Dear Friends, For some time I have been following the news from North Dakota and the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. I am deeply concerned for the rights of Native Americans--to protest peacefully and maintain their rights to sovereignty. Last night I learned of a Call To Action for Clergy to come stand with the Indigenous People of Standing Rock and America in a peaceful, prayerful, non-violent protest Thursday, November 3. In just a few hours I will be driving to bear witness to the protests and lend my support as a rabbi and community leader. I will be joining over 300 clergy who have also responded to the call.
Therefore, I have cancelled and will reschedule, upon my return, the Potluck Shabbat Dinner. We will NOT be having a Potluck Shabbat Dinner THIS Friday night. I will also be unable to attend the Hadassah book group and I send my regrets. Shulem Deen's book was a powerful memoir and one of those books that really opened my eyes to the struggles of so many in the ultra-Orthodox world. You can follow Shulem on Facebook and read his columns published in The Forward.
I will try to share my journey and pictures through Facebook. I will also be happy to see you on Sunday, November 13th to share my experiences and talk about building healthy communities.
With blessings & gratitude,
Rabbi Francine Roston