Seattle’s Progressive Synagogue Community @ Alki UCC – 6115 SW Hinds St., Seattle WA
Time: 9:30 – 10:30 am
FREE

LGBTQ Life & Civil Rights in Israel presentation & discussion: Shabbat Service & Community Lunch. Adir Steiner who works for the mayor’s office of the City of Tel Aviv, will share his experience and thoughts on the fight for LGBT civil rights globally, in Israel, and here in Washington.
Location: Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave NE, Seattle
Time: 10am – 2:30 pm
FREE

Family Matters: New Generations of LGBTQ inclusion in Israel. Iris Sass-Kochavi, a leader with Tehila (Israeli PFLAG) will talk about LGBTQ family and youth support and community in Israel.
Location: Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th St. Seattle
Time: 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

FREE Screening of “Gay Days,” a documentary about the growth of the LGBTQ movement in Israel, followed by a panel discussion including Adir Steiner who is featured in the film.
Location: Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1511 E. Pike St., Seattle
Time: 7 – 10 PM
FREE
RSVP to LaurenS@standwithus.com
Co-sponsors: Temple De Hirsch Sinai, Congregation Tikvah Chadashah, JConnect, NCJW Seattle Section, Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue, Herzl Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, Temple Beth Am, Congregation Beth Shalom