This weekend, I will be joining NFTYites from across the country at URJ Greene Family Camp for Veida, which is NFTY's yearly business and elections meeting. Along with my three-ounce bag of liquids, URJ camp sweatshirt, and plenty of RAC stickers, I am packing my tallit.
We have a unique opportunity in that NFTY's Veida falls on Rosh Chodesh - the new Jewish month of Adar begins on Sunday. During services throughout the weekend, we will be including readings in support of the Women of the Wall.
Additionally, I welcome anyone who feels comfortable to wear a tallit at Veida's services as a symbol of solidarity with the Women of the Wall and their struggle for religious equality. And if you won't be with us in Texas this weekend, I invite you to do the same in your home communities.
NFTYites: if you are able, I invite you to bring a tallit (or two, if you have more to share!) to Veida. It's not always an item on everyone's packing list, but I hope that you will consider bringing one in support of the Women of the Wall this weekend!
For those interested in organizing a Rosh Chodesh
solidarity event in your own community, information and educational resources
about the Women of the Wall are available at www.urj.org/israel/wow
. If you and your congregation are planning to pray, learn, or take action in support of Women of the Wall, be sure to take pictures and send an email
to tell me all about it!