As we enter 2016, there is plenty in the world to scare us, with threats facing us from radical extremism, from our climate, from gun violence. There is some dangerous rhetoric out there that plays on some of these fears by demonizing others in our community. Many of us in Boulder’s Jewish community have started to form some very positive connections with our neighbors at the Boulder Islamic Center, and were there when they hosted us for an open house in December.
We think that these friendships are crucial and that we need to stand up against a culture that wants to make us enemies; standing together in peace and friendship. A whole group of families is sponsoring a special Kiddush lunch at Bonai Shalom on January 16th at around noon to welcome our Muslim neighbors, breaking bread together and engaging in informal dialogue.
The Shabbat is during Martin Luther King weekend, which feels like a very appropriate time for this gathering, as a way of honoring the legacy a man who stood up for justice, equality and civil rights. Feel free to join us as we dream of a better, safer future for our world.