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Shabbat Tzedek: The Launch of our 50th

Shabbat Tzedek: The Launch of our 50th

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This past weekend, hundreds of congregations across North America participated in the RAC's Shabbat Tzedek, launching our 50th Anniversary year by incorporating a tribute to the RAC's achievements into their MLK weekend programming. Temple B'nai Torah of Bellevue, Washington, got into the spirit with a specially-designed cake for their oneg, to mark this special occasion! 

Rabbis and lay leaders throughout the Movement spoke at Shabbat services
and other congregational events, sharing stories about their
experiences with the RAC and reflecting on our roots in the Civil Rights
Movement and impact on social justice issues over the past 50 years.
And, the RAC staff was "on the road"-- from Fairfax Station, Virginia
(Rabbi Saperstein) to Tulsa, Oklahoma (Mark Pelavin), from Chicago,
Illinois (Rachel Cohen) to San Francisco, California (Rabbi Stephanie
Kolin)-- speaking about our Movement's historic work on behalf of tikkun
olam and the challenges for the future. Together, they created a
powerful chorus of voices throughout North America celebrating the RAC's
work and the Reform Movement's commitment to social justice.

The following is an excerpt from the sermon delivered by Rabbi/Cantor
Rhoda Silverman at Temple Emanuel of Baltimore, which beautifully wove
together the many celebrations and woes of the week leading up to
Shabbat Tzedek

"This Shabbat, Jews around the world are recalling and celebrating
freedom and redemption. . . During a week leading up to the celebration
of the constant effort that our Movement puts forth toward the pursuit
of social justice in this nation, during a week when we are preparing to
celebrate an historical moment of redemption from oppression that takes
on mythic proportion in Jewish tradition, it is unthinkable to me that
we also buried, among others, a nine year old who was already so
passionate about and interested in our nation's democratic ideals and
the political process. It's absurd to me that on a weekend when we are
to celebrate the righteousness and rightness of justice over tyranny and
oppression, we are instead mourning the loss of innocent life and
praying for the recovery of a woman who has chosen to serve her
community in an effort to make this nation more just." (Click here to
read the entire sermon
)

This sermon is only one example of the many powerful, meaningful and
inspirational words that were shared on the bimah this past weekend. At
the RAC, we are proud of what we have accomplished and we know that we
have much more work to do in order to achieve a just world. And, we know
that we cannot achieve our goal of tikkun olam without the support of
our congregations and Reform Jews across North America. We thank all
those congregations that participated in Shabbat Tzedek and look forward
to continuing celebrations throughout the year.

Don't worry- there are still many more opportunities to celebrate the
RAC's 50th Anniversary! Register now to join us in Washington, D.C. from
May 1-3 for Reform Judaism's flagship social justice conference, the
Consultation on Conscience!

Published: 1/21/2011

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