Our first study group of the year will be on Sunday, September 8th at 7pm. (Call or email me for directions: Barry Swan 585-329-3305, email@example.com) Our first study group of the year is usually an affirmation of our secular humanistic Jewish values. This year we may do this by appraising the ways that we can activate these values in our lives. This has been a particularly turbulent year and we must choose how we respond to its challenges.
Our first study group will be a discussion of the ways we can participate in both local and national (or worldwide) activities which promote our values. We can discuss activities which emerge from our humanistic values as well as our Jewish values.
We can see that there are many opportunities. We will discuss a great variety of opportunities with varying levels of explanations. I know that many individuals in our group have both ideas and specific contacts which may be presented to the group.
While adding to the list of our own personal options, we will also see the possibilities of our participation in a group Beth Haskalah activity. The Jewish community, which has had issues dividing it, seems to have come together over immigration. The “Never Again” movement has been spurred on by a serious Jewish youth response. It has affected Jewish youth like no movement in recent memory. Jewish congregations and other organizations have joined together to invoke the tragic memory of the helpless Jews who could not find a refuge. This issue has resonated with Jewish youth.
An example is an article on the SHJ temple in Detroit.:
The Birmingham Temple, Congregation for Humanistic Judaism in Detroit, MI featured in a Detroit Jewish News Article.
Please bring your ideas to this discussion. I am looking forward to this discussion.
Shalom , Barry Swan