The High Holidays are an incredible time of reflection and rejuvenation here at JWW . Individually and as a staff we take stock of the year behind us and think forward to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead – and all of you out there that join us in our work to build a world without genocide inspire us to forge ahead with renewed energy and commitment.
We’re honored that so many of our member rabbis were inspired enough by the work of JWW to speak about our mission to end genocide and mass atrocities during the High Holidays! Rabbi Wolpe of Temple Sinai spoke during Kol Nidre services (at minute 19:21), about JWW Founding President Janice Kamenir-Reznik, who had spoken on Shabbat to the Sinai Temple community the previous week about her experiences in Congo. In fact, Janice worked overtime during the High Holidays. She spoke at 5 different Rosh Hashanah services at Valley Beth Shalom (thank you Janice!!!) and at both of the Mt. Sinai Kever Avot services. In her remarks at the Kever Avot services Janice honored her father’s memory by sharing how he inspired her to a life committed to social justice based in Jewish values.
Our Executive Director, Tzivia Schwartz-Getzug, led off the Shofarot service during Rosh Hashanah at Adat Ari El, with JWW activists reading pieces from the JWW Call and Response Booklet alongside her. Temple Israel of Hollywood, the nation’s first Conflict Mineral Free Congregation, chose JWW as one of two projects that will be supported by their High Holiday appeal. Rabbi Dara Frimmer of Temple Isaiah, asked her congregants to “start the year out right” by taking the actions in our Call and Response postcard book. Temple Beth Am included Rabbi Schulweis’s poem Hineni in their Rosh Hashanah supplement as inspiration for involvement. JWW Harold M. Schulweis Rabbinic Intern, Greg Metzger, led JWW interactive learning based on the our work using the template of teshuva, tefilah and tzedaka at Temple B’nai Hayim on Yom Kippur.
Did your rabbi or someone in your congregation (maybe even you) say something from the pulpit during the High Holidays that made you proud to be a part of the family of JWW activists? Please share the inspiration with the rest of us! Post the text or a link in the comments – looking forward to hearing from you!