In 1963 Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel proposed declaring “a state of moral emergency” and called for “high moral grandeur and spiritual audacity.” The separation of families that we are witnessing at our borders is a moral emergency that transcends politics. 27 major Jewish organizations from across the denominations have signed on to a letter condemning the “zero tolerance” immigration policy that has led to 1,000s of children being separated from their parents. The images and the sounds of crying children are heart breaking and we cannot stand idly by in the face of this cruelty that evokes the trauma of our own past as a people and will damage these children for life.
Next Wednesday, June 27th at 5:00 pm at the ICE detention Center, 3130 North Oakland Street, Aurora, CO.80010. Speakers will include event organizers Naomi Feiman (MD, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics), Alan Rosenfeld (JD, Battered Women and Children’s Advocate) and Rabbi Marc Soloway (Congregation Bonai Shalom), as well as Rabbi Fred Greene (Congregation Har HaShem), along with other rabbis and leaders. Join us for Moral Minyan: Families Belong Together. Prayers for Justice and Healing. We will pray, sing, sound the shofar and share words in a gathering of the Jewish community and friends. We will be carpooling from the Boulder JCC parking lot at 3:45 pm. More details to follow soon.
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Making our voices heard at the polls is essential, an honor and a hard-won right.