Hi everyone, I hope you had a good Thanksgiving and are still smiling because of our R74 victory. Kolenu, Seattle’s Jewish LGBTQ Young Adult group(http://kolenuseattle.blogspot.com) hosts a Hanukkah party every year where they honor LGBTQ leaders in our community. This year, the event will focus on the effort to achieve marriage equality in Washington State. I want to encourage everyone to come and also to invite your friends, congregation, and organizational members to come also. The event is open to the public. There will be a program where we will honor individuals and communities. Please come and please spread the word! See below for more details.—–Kolenu invites you to their 4th Annual Light the Night: A GLBTQ HanukkahEnjoy tasty latkes, colorful dreidels, music and a beautiful candle lighting symbolizing both the miracle of Hanukkah and the idea that great leadership and community action will prevail against oppression.This year, we are fortunate to celebrate a new “miracle” in our time: marriage equality in Washington State. In this spirit, we will be honoring community leaders who were active in Referendum 74.FREE and open to the community. Allies, friends and family welcome. Due to the location, this is a 21+ event.This event is made possible through the generous support of Jconnect Seattle, The Lobby Bar, Three Dollar Bill Cinema, Jewish Family Service, and The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.What: 4th Annual Light the Night: A GLBTQ HanukkahWhere: The Lobby Bar (916 E. Pike Street, Seattle, Washington 98122)When: December 11, 2012 6-8 pmFacebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/483533345003014/
Marriage for lesbian and gay couples is legal! What’s next? Legal Voice (www.legalvoice.org) created a memo, Questions and Answers: Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in Washington, to answer many frequently asked questions regarding marriage in Washington. Take a look:
Election Day is less than three weeks away. Ballots started arriving in the mail this week. Washington United for Marriage and the effort to Approve R74 need your help today. More than 100 phone banks are operating across Washington State. Five of the phone banks are being held at Jewish locations.
Now more than ever, volunteers are needed to contact undecided voters. Calling undecided voters will make the difference between winning and losing R74. Please consider volunteering a couple of nights each week until Election Day.
The following phone banks need your help! If you can help on any of the days listed please RSVP to the contact for each phone bank. Volunteers are trained, fed, and supported throughout. If you have a laptop and a cellphone bring both. Weekday phone banks run from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Weekend phone banks have more shifts available.
Temple Beth Am: W, Th
2632 Northeast 80th Street, Seattle, WA 98115
Kol HaNeshamah: M, Th
Alki United Congregational Church
6115 Southwest Hinds Street, Seattle, WA 98116
4745 17^th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Temple De Hirsch Sinai: Everyday
1511 E. Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122
Temple Beth Hatfiloh: M
201 8th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501
Bellevue Action Center: Sun-Th
13300 SE 30^th Suite 200, Bellevue, WA 98005
Thank you for everything you have done to date. In just a few weeks and with your help Washington will APPROVE R 74 and guarantee the freedom to marry for all loving and committed couples.
On Sunday, over 250 faith leaders and church goers marched more than a mile through the Greenwood and Phinney Ridge neighborhoods of Seattle in support of Referendum 74. The all-ages crowd waved signs and carried banners as passing motorists waved and honked in support of the right of marriage for all.
We’ve all heard it too many times, with varying degrees of sincerity and textual analysis: homosexual acts are an abomination; the Bible says so. Period. End of discussion.
Fortunately, Judaism thrives on discussion. In furtherance of that, I wanted to share with everyone the d’var that was presented by a bat mitzvah on our very own bima at Temple Beth Am just a couple weeks ago:
My particular Torah portion, Achre Mot – Kedoshim, includes a multitude of rules that many people follow to the letter, word for word. Many people, scholars and lay people alike, have asked, “Should every rule of the Torah be followed to the letter?” My question is this: “Are we really reading them carefully enough? Or are we just depending upon one narrow interpretation about what they mean?” Continue reading