February 18, 2021 | 6 Adar 5781
Included in This Week's Newsletter
Candle Lighting and Purim Story Slam
Recap of Social Action Shabbat
Shared Legacy at JCC
Upcoming Shir Ami Classes
Community News
Did you Register for Purim?
Read About Our Social Action Shabbat and Ways To Be Involved
Shir Ami Welcomed Leading Social Justice Advocate

Last Friday night, more than 40 people gathered to hear Michael Hyman, Advisor and Co-Founder of the Equity Institute at Domus Kids, Inc. You may watch the recorded video of the service here .

Woven into our Shabbat Service, Michael Hyman was very inspiring as he spoke (Starting at :09) sharing experiences he had in life and reminding all of us about the divine moments that arise every day when each of us can make a difference in this world. During the Q & A (Starting at :44), he gave us some direction of actions we can take now in our community. Michael's suggestions included getting involved with Results.org, a movement of passionate, committed everyday people who use their voices to help bring an end to poverty.

He also suggested that we might want to participate in this upcoming program sponsored by the JCC in Stamford called Shared Legacy.
AJC Westchester/Fairfield
presents Shared Legacies: Black-Jewish Relations and the Civil Rights Movement

Sunday, February 21, 2021
5:30 p.m.

The Black and Jewish communities have had a powerful alliance dating back to well before the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Jewish leaders marched arm in arm with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., backing efforts at racial equality and harmony.

The film Shared Legacies: The African-American Jewish Civil Rights Alliance (view trailer), tells this powerful story and is available free of charge for viewing at home.
 
Join them for a special community event featuring:
Rev. Dr. Michael Christie, Union Baptist Church. Stamford
Rabbi Joshua Hammerman, Temple Beth El, Stamford
Shari Rogers, Director & Producer, “Shared Legacies: The African-American Jewish Civil Rights Alliance”
Rev. Michael Hyman, Advisor, The Equity Institute@Domus, and Co-Chair, Stamford Stands Against Racism
Moderated by Rev. Dr. Stephen Pogue, Vice Chair, Westchester Human Rights Commission, and Pastor, Greater Centennial Church, Mt. Vernon
 
The film link will be sent upon registration, and will be available to watch Feb. 19-22.
To find out more about the event, email them at westchester@ajc.org.
Living and Learning Classes
Essential Jewish Conversations:
Beliefs and Values
Monday, February 22nd
7:30 PM via Zoom
Topic:
Is there a Heaven & Hell in Judaism? 
What Does Judaism Say
About the Afterlife?


Join Cantor Abramson this month as we explore the Jewish perspective on Heaven and Hell and the Afterlife.

Call it a symposium, a salon, a forum or a debate, Jewish life has long been centered around a vibrant exchange of ideas and viewpoints—a sacred conversation meant to bring meaning to our lives.
Shir Ami's
Rosh Chodesh Study Group
Monday, March 15th
7:30 PM via Zoom
Read chapters 16 and 17

My Jewish Year, 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew
by Abigail Pogrebin

Interested in forging a deeper sense of spirituality and connection to the holidays? Come celebrate the New Month and do a "deep dive" into the Jewish calendar with other women from Shir Ami. Noted author and feminist, Abigail Pogrebin, takes us on a one year journey through the entire Jewish calendar in her book, My Jewish Year.

Each session is a stand alone.
The book will be our guide but if you haven't read the chapter you can still participate.   
The discussion will focus on the themes of the holidays (the book is the backdrop).
Each participant is invited to procure her own copy of the book. 
Here is a free link to the first 6 chapters of the book click here
Bring your own cup of tea!
Community News
The new issue of the Greenwich Jewish News has just come out.

Click here to check out the 5 inspiring Shir Ami articles. Read through carefully to learn about all of the other things that are happening in our community. There are many films and lectures coming up.

If you would like to write an article for the next issue which will come out in April, please let us know.

Jewish Disability Awareness Month


As Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month approaches, the Religious Action Center is excited to announce Jewish Disability Advocacy Month, hosted virtually in partnership with The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and other partners throughout the Jewish community.

Given this year’s restrictions on gathering in person, though, the community has shifted gears, offering a full month of virtual events focused on education, networking, solidarity-building, and empowerment in support of people with disabilities.

To read more about this, please click here.

Re-entering a Changed World, with Dr. Betsy Stone
Thursday, March 11, 2021
7:00 PM via Zoom

Join us as we welcome back noted psychologist and Jewish educator, Dr. Betsy Stone, for a discussion on reentry after Covid-19.

Lockdown was relatively simple - cancel plans, stay home. Now, we are different people than we were a year ago. Covid has taken family, friends, jobs and freedom. 

What will it feel like to reopen? How do we reenter a world that has changed? Join Dr. Stone as she facilitates a discussion about how to navigate this strange new world.

Free and open to the community - registration required.
Social Action
Build community through Social Action projects:
Recruit some Shir Ami friends to participate in one of these projects with you!
Let us know your plans - shirami.info@gmail.com
PLEASE TAKE A LOOK at our updated Social Action page, to view more about:
  • Opportunities to support and volunteer at Building One Community
  • Sandwich making for individuals at The New Covenant Center
  • Ways we can each help combat racism
  • Shopping for Seniors with JFS
  • Dignity Grows supplies essential toiletries to people in need
  • and more worthwhile activities...