CONGREGATION SONS OF ISRAEL
Shabbat Shalom
1/3/2020
SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE SHABBAT :
Friday, 1/24 & Saturday, 1/25.
We welcome Rabbi Gordon Tucker who will speak about
"The Meaning of Torah In Our Lives Today."

Dinner is Friday evening at 6:45pm, reservations needed. Flyer here
WE STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH JEWS EVERYWHERE.
Our outdoor menorah lighting on 12/22.
SEE BELOW FOR A TIME SENSITIVE MESSAGE FROM AJC.
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This Sunday, January 5, there will be a march across the Brooklyn bridge.  ( Click here for more information.

In addition, next Wednesday, January 8 UJA-Federation and the American Jewish Committee are co-sponsoring a program at Temple Israel Center at 7:30 in White Plains which had been planned prior to this latest incident.  Click here for more information on that program. 
Below are links to two excellent blogs on antisemitism. One is from my teacher Rabbi Donniel Hartman and the other from Brandeis professor Dr. Jonathan Sarna. (Dr. Sarna served as the scholar in residence at CSI about ten years ago.). Both are worth reading.
A MESSAGE FROM AJC

2019 was a difficult and disturbing year for our people.

It's a sad reality that the most identifiably-Jewish Jews have become prime targets for antisemites. A Jew who doesn't wear a kippah is safer than those of us who do. Jews in kippot and street clothes are safer than a woman in a sheitel or a yeshiva student wearing a large velvet kippah . And they are all safer than the Haredi Jew in a big black hat.

At this moment, it’s important for each Jew to remember that—no matter our background, our practices, or our garb—we are all connected. We must live out that famous Talmudic creed “ Kol Yisrael areivim zeh bazeh ,” “All of Israel is responsible for one another.”

That’s why AJC has created the #JewishandProud initiative, and we hope that you’ll encourage your congregants to join us.

On Monday, January 6, we are calling on ALL Jews to stand together. Regardless of what we usually wear, we’re putting on a kippah , or a magen david necklace, or a t-shirt with Hebrew writing on it, or whatever we want to wear to show the world that we are Jews, that we stand together, and that we are not going to cower in fear.
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