TBE set "hope in motion" this week on behalf of Bennett Cancer Center.
- What Boaz (from the Book of Ruth) can teach men in the age of #MeToo
- Why do Jews stay up all night and study on Shavuot
- The Ten Commandments: A Shavuot Song for Kids
- Why Do We Eat Dairy on Shavuot?
- Ten ways to make your Shavuot more sustainable
- Shavuot in Israel: A Celebration of Torah or First Fruits?
- Stephne Behrend wrote: On important issue after issue, we heard insightful voices that presented all sides, from Muslim and Jewish worlds, from Conservative to Liberal views and from different country perspectives. AJC is a centrist, nuanced organization and we listen carefully before forming an opinion.
- Barbara Friedman: the announcement by members of the House of Representatives of the establishment of a Jewish/Black caucus.
- Stan Friedman: The speakers and discussions were simply outstanding. But it was when seven Jews representing "Faces of the Diaspora," each walked on stage during the 2½-day program and related their individual stories in TED-like talks, that your pride as a Jew and your desire to fight against bigotry and anti-Semitism knew no bounds.
- Sari and Alan Jaffe mentioned that Steve Bayme, our speaker next week, "gave us a succinct history of anti-Semitism in the United States dating back to Peter Stuyvesant in 1654. I learned about anti-Semitic incidents in this country that I had never heard about, such as Jewish involvement in the white slave trade in the late 1800's which unleashed a tremendous amount of anti-Semitism and limitations on the amount of immigrants from Eastern Europe and Russia."
- Beth Levick: One highlight for me was listening to Bernice King, MLK's daughter, during our Community of Conscience event. The weather kept us from gathering at the Lincoln memorial - the intended venue. However, with the image of the memorial behind her Dr King spoke passionately and echoed the words of her father. She stated "Love is the only answer to mankind's problems."
- Norman Stone: The speakers at their annual convention presented convincing arguments and ways of combating the poisonous effects of BDS, physical assaults on Jews, bigotry and the hatred that has increased in recent years.
- Kerrin Behrend: I attended a luncheon involving a discussion between David Harris and Ron Dermer, Israel's Ambassador to the USA, where Ron gave an impassioned presentation about Israel's rise to be considered as a global power, particularly in the areas of technology and cybersecurity. He showed how this has led to significantly enhanced relations with the community of nations, and predicted that one would begin to see a shift in the voting patterns on Israel-related resolutions in the UN.
- Suzanne Stone: A young Jewish boy (I don't remember his name) growing up in Burma (Myanmar) complained to his father that there were hundreds of Muslims and thousands of Buddhists but only a few Jews (20). His father responded that it is not our numbers but our commitment that matters. After living and studying in the US he says that he feels more Jewish in Burma than NYC. If he doesn't attend Shabbat services no one knows but in Burma who will unlock the doors and open the gates etc. if he is not there.
- Jerry Silber shared a favorite quote: A reason for Israel and Jews to participate in forums where we may not be in total agreement is because: "If you are not at the table you are on the menu."
|Faces of DIaspora - Sammy Samuels, Myanmar (Burma)|
|Faces of the DIaspora - Ambassador Houda Nonoo, Kingdom of Bahrain|
|The "I" Word: Intersectionality and the Jewish Community|
See the article "Ruth was a Refugee."