UPCOMING SCHEDULED LOTTE MEYERSON TIKKUN OLAM PROJECTS:
1st Friday each month from 1-3 PM @ MANNA– CBHT volunteer team. Contact Wendy Capelouto to help.
3rd Friday each month @ noon – CBHT Vets shelter meal serving. Contact Hilary Paradise to help.
Monday, April 27th – 4:30 PM, Next L.M. Tikkun Olam Meeting
Sunday, May 10th — Top Your Dog – LMTO Fundraiser Picnic
June 7th –13th Room in the Inn; CBHT hosts. Contact Sherrill Zoller to help.
PASSOVER AND SOCIAL JUSTICE — Adapted from www.rac.org
Passover is rich in social justice themes. It is impossible to study the story of our redemption and not feel compelled to eradicate injustice in the world today. Among the primary social justice themes found in the Exodus story and in the Passover observance, are hunger and homelessness, oppression and redemption.
“This is the bread of affliction which our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt. Let all those who are hungry come and eat with us. Let all who are in want share the hope of Passover.” (Haggadah, “Ha Lachma Anya”)
“Ha Lachma Anya” reminds us of a time when our diets were once restricted to matzah, considered the “bread of affliction.” Due to our hasty retreat from Egypt, we were limited to the food carried on our backs – the unleavened bread that we were unable to thoroughly prepare. Our experience with hardship following the exodus from Egypt inspires us to consider those who eat the metaphorical “bread of affliction” in present times, and to let all those who are now hungry join us at our Passover tables.
Consider adding to your Seder a short teaching before each cup of wine is blessed:
The First Cup: Freedom in America: As we lift the first cup, we envision an America – the “land of the free” – where everyone has a standard of living adequate for the health and well- being of him/herself and of his/her family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services.
The Second Cup: Voting Rights: As we lift the second cup, we envision an America where voting is viewed as a necessary part of everyone’s responsibility as citizens. We envision a state where continuous efforts are made to make voting easier and more convenient, removing barriers and broadly encouraging participation of all citizens in our democracy.
The Third Cup: Redemption from Overwork and Underwork: As we lift the third cup, we envision a world where everyone has work and, without any discrimination, receives equal pay for equal work. We envision a world where everyone also can enjoy rest and leisure, and family leave with pay.
The Fourth Cup: Liberation from Slavery All Over the World: As we lift the fourth cup, we envision a world where no one is held in slavery or servitude; a world without sweatshop laborers, where all workers are able to make a living wage, regardless of which country or state they are born into.
For excellent Passover resources, including a Social Justice Haggadot and inserts, go to www.rac.org/holiday-guides-passover
LOOKING BACK AND LOOKING AHEAD
by Ellen Fisher
We are seeing positive light for our High Holy Day event with Rabbi Neal Gold on September 10th -13th. We have received some donations and hopefully will have more patrons to cover all expenses. Last month, I mentioned that we needed 29 patrons to donate $100 and we are now down to needing 25 patrons. We would of course accept larger donations and smaller ones! Checks can be mailed to the Temple. These four days of learning and studying together with Neal and his very affable personality will set the mood in the month of Elul and usher in a Healthy and Happy New Year. Rabbi Neal’s website and blog can be found at: www.nealgold.net. We encourage you to check it out.