An Evening of Presence, Reckoning and Healing
October 18, 2018 - 7:30pm

Like many of you, we have been paying close attention to the news over the past weeks and have been deeply aware of the sense of division in our country, especially, right now, in regards to questions of power and gender.  Questions about who we are as men and women, about the culture(s) we were raised in and in which we want to raise the next generation, the role of power and privilege in our society, how women and men speak to each other and about each other:  we are part of a national conversation that is painful.  

These matters are important to us, as Americans and as Jews.  And, we have heard from many of you that for you, too, there is an urgent need for our community to address these topics, especially around the ways that our Jewish tradition and community can help us navigate both our personal responses and the difficult waters of this national moment.  

To this end, we invite you to a nonpartisan Temple Shir Tikva event:

This will be an opportunity to explore teachings from our tradition concerning these challenges and to gather in support of one another.  

The evening will provide multiple pathways to engage in reflection, learning and healing, inviting attendees to choose an experience that works best for them.  There will be chances for prayer, discussion, song, study, meditation, poetry, art, and reflection, led by our clergy and educators, as well as lay leaders with expertise in this field.  Whatever our personal and political experiences of this moment may be, we remember that the commandment "Sh'ma Yisrael," "Listen, Israel," is central to our faith, and that being present with and hearing each other is a skill we must especially practice at this time.

As we write this, we don't yet know what decision the Senate will make today about the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh.  But, our need to come together is not about this specific case. Rather, it is about issues that have come to the fore through the hearings and the responses to them, many of which are weighing heavily upon us. 

We view this program as part of a broader reflection from our High Holy Days about ourselves, our actions, and our society, and we want to make sure that our synagogue is a space where we can come together to do this holy work.

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