Actions in Boulder for Hostages Held in Gaza – Friday and Sunday

During these very hard days, so many in Israel, here and around the world are putting awareness and energy into the plight of the hostages in Gaza and their anguished families.  Members of Boulder’s Jewish community have organized a couple of different events and gatherings in Boulder. Please join!
This Friday, 1-2.30pm, there will be a march and gathering on Pearl Street and outside the court house – details below!

Also, there is now a Boulder chapter of the global project Run for Their Lives working for media visibility for the release of the hostages through a weekly run or walk. The Boulder group will meet at 1pm on Sundays, starting this Sunday, 11/26. Locations provided to those in the WhatsApp group and you can sign up here:  Run4theirlivesBoulder whatsapp group

For more information on how to participate, see the following from Rachel Amaru:

Hi Friends,
I’ve signed up to be the lead in Boulder for the global project Run For Their Lives. The primary goal of this project is to help create media coverage for the release of the people kidnapped and taken hostage by Hamas on October 7 in southern Israel. The project is within the framework of the  Hostages and Missing Families Forum , #BringThemHomeNow.

Groups meet weekly and go out for a short run/ walk (approximately 1 kilometer). Walking is totally fine if you’re not into running (I’m not at all into running!) It takes approximately 18 minutes.

A secondary goal is to strengthen our community, increase endorphins, foster togetherness, hug, support, and get a sense of belonging.

Principles

  • This is an inclusive project. It is not just about Israel, but about all human beings calling for the release of the hostages. 
  • This is a safe group.
  • This is a peaceful group.
  • This is ongoing. We will keep going until all hostages are released.
  • Our power lies in documenting what we do, and sharing videos and photos on social media.
  • We are unified.

If you’re interested in joining…
1. The easiest way, sign up via this link: Run4TheirLives Boulder Coloradochat.whatsapp.com You can also email me on rachelamaru@gmail.com and share your WhatsApp # with me, and I’ll add you to the group.

2. Once you’re added to the group, you’ll receive the location of where we’ll be meeting every week. Please only share this with people you speak to in person. We will be meeting for our walks on Sundays at 1 pm.

3. The What’sApp group is “silent” — you’ll just receive information there. If you have additional questions, please reach out to me via my WhatsApp, or email me: rachelamaru@gmail.com

4. T-shirts can be purchased on Amazon (a link will be shared in the WhatsApp group), or you can just wear a red t-shirt.

5. If you have pictures of the hostages, you can bring those with you. You can also bring Israeli flags, or flags from any of the other countries representing the individuals kidnapped.

6. A Google Drive folder has been set up to store photos from our weekly walks so that people can share them on social media. This info will also be shared in the WhatsApp group.

I hope many of you will join me in this project. 18 minutes per week, 1 kilometer, and the Boulder community coming together to show it cares. Please share this email with anyone you think might be interested in being a part of this.

Our first walk is scheduled for next Sunday, November 26th at 1 pm. If you can’t come every week, that is fine. Just commit to coming as often as you can. All this info is stored in WhatsApp group as well.

B’shalom,
Rachel

May the captives be released speedily in our days, may the wounded and grieving be healed and may we never give up hope for peace.

blessings,
Rabbi Marc

PS – please visit Bonai Shalom’s Israel resources page here ​​​​​​​

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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