Weekly Edition: June 5th, 2020

Shabbat shalom. As we head into Shabbat, in this moment, we must not be silent. And more than that, we must take action.

We acknowledge that our families and our community have been able to flourish even while assimilating, because for most of us, we are able to pass. We may have experienced challenges, but for most of us those were not made more difficult by the color of our skin. This is white privilege.

We have spent the last several months staying safe at home. We are privileged to be able to do this. We acknowledge the disparities in health access, economic reality and resources that make this impossible for some of our friends and fellow community members.

Justice, justice shall you pursue. We read this every year. We cannot turn our eyes from the injustice that is right in front of us.

We stand in solidarity with the Black community who yet again is subject to pain and suffering at the hands of a racist and unjust system. We continue to join the call for immediate accountability, justice, and action to dismantle systemic racism in the U.S. And we honor the memory of George Floyd, who was horrifically murdered by police.

— Anti-Defamation League

The ADL has tagged this #JusticeShabbat. Their post (shared from their website) includes resources for learning, listening and building awareness. In addition, on Saturday morning in Boulder there will be a peaceful march, starting at 10 am at the Courthouse on Pearl Street with 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence, then a march to the Dairy Arts Center and back.

“You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it (Pirkei Avot, 2:21).”

We are committed to moving beyond listening and learning, and to taking action to dismantle this unjust system. We hope to see you along the way.

Pandemic-related resources

You can find all of our local community virtual services at the “Jewish Community Virtual Offerings” link below under “Events”. There is also a link to the list of online programs being offered by the Boulder JCC.

If you have something to entertain or engage people that you’d like to get out there, let us know!

Meanwhile, here are sources that will have the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 in Boulder and Colorado:

Stay safe, stay healthy, and have a great weekend.

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Adventure Judaism Weekly Virtual Events:

Thursdays 11:00 am Storytime with Sadie and Ori 
Fridays 6:00 pm Shabbat Gathering with Rabbi Jamie Korngold

Click here to see online programs offered by our Jewish Community organizations.
Click here to see online programs offered by the Boulder Jewish Community Center.

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About Editor

I'm David Fellows, and I've served as a writer, photographer and/or an editor on my junior high and high school newspapers; the Daily Trojan at USC (where I earned my journalism degree); the student newspaper at the Anderson School at UCLA (where I earned my MBA); and I've written and edited countless business documents and presentations in the ensuing twenty years. I was also a professional photographer from 1978 to 1988 (although you never really stop...). I've been involved Jewishly since my bris and in Boulder since 1995. I'm married to my Executive Director Cheryl, and we have two children, Lauren and Ethan.

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