New from T’ruah
“This is no time for neutrality. We Jews cannot remain aloof or indifferent. We, too, are either ministers of the sacred or slaves of evil.” -Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
At this challenging moment, as rabbis and cantors, we commit to raising our moral voices to protect human rights, and to create the strong relationships and skills we will need to move forward. The convening, held in Manhattan, will include training in practical skills for the work ahead, spiritual practice and tools for spiritual sustenance, Jewish learning, and planning for how we move forward together. There will also be special sessions for rabbinical and cantorial students on mobilizing the voices of students and new clergy.
T'ruah is partnering with Jews United for Justice, Jewish Women International, Lilith magazine, Bend the Arc, HIAS, the National Council of Jewish Women, and the historic Sixth & I synagogue to provide the Jewish community attending the Women’s March on Washington with prayer, song, learning, and connection through In Shabbat We Trust, a diverse array of offerings including religious services throughout Shabbat, meals, an uplifting gathering before the march on Saturday morning, and a Saturday afternoon of salon-style discussions, text studies, yoga and meditation, and more.
Go and See the West Bank with T'ruah and Breaking the Silence
Is your congregation, college group, or community planning a trip to Israel? Spend one of your days getting a close up view of the current situation in the West Bank, learning from both Palestinians and from Israeli IDF veterans who have served there.
In our complex conversations about Israel inside of and outside of the Jewish community, it is crucial to bring a range of perspectives and experiences that can help us understand the situation and to find ways to move toward peace, justice, and safety for both Palestinians and Israelis.
This June, we will mark fifty years since Israel won the Six Day War. This occasion calls both for celebration of Jewish access to our holiest sites, and for reflection on the ensuing fifty years of military occupation.
The biblical fiftieth year of Yovel - Jubilee in English - is described as a time when slaves were set free, debts were forgiven, and land reverted to its original owners. In eight text studies, you will learn generations of perspectives on what it means to mark fifty years, framed by Yovel (Jubilee) values. These texts move us beyond the political to encourage and deepen discussions about fifty years of Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, focusing on issues of holiness, liberation, security, and return.