Moral Emergency, Moral Minyan. June 27th.

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. 
Here are some links from other Jewish organizations:

ADL – Hidden Children of the Holocaust

We hope you will join us in prayer and action for the reconciliation for these separated families.
Rabbi Marc

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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