Shomeret Shalom Rabbinic School and Global Congregation

Shomeret Shalom Rabbinic School and Global Congregation

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Coming up this Friday:
MIKO PELED: Trump and the Prospects for Peace -
What is Next for Palestine/Israel ?

Presentation by the son of an Israeli General who believes that, for the good of everyone, the separation should end and be replaced by a secular democracy where Israelis and Palestinian live as equals in their shared homeland.

Location: Our Saviors Lutheran Church - Sanctuary -
1035 Carol Lane - Lafayette, CA 94549

Friday Oct 6th 2017

6 to 7 pm reception, refreshments provided
7 to 9 pm presentation and Q & A
9 pm book signing, mingling

Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door; STUDENTS FREE.

About This Event:
The indecisiveness and ignorance of the Trump administration and the bluntness of the Netanyahu government have changed the discussion on Palestine/Israel. No more Two State Solution, but rather a Single state between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea. The question now is this: Will it be a democracy with equal rights or an Apartheid State?
Miko Peled is an Israeli-born writer an activist. Born to a prominent Zionist family which includes a grandfather who was a signor of the Israeli declaration of independence and a father who was a general in the Israeli army. After a 30-year-career in teaching martial arts in California, Miko found himself confronted with the Israeli Palestinian issue in all of its horror: His 13-year-old niece was killed by Palestinians in a su***de attack in Jerusalem.
This brought about a major shift that Miko describes in his 2012 memoir (updated in 2016), "The Generals Son, Journey of an Israeli in Palestine."

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Co-sponsors include Jewish Voice for Peace, Friends of Sabeel, Mt Diablo Peace & Justice Center, Friendly Favors, and more.
MIKO PELED: Trump and the Prospects for Peace -
What is Next for Palestine/Israel ?

Oct 6th 2017 - Friday at 6 PM

Location: Our Saviors Lutheran Church - Sanctuary -
1035 Carol Lane - Lafayette, CA 94549

Presentation by the son of an Israeli General who believes that, for the good of everyone, the separation should end and be replaced by a secular democracy where Israelis and Palestinian live as equals in their shared homeland.

6 to 7 pm reception, refreshments provided
7 to 9 pm presentation and Q & A
9 pm book signing, mingling

Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door, students free.

www.ourpeacecenter.org

About This Event
The indecisiveness and ignorance of the Trump administration and the bluntness of the Netanyahu government have changed the discussion on Palestine/Israel. No more Two State Solution, but rather a Single state between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea. The question now is this: Will it be a democracy with equal rights or an Apartheid State?

Miko Peled is an Israeli-born writer an activist. Born to a prominent Zionist family which includes a grandfather who was a signer of the Israeli declaration of independence and a father who was a general in the Israeli army. After a 30-year-career in teaching martial arts in California, Miko found himself confronted with the Israeli Palestinian issue in all of its horror: His 13-year-old niece was killed by Palestinians in a su***de attack in Jerusalem. This brought about a major shift that Miko describes in his 2012 memoir (updated in 2016), "The Generals Son, Journey of an Israeli in Palestine."

Co-sponsored by the Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center
and Jewish Voice for Peace
Dear friends, I'll be praying at Chochmat HaLev this year, as well as leading RH & YK prayers as part of the Youth & Family Programing in my new role as Director of Youth & Family Programing at Chochmat. On YK I'll be teaching texts on Sanctuary relevant to our time, reading from Torah, as well as hosting the incredible Yiddish dancer Erik Bendix who will join us during the youth & family program. Find out what this community has to offer! See you there.
My name is Reiko and I am writing you to urge your congregation to partner/endorse and join the nationwide protests called by Refuse Fascism.org: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go! In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America!

Here is a link to the Facebook event page for the local demonstration:

2pm July 15, UN Plaza in San Francisco

On July 15, with conviction and courage, overcoming fear and uncertainty, we must act together to resist and say NO! Not for ourselves alone, but in the name of humanity.
Please contact me. I would like to talk to you about it. 510-253-5551.

Looking forward to hearing from you!
https://refusefascism.org/2017/06/09/july-15-2017-in-cities-across-the-country-demonstrate/

Rabbinic ordination and public education. Learn the legacy and applied arts of Jewish nonviolence, cultural arts and earth stewardship. Welcome to the page of Shomeret Shalom Rabbinic School and Global Congregation.

We offer rabbinic ordination and training in the applied arts of Jewish nonviolence and peacebuilding, Judaic arts and Torah Study. We offer Bnai Mitzvah Training, Open House Sabbaths, and Public Witness opportunities. This page features our events, classes, workshops, and semester schedule. Our mission is to educate rabbis, community leaders, and the public at large in the principles and practices of The Torah of Nonviolence. Our pedagogical approach to nonviolence education includes field work, scholarship and research, training in performance and visual arts, a critical examination of self and society, spiritual support, and student creativity in shaping the pursuit of Jewish and world knowledge.

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Blog 02/24/2021

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Dear friends, One visit to a family whose father was slaughtered by Baruch Goldstein on Purim changed my relationship to the holiday. My latest blog addresses Purim's chapter on the slaughter of one's enemies which is often skipped or ignored. While Purim schpiels make fun of many things, perhaps we should follow Shakespeare's lead, and in the midst of comedy take a moment in Chapter 9 to mourn the ways in which we have turned our backs on Palestinians who are delegitimized as 'Amalek' by millions of Jewish people and face real life violence daily. As a Shomeret Shalom, what does solidarity look like on Purim? ANd join me for Chochmat Halev's shared Purim for my 90 second visual interpretation of Chapter nine on Thursday night.

Blog Overcast winter skies deepen the chill of the stone floor, the only remains of a Palestinian family home. I sip hot tea graced by a sprig of mint as family members talk about the massacre. In...

02/07/2021

Shomeret Shalom Rabbinic School and Global Congregation updated their address.

Shomeret Shalom Rabbinic School and Global Congregation updated their address.

forward.com 09/29/2020

The nation’s first Asian-American rabbi speaks out on Judaism and race

forward.com Angela Buchdahl was the first Asian-American ordained as a cantor or rabbi. Here’s her Yom Kippur sermon on race and Judaism.

09/09/2020

Join me, Dave Ragland and Benjamen Mertz for a ceremonial conversation and enactment of Teshuvah and Reparations. Now is the time to live into the future. Accept our invitation and move into the season of repentance and reparations with the strength of spiritual leadership and the beautiful resilience of Afro-centric/Jewish traditions. Can't wait to share moment of hope.

We are honored to be joined Dr. David Ragland, director of the campaign for Truth and Reparations as well as the co-founder and co-director of The Truth Telling Project. Dr. Ragland and Rabbi Lynn will explore the spiritual framework of Tesuvah--repair, return, atonement--in light of the call for reparations as part of the healing of systemic racism and anti-blackness in the U.S. Link in comments to register!

Image description: A photo of David Ragland and Rabbi Lynn together smiling. A quote from Dr. David Ragland reads: "No one is coming to save us. We have to do it ourselves. The appeal for a hero has to be to us, people of color, black folk and white folk who know this is wrong.” Text at the bottoms reads "Teshuvah and Reparations with Rabbi Lynn and David Ragland."

09/01/2020

Bend the Arc Jewish Action

This morning, over 600 Jewish organizations, synagogues, and congregations signed this full-page ad in The New York Times: “We say unequivocally: Black Lives Matter.”

The Black Lives Matter movement is the current day Civil Rights movement in this country, and it is our best chance at equity and justice. By supporting this movement, we can build a country that fulfills the promise of freedom, unity, and safety for all of us, no exceptions.

We are proud to support this movement — and we know that there have always been Black Jews in movements for Black liberation and in Jewish communities. Our Jewish community must continue to rise up for Black lives, including Black Jews, with all of our spiritual, political and intellectual resources.

View the full ad and all of the signers here: https://medium.com/@jewishorgssayblacklivesmatter/majority-of-american-jews-in-full-page-new-york-times-ad-unequivocally-black-lives-matter-60ae44e7c305

grassrootsreparations.org 08/26/2020

Reparations is the midpoint between truth and reconciliation

Check out this wonderful resource on reparations. Honored to be part of the organizing team. This resource has everything you need to take meaningful and healing reparations actions. Overcome despair with repair!

grassrootsreparations.org working to create a culture of reparations

chochmat.org 07/01/2020

We’ve Got Heart! A Sampling of Our Youth Program

Chochmat HaLev is ready for these times! Join us July 19 for a Sampling of our dynamic youth & family program for ages k - 7th grade, with age appropriate and mentor lead activities. This July we'll dive into a Shomeret Adamah program & explore the birds in our own backyards and neighborhood. Learn what Judaism has to say about taking care of birds and have a good time doing it! Enter the new year enrolled in an art-filled, justice oriented, kid led Jewish learning program on zoom with small group, physically distant friendship groups and family activities and support.

chochmat.org Sunday, July 19 10:30am On Zoom – RSVP to get the link RSVP Buy Tickets on Eventbrite var exampleCallback = function() { console.log('Order complete!'); }; window.EBWidgets.createWidget({ widgetType: 'checkout', eventId: '111908543466', modal: true, modalTriggerElementId: 'eventbrite-widget-modal-...

06/16/2020

FRIENDS You don't want to miss this amazing conversation in honor of Juneteenth with Prof. Margaret Burnham, Dave Ragland from the Truth Telling Project, Woullard Lett of N'COBRA and Soul Fire Farm's Leah Penniman. See you tomorrow, register today! AND SHARE WIDELY

Living into a New Normal is a series that the Community of Living Traditions at Stony Point Center has created to explore the world that the COVID19 pandemic reveals. Using the lenses of our religious and spiritual traditions, our experiences of intentional community and mutual aid, and our connection to intersectional movements for justice and peace, we will try to understand and imagine how to harness this difficult time to live into a shared journey toward a new normal that will serve the needs of all.

On June 17th from 5-6:30pm join us as we commemorate Juneteenth and speak to: Truth & Reparations in response to Police Violence in a Time of Global Pandemic.
Featuring:
- Woullard Lett, NCOBRA moderator
- Professor Margaret Burnham, civil rights & restorative justice project university distinguished professor of law Northeastern University
- Leah Penniman, Soul Fire Farm & Author of Farming While Black
- Dr. David Ragland, Cofounder and CoDirector of Truth Telling Project and Director of the Reparations Campaign

You can register for the event here: https://bit.ly/3hxt9zs

#soulfirefarm #juneteenth #reparations

goodnewsnetwork.org 05/28/2020

Jewish Brothers Collect Yarmulkes to Make Face Masks For Houston’s Homeless

Love this expression of mutual aid and a great way to reuse those pesky b'mitzvah yarmulkas no one knows what to do with.

goodnewsnetwork.org Jewish brothers in Houston, TX, Matthew and Jeremy Jason, are making face masks from yarmulkes for project called Kippahs to the Rescue

chochmat.org 05/13/2020

The Lost Torah of Regina Jonas, Woman Rabbi (Shavuot)

I'm offering another class, free on zoom: An evening of storytelling about the first Ashkenazi female identified person ordained as a rabbi, Regina Jonas. I will introduce her with a story from two other predecessors: Rabbi Asnat Barzani from Kurdistan and Rebbe Hannah Rochel of Ludmir. Learn from the torah of women as well as how they are remembered by their communities. May 31 at 6 PM PST - 9 PM EST. Like me, Regina served the deaf community and performed theater with youth and families. What?! I love how she parted her hair and combed it under her amazing hat! Unfortunately no pics of her smiling.
Part of the JCC East Bay 32 Annual Tikkun: Community Day of Learning with Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb Sunday, May 31, 6pm Free! RSVP to get the Zoom link RSVP Buy Tickets on Eventbrite var exampleCallback = function() { console.log('Order complete!'); }; window.EBWidgets.createWidget({ widgetType: 'checkout...

chochmat.org Part of the JCC East Bay 32 Annual Tikkun: Community Day of Learning with Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb Sunday, May 31, 6pm Free! RSVP to get the Zoom link RSVP Buy Tickets on Eventbrite var exampleCallback = function() { console.log('Order complete!'); }; window.EBWidgets.createWidget({ widgetType: 'checkout...

chochmat.org 05/12/2020

Shining Light Across the Distance

chochmat.org Jewish Mourning and Grief Rituals with Lynn Gottlieb May 12 (Lag b’Omer), 7pm The Omer Week of Hod – Honor/Splendor Chochmat Members $5; General Admission $10 Buy Tickets Buy Tickets on Eventbrite var exampleCallback = function() { console.log('Order complete!'); }; window.EBWidgets.createWidget...

chochmat.org 05/11/2020

Shining Light Across the Distance

Join me this Tuesday for stories, songs and ceremony connected to Jewish mourning practices. I'll tell the story of Regina Jonas, first Ashkenazi woman rabbi and her words of comfort to Jews in Terezin.

chochmat.org Jewish Mourning and Grief Rituals with Lynn Gottlieb May 12 (Lag b’Omer), 7pm The Omer Week of Hod – Honor/Splendor Chochmat Members $5; General Admission $10 Buy Tickets Buy Tickets on Eventbrite var exampleCallback = function() { console.log('Order complete!'); }; window.EBWidgets.createWidget...

chochmat.org 12/06/2019

Kandelikas: A Sefardic-Klezmer Hanukah

Put on your yamakah, it's time for Hanukah, spin your dreydl and drink your gin and tonika. Join me at Chochmat Halev for a fantastic party. All ages welcome. I will be storytelling at 4:30PM. At Chochmat Halev we believe all of us are in the light. Not by might and not by military power. Shine a light on the struggle for freedom & equity across all borders. Dance it out with great music, drinking, spinning dreydls, latkes, fried donuts, grassroots homemade, beautiful cheap art for sale. Bring kids & elders. Celebrate each other at this time of year.

chochmat.org with the Aaron Katz Klezmer Band feat. Peter Bonos Sunday, December 22 4-7:30pm Join us for a post-modern, inclusive spin on the classic celebration of Jews and fried foods! Whether you light the candles from left to right, right to left, or start with one or eight, your tradition is at home with us...

10/12/2019

Jews in ALL Hues

A huge blessings and thanksgiving for Queer people who have been on the front lines of every liberation struggle in human history. May this year bring blessings and recognition and security and love. Thanks to Jews in All Hues for this post.

HAPPY NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY!!! WE LOVE OUR LGBTIQA+ FAM! #NCOD

03/05/2019

Bay Area Jewish families: Join our wonderful Urban Shtetl program. Jewish education that combines arts, storytelling, ceremony, Hebrew, outdoor education, intergenerational learning and fun!

Thank you Miriam Kanani for a wonderful Family Learning Day at Chochmat Halev. Urban Shtetl continues to offer joyous and educational programming for families and children. Join us.

myemail.constantcontact.com 10/19/2018

Faith Leaders Call for Protection & Safe Passage of Honduran Caravans

Here is our faith statement---- for the right to migrate safely and calling out our legislators to to stop turning a blind eye to the repression and root causes in Honduras. I serve this organization as board chair. Please consider supporting our efforts.

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09/25/2018

Chochmat HaLev

Dancing into community and into our prayers for peace and justice under the sukkah!

08/14/2018

CREATION PAGEANT EXTRAVAGANZA
Sunday, August 19 – 10:00am – 1:00pm
Tilden Park
Family Learning Day
Families make masks and puppets, walk on stilts, blow the shofar, study text in honor of the Seven Days of Creation. Program for kids and adults with Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb & friends.
Pre Registration Required.

Do you want to be part of building a vibrant Jewish community in the city? Join us for a sample program and learn how we combine learning and fun in celebration of Jewish life and community.
Find out more about the Chochmat HaLev Urban Shtetl innovative youth and family Program.

Special Programs for Kids & Families - join the Rosh Hashanah Creation Pageant and More! https://mailchi.mp/chochmat/high-holy-day-tickets-on-sale-now-1305217

democracynow.org 06/11/2018

123 Deaths a Day: Inside the Public Health Crisis of Rising Suicide Rates in the United States

Anthony Bourdain sparked an important conversation: Suicide should NEVER be treated a moral failure: dying by suicide is a public health issue related to depression. Easy access to guns, lack of accessible health care and the US opioid medical disaster are all contributing factors to the exponential rise in the US suicide rate-now at 123 people a day, 45,000 a year. This interview lays it all out. The most important thing for people suffering depression is getting help! Like one would for any other health challenge. Suicide is highly preventable. Anyone who works in the public sector: clergy, educators, camp counselors, wilderness guides, and health care practitioners of all stripes need to watch this for solid advise of best practices vis a vis prevention of death by suicide. Suicide hot lines are available 24/7 through google or Facebook.

democracynow.org A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found the U.S. suicide rate rose by 25 percent over the past two decades. Topping the list was North Dakota, where suicides have risen by 57 percent from 1999 levels. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. F...

04/02/2018

The Palestinian March of Return and the Jewish Passover by Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb

“We know all your holy days, said Amro from Gaza, because of the closures.” Loosing their freedom inch by inch, house by house and loved one by loved one, is the bitter herb Israelis force down the throats of Palestinians every day, not just on Passover. Yet, indigenous Palestinians actively defy Israel’s every attempt to silence their voices, steal their land and erase their memories from the face of the earth. This is what it means for Palestinians to be sumud, or steadfast in the face of Israeli oppression. The Palestinian dream of returning home will not be quenched, no matter how hard Israeli society tries to do so.

30,00 Palestinians held a nonviolent March of Return on Land Day, which, this year, coincided with Passover, the Jewish holy day in honor of Jewish liberation. This did not prevent Israelis from actively shooting civilians, killing 18 and wounding at least 1700 unarmed demonstrators. The March of Return, a nonviolent event, created another moral crisis for Israel by highlighting the brutality of Israel’s permanent siege. 18 people gave their lives to this witness. 1700 sustain wounds for this witness. Israel’s ongoing siege of Gaza which, denies health care, shelter, fuel, food, freedom of movement, water, building materials and even children’s shoes to barefoot children, is a crime against humanity. If it doesn’t feel that way, something is severely wrong with our moral compass.

Over the past seventy years, Israel has developed a financially successful brand of high tech militarism and population control in the process of forcing Palestinians out of their homes and ghettoizing them into smaller and smaller spaces. Israel uses the dehumanizing language of ‘infiltration’ and ‘terror’ to rationalize their actions and cultivate Jewish cooperation with occupation. While Israel markets military systems and population control to a large number of global buyers, Jewish society either tolerates or actively cooperates with Israel’s treatment of Palestinians because it has accepted the dehumanizing view of Palestinians as an existential threat. Is this not the very narrative of oppression we seek to overcome during Passover?

I believe the hallmark Jewish value of Passover, 'do not oppress others because we were enslaved', obligates us to see the full humanity of Palestinians and acknowledge the Israeli system of oppression wielded against them. If you share this belief, then it is time to become accountable and begin a process of active engagement in nonviolent noncooperation with Israeli Occupation. Otherwise a person remains a passive bystander, a role which Jewish history rightly condemns.

There are multiple ways to be involved in active nonviolent resistance, but there are three fundamental principles which must guide the actions of the privileged, the this case, Jewish people in relationship to Palestinians: centering leadership from impacted communities; taking an intersectional approach to activism, and finally, practicing nonviolent direct action as a humanizing process from beginning to end. If you are Jewish, now is the time to decide what you can do in solidarity with Palestinians. It is time to liberate ourselves from fear by actively engaging in noncooperation with Israeli militarism and occupation. Active resistance to fear, militarism and systems of harm is the only Jewish path to liberation. Take the first step. The unknown wilderness is the very place one finds out what is truly holy.

03/28/2018

B'Tselem בצלם

Say no to forcible transfer of Palestinians! Israel is trying to displace thousands of Palestinians who live in farming-shepherding communities throughout the West Bank. They face imminent expulsion and are subject to abuse, violence and dispossession. Now is the time to act!

chochmat.org 03/26/2018

COCHMAT COUNTS WEEK 5 –ETHICAL ACTION & SPIRITUAL HUMILITY

Hi Bay Area. Chochmat Counts is a program of Chochmat HaLev. I will be offering a class free to the public on May 1rst. Check it out. Join us.

chochmat.org The spiritual realm of Hod is associated with the value of humility and the role of kohanot, the spiritual leaders who attend to ritual purification and ethical education.

chochmat.org 01/11/2018

Midrash HaLev: A four worlds adventure!

Hey Bay Area friends: Put this on your calendar: February 3rd Tu B'shevat event with Magid Jhos Singer and me: get ready for altar making, study, dance and storytelling. Join us for an earth based celebration of trees in our own neighborhoods and in kabbalistic and midrashic sources. Here's important local info about trees: indigenous peoples in California did not need agriculture because acorns from 14 species of oak provided all the nutrients a community needed. The acorns were so plentiful, there is no evidence of famine. Restorative justice in California means replanting and preserving oak groves. And, of course, honoring the preservation of the shell mound on 4th street.

chochmat.org Do you love trees and torah? Join Maggid Jhos Singer and R. Lynn Gottlieb for an evening of inspired engagement with Tu b’Shevat. Create an altar, study from the Tree of Life, swap stories and share juicy insight.

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