Kavod on the Road
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). So much of our Jewish ethical tradition is based around this commandment, which Rabbi Akiva referred to as the “fundamental principle of the Torah.”
Rashi (the famous French 11th century commentator) depicts “love of neighbor” not in abstract ideals of love and justice, but as the daily, mundane practice of respect, thoughtfulness, and generosity. In commenting on the biblical prohibition against revenge, Rashi describes love for one’s neighbor as the willingness to lend someone an ax after that person had already refused to lend you a sickle. Loving our neighbors not only means fighting for justice, but also acting with respect toward our actual neighbors.
In recent weeks, we have learned through conversation with our neighbors and landlord that the burden of our noisiness upstairs has increased this year. In order to be loving and respectful to our neighbors, in addition to focusing on volume control at the house and continuing to search for a new space for next fall, we hope to start working with you to hold more events elsewhere. At “Kavod on the Road” Shabbatot, we will hold Shabbat dinner and services at the homes of other people in our community. This is an opportunity to celebrate Shabbat with you and your neighbors, allowing you to help Moishe Kavod House community to be shaped and nurtured by you and your home spaces.
This Friday, November 16th, “Kavod on the Road” will be held at 104 Robinwood Avenue, #1, Jamaica Plain, at the home of Moishe Kavod House Membership Chair, Sam Dreyfus, starting at the usual time (Shabbat services at 6:30 PM, potluck dinner at 8 PM). Looking forward to seeing you in JP this Friday, or join us for any of our upcoming events this week!
Helen, Marjorie, Rachie, and Erica
*A Note from the Chesed Team – The Chesed [Love and Kindness] Team at Moishe Kavod can be a powerful and warm supportive force for members of our community during the best of times and the most difficult of times. If you or someone else in our community is experiencing a joyful event such as a birth or a challenging event such as a death, illness, and so on, please contact the Chesed Team at email@example.com to let us know how we can help.
Rosh Chodesh Kislev
Kislev is a month of rekindling dreams: of dream-filled sleep as the nights lengthen, and of dream-filled wakefulness as the miracle of rededication allows us to question faith and to go beyond what is logical. It is a time of clarity and synchronicity. For kis-lev (literally, ‘heart pocket’), we will make woven heart pockets to fill with our dreams. Snacks and supplies provided. Questions and RSVPs to firstname.lastname@example.org. TONIGHT, Tuesday, November 13th, Moishe Kavod House, 7:30-9 PM.
Kavod on the Road Shabbat
Join us for a great evening in a friendly, fun, informal, inclusive atmosphere at our host location, the home of Sam Dreyfus. This coming week’s Dvar Tikkun will be given by a Greater Boston Interfaith Organization representative to let people know about GBIO’s potential fair revenue campaign. Davening at 6:30, dinner at 8. Everybody is welcome. Please bring a vegetarian potluck dish to share (milk OK). Contact Rachie at email@example.com for more information. Friday, November 16th, 104 Robinwood Avenue, #1, Jamaica Plain, 6:30-11:00 PM.
Sex Ed Teach-In: Transgender Day of Remembrance
Join the SexEd team in celebration of gender diversity and in solidarity with Transgender Day of Remembrance. The SexEd team is hosting a conversation about spectra of desire, presentation, and identity. We’ll discuss how to be a good ally and how to bring trans* justice into all of the work that MKH does. Please join us for our teach-in, and stay with us for the afternoon. Following the teach-in, we’ll join our siblings at Keshet for an event at 3pm. Finally, we’ll join the larger Boston community for the city’s vigil at 4pm. Meet at 14 Beacon Street– signage will point the way to the meeting, but call Sammy Sass at 617-784-0636 if you have trouble getting into the building. Contact Erica at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Sunday, November 18th, 14 Beacon St, Boston, MA at Community Change Inc., 1-2:30 PM, followed by Keshet event at 3 PM and vigil at 4 PM.
Housing Justice Door-Knocking
Join us this Sunday for the monthly Housing Justice Team’s doorknocking with City Life/Vida Urbana! We will meet at 2 PM to get a quick training at City Life/Vida Urbana’s office and then doing some door-knocking to help ensure tenants and homeowners facing foreclosures know about their rights and resources. Contact Marjorie at email@example.com for more details. Sunday, November 18th, The Brewery Building, 284 Amory Street, 1st Floor, 2-4 PM.
The Rodef Shalom: A Text-Based and Applied Exploration of the Pursuer of Peace
Do you spend your time in the world working for justice? Would you consider yourself a person who pursues peace? The Moishe Kavod House is blessed with the opportunity to host a 6-part course through the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies called ‘The Rodef Shalom’ looking at both traditional Jewish text and modern texts on pursuing peace conflict resolution. The course will be taught by community member, rabbinical student, fellow organizer and pursuer of peace and justice, Alana Alpert. Co-sponsored by the Boston AVODAH Alumni network, the course will take place on Thursday evenings from 7-9 PM, on the following days: November 29, December 6, December 13, December 20, January 10, January 17. It is open to 8-12 people. Cost is $36. Contact Helen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for the course description and to register by November 21st!
Community Allies Announcements
Same-Sex Parenting in Israel and Massachusetts
Join Keshet for a fascinating look into the differences between same-sex parenting in the United States and Israel. Panelists include Gil Hovav (Israel’s gay leading culinary journalist and television personality), Oren Shamay, and Attorney Jonathan Draluck. Moderated by attorney Dianne Phillips. This program is presented as part of the Consulate General of Israel to New England’s Out In Israel 2012 program. Cosponsored by Keshet, the Boston LGBT Film Festival, and Holland & Knight. Register here. Thursday, November 15th, 10 St. James Ave., 11th floor, 8:30-10 AM.
Spirituality and Healing Conference
The RUAH Program of Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries (CMM) invites your participation to an enlightening fall conference. The “Repairing Our Broken World” interfaith conference is for clergy and laity, medical professionals, students, social workers, and all who care about healing and wholeness. Featuring Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas & Rabbi Or Rose. Register here. Friday, November 16th, All Saints Parish, 1773 Beacon Street, Brookline, 8:30-3:30 PM.
Tzedek Salon with Michael Dukakis
Now that the election has come and gone, JALSA would like to remind you of our upcoming Tzedek Salon with former governor Michael Dukakis. JALSA hopes you’ll be able to join us and Gov. Dukakis for a drink and discussion about what happened at the polls, the campaigns, and what the election means for all of us. He’ll share his insight about how elections have changed since he ran for President and how progressives can be most successful with a divided congress and a second Obama term. JALSA is a membership-based organization, working to protect civil liberties and constitutional rights, and pursue social and economic justice. For more information, or to join our e-mail list, go here. Monday, November 19th, Beacon Street Tavern, 1032 Beacon Street, Brookline, 7:30 PM.
Jewish Big Brothers and Sisters
Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for volunteers for our children’s program and our Friend2Friend (adults with disabilities) program! Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters is a nonprofit mentoring organization, and our clients, children, and volunteers come from all faiths and backgrounds. Our children’s program matches volunteers to children ages 6-18 who have a need for an adult mentor. Examples of this need could include children who have lost a parent, children with an incarcerated parent, children new to the United States, or children with slight learning disabilities. Our Friend2Friend program, which won this year’s Ruderman Prize for disability inclusion, matches volunteers to adults with mild to moderate disabilities who are looking to establish sustaining friendships within their communities. Contact Aliza Schwartz with any questions you may have: 617-558-6546; email@example.com.