Rabbi Gross and his family are on vacation this week. In his absence, Shabbat Services will be led by Mike Kahn who has participated in many services at HCRJ. Please join us on Friday at 6:30pm as Mike leads us in a service accompanied by his beautiful voice and the music of Donna Cameron and Jane Becker. An oneg will follow.
It has been a week since the hate-driven attack on a Bible study group at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston took the lives of nine innocent victims. Within days, communities around the world responded with empathy and love, and a nationwide dialogue has arisen seeking ways to combat festering pockets of hatred which are so detrimental to the fabric of a multi-cultural society.
Acts of hatred have a universal affect. Every time an act of hate is committed, we are reminded that all people are vulnerable. It is therefore incumbent upon each of us to find ways to respond which promote goodness, understanding and wisdom in the place of such darkness.
This Friday night at 6:30, HCRJ will be welcoming a group whose mission is cultural and religious understanding. Their request to join us in worship and learn about Judaism came long before the murders in South Carolina, and in the aftermath of this act of terror, their presence with us becomes even more significant.
Join us Friday night for Shabbat services followed by a light nosh and discussion as we seek to find ways to build understanding and goodness in the world.