HIGH HOLIDAYS 2014
“The Only Recognizable Feature of Hope is Action”
-Grace Paley z”l
Remember, Reflect, Recommit: Take Action with JVP
Our tradition offers so much wisdom on transforming the world as it is to the world as it could be. The upcoming months of Elul (Aug 27 - Sept 24) & Tishrei (Sept 25 - Oct 24) and the holy days that mark this time are guideposts on our way forward after a Summer of unrelenting grief, anger, loss, and fear. Below are three opporutnities to channel the potent intentions and rituals of the upcoming months of the Jewish calendar into meaningful reflection and action.
Elul "Go & Learn" Action
Elul is the month of reflection leading up to the Jewish New Year. During this time, we can reclaim space in the Jewish community for conversations and learning around BDS as a crucial tool for holding Israel accountable. Using excerpts from our “Go & Learn” Curriculum, we will create pop-up public education gatherings to stimulate conversation and reflection as we get ready for Rosh HaShannah and Yom Kippur.
We encourage you to organize a Go & Learn Action during the month of Elul (Aug 27 - Sept 24). Email email@example.com to be sent the Go & Learn Curriculum.
Often exercised on the first day of the Jewish New Year (Sept 25), tashlich (cast away) is the practice of going to a body of water, preferably free-flowing, and symbolically casting away our transgressions, as individuals and collectively, into the water with stones or bread. The JVP Tashlich L’Tzedek is a communal ritual to cast off our inactions in opposing the Israeli occupation of Palestine and injustice within our local communities and recommitting ourselves to end the occupation of Palestine, to support self-determination for Israelis and Palestinians and to fight for racial and economic justice.
You can find the newly revised Tashlich L’Tzedek ritual guide here
The Jewish festival of Sukkot (Oct 9 - Oct 16) is an opportunity to strengthen our relationships with other faith based communities by inviting them into our sukkahs! As we build our temporary sukkah structures, we commemorate all of the homes and lives destroyed, and we remember that just as our sukkah structure is temporary, so too are the structures of violence and occupation that mar our world.
We encourage you to begin to think about building a JVP sukkah in your community and working with your local interfaith partners to plan an interfaith sukkah event. An Interfaith Sukkot Gathering Guide is forthcoming--check back soon!
Please let us know if you are interested in planning or participating in one or all of the above!