The summer has brought more police killings of black men - Philando Castile, 32, in Falcon Heights, MN and Alton Sterling, 37, in Baton Rouge, LA - as well as 5 police officers in Dallas, TX: Brent Thompson, 43, Lorne Ahrens, 48, Patrick Zamarripa, 32, Michael J. Smith, 55, and Michael Krol, 40. With rage, sadness, hope, frustration, and exhaustion sometimes overwhelming, we are committed to not being silent about the systematic racism in our society and ending white supremacy. During last week's parsha, Korach challenges the leadership of Moses as they accuse each other of going too far or being too much - רב לך. In aftermath after aftermath, let us dare to go too far and do too much. Let us create a world where our wild hopes are encouraged and realized.
Meanwhile, at Kadima, we are working to grow our community from the ground up. July is membership month where we ask current members to renew their membership as we welcome new members to join with us in building co-created, progressive Jewish community working to evolve Judaism and Jewishness into a new old place - one of reinvention, resilience, healing, justice, celebration, and study. Join today and share this gift of community with your friends, colleagues, and neighbors.
Kadima Reconstructionist Community builds vibrant, purposeful, learning community for Jews and our allies. Committed to racial, economic and gender justice, we bridge spirituality and social justice through Shabbat and holiday celebration, inter-generational learning, and solidarity work with #blacklivesmatter and movements to end the Israeli occupation.
Lamenting Intersecting Tragedies: Shivah Asar B'Tammuz
Saturday, July 23, 8 - 10 pm
Kadima, 832 32nd Ave, 98122
Join Kadima Reconstructionist Community, Liberation UCC, and Madrona Grace Presbyterian for an interfaith event marked by the 17th of Tammuz on the Hebrew calendar. On this day, 4 major calamities occurred to the Jewish people and yet today, tragedy continues to rock our intersected communities. Using the ancient to inform the contemporary and the contemporary to re-examine the ancient, join these communities in an evening of mourning, grief and action to bring about a better world.
Please bring a potluck post dinner snack to share.
Kadima School and Young Families Meet Up
Sunday, July 31, 3 - 5 pm
Madrona Park Beach on Lake Washington
853 Lake Washington Blvd
RSVP to let us know to look out for you!
Let's stay connected in the summer sun - of all kinds in play and community building at Madrona Park Beach. Bring snacks and sunscreen and let's play together! Look for the Kadima sign to connect with other families interested in building progressive Jewish community for all ages. If time, listen to this podcast on making the "most of now" as parents as a common "text" for discussing parenting. (If you don't listen, we still want you to come!) This event is whether dependent - if it is raining, don't come!
Saturday and Sunday, August 13 -14
Congregation Beth Shalom
6800 35th Ave NE
Co-sponsored by Kadima.
Our rabbis taught that one of the reasons for the destruction of the Temple was “sinat hinam,” senseless hatred among Jews. Our rabbis also taught that the Messiah will be born on Tisha B’Av—suggesting that out of this destruction, there is also the potential of redemption, and reconciliation. Mindful of the harm and destruction which come from senseless hatred, this year, we are joining together in unity with a number of different Jewish communities to learn, sing and break fast together as a response to the senseless hatred and destruction associated with Tisha B’Av.
Running with the Rabbi*
Sunday mornings in July, 9:30 am
Meet July 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31.
Meet at the shelter by the south-side parking lot by the playground at 9:30 for a group run. We will leave by 9:35am, so please be prompt.
PLEASE RSVP so that we know to expect you.
Join Rabbi David every Sunday in July for a run around Seward Park's loop. This is a great way to stay connected to community, a commitment to health, and enjoy the beauty of the environment we live in. Moses Maimonides (physician and 12th century Sephardi Torah scholar) stated in his Mishneh Torah that "one should engage their body and exert themselves in a sweat-producing task each morning" (De'ot 4:2). All body-types and physical abilities welcome as we jog in community enacting this universal and timeless advice toward healthy living.
*Rabbi David credits his time with Rabbi Dan Bridge for this program name, as during his time at Hillel UW, Rabbi Dan would jog Greenlake with a group of UW students (and sometimes pre-rabbi David).
Sunday Morning Torah Learning
Sundays in July , 11 - 12 pm
On July 10, we'll meet at Victrola on 15th in the back room. RSVP to let us know to save you a seat.
Rabbi David will bring a new text every week that explores Jewish sources on our communal High Holiday topic. A great way to build toward the high holidays and explore an important issue of justice in today's world, as well as build community with other interested individuals.
Middle East Peace Camp Closing Dinner
July 22nd, 6 - 8 pm
UW Center for Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, 98105 (map)
2016 Theme: HEALTH
We thrive in healthy communities. This summer's art, science, and educational projects for children and adults will explore contemporary, historical, and cultural approaches to health and healing.
Join us for Peace Camp 2016 at the University of Washington! Camp is from 9:30am to 3:30 am Monday through Friday, and there is after camp care is available. Snacks provided, please bring your own lunch and water bottles. There is a community potluck on Friday for the whole family! Hope to see you there!
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