Bonai Shalom to Host Boulder Islamic Center for Kiddush Lunch

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.

About Rabbi Marc Soloway

Marc is a native of London, England where he was an actor and practitioner of complimentary medicine before training as a rabbi in London, Jerusalem and Los Angeles. He was ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinical Studies at the American Jewish University in 2004 and has been the the spiritual leader at Bonai Shalom in Boulder ever since. Marc was a close student of Rabbi Zalman Schechter Shalomi and received an additional smicha (rabbinic ordination) from him in 2014, just two months before he died. He has been the host and narrator of two documentary films shown on PBS; A Fire in the Forest: In Search of the Baal Shem Tov and Treasure under the Bridge: Pilgrimage to the Hasidic Masters of Ukraine. Marc is a graduate of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality, a fellow of Rabbis Without Borders, has traveled to Ghana in a rabbinic delegation with American Jewish World Service and co-chair of the Rabbinical Council and national board member of Hazon, which strives to create more sustainable Jewish communities. In 2015, Marc was among a group of 12 faith leaders honored at The White House as “Champions of Change” for work on the climate. Marc is a proud member of Beit Izim, Boulder’s Jewish goat milking co-op.

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