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JIDS’s Shared Commitment to Stand Together

Now that the hostage situation has ended, JIDS expresses its relief and gratitude that no innocent person was harmed at Congregation Beth Israel of Colleyville, TX. May innocents continue to be sheltered beneath Shekhinah’s wings/the loving embrace of Allah.

JIDS holds in prayers all of those whose trauma response was evoked by this news, whether in Pittsburgh, Escondido, Poway, Dar Al-Farooq, and, sadly, in so many other places as well. May we be grounded and may we find comfort in caring for ourselves, and each other.

May solidarity and compassion prevail and may we not let fear make way for Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and hate.

As we observe the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we are reminded that while we have achieved a great deal, much remains to be done. The event at Congregation Beth Israel illustrates what we already knew — that plenty of Jews and Muslims do consider each other to be “the enemy” — and eradicating that attitude root and branch is one of the reasons we exist as an organization. We cannot let hate divide us or deter us in our mission to support each other as the cousins we are as we continue to remove barriers to full human potential. Only when we see each other as one of the faces of the One will we be able to truly fulfill the vision of those whose wisdom has sustained us over the centuries. We cannot allow the forces of hate to distract us from our commitment to each other.

As we make our way into this week ahead, we pray, as ever, for peace. And we pray for the strength, vulnerability, connection and yearning to fuel our loving action as partners in its creation. May solidarity and compassion prevail and may we not let fear make way for anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, or any other form of hate.

(Adapted in part from a statement written by Keshira HaLev Fife)

“Non-Traditional Movements in Islam and Judaism,” Thurs., Oct. 6th, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (via Zoom)

Often at JIDS we are forced to ask the questions: Just how broad are our faiths?  At what point is it valid for traditionalists to point to non-traditional approaches and say, “That’s not TRUE Judaism/Islam?  And to what extent are non-traditionalists successful in capturing the spirit of their faiths even BETTER than traditionalists?  This session will grapple with these and related questions with the help of two courageous trail-blazing panelists.  Both will be prepared not only to discuss the movements they lead but also the challenges their movements face and what they anticipate for the future. 

One of our panelists will be Ani Zonneveld, a writer, singer, Grammy-winning songrwriter, and the founder and President of Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV).  An international human rights organization, MPV advocates for social justice and equality, freedom of expression and conscience, women’s rights, and LGBTQ rights.   The other panelist will be Taya Ma Shere, co-founder and Rav Kohenet of Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute, and co-author of The Hebrew Priestess: Ancient and New Visions of Jewish Women’s Spiritual Leadership and  and Siddur HaKohanot: A Hebrew Priestess Prayerbook.

Please RSVP for this Zoom session to jids.washington@gmail.com.


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