Kadima Reconstructionist Community is thrilled to be the new religious sponsor for Nickelsville Union Tiny House Village.
Our sponsorship is governed by Seattle City Ordinance #123729, which allows “transitional encampments” to operate on land controlled or owned by a religious institution. In this case, we are leasing the land at 805 21st Ave. E for Nickelsville's new site and we hold a contract with Nickelsville for use of the space, which stipulates requirements that will ensure Nickelsville is a good and respectful neighbor, and requirements to adhere to the City Ordinance.
Nickelsville is aiming to move to their new site on September 25th. An auspicious time, Jewishly! On Tisha B'Av (the day we mourn the destruction of an ancient temple) we opened space to feel the profound brokenness of houselessness all around us. We reflect on the houselessness of our ancestors after the temple's destruction, on the experience of being a diasporic people on stolen land, on Palestinians facing brutal Israeli annexation, and on the realities of our unsheltered neighbors in Seattle. And yet, going into Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year and the beginning of our holiest of times of the year), we open ourselves up to receive some balm for the brokenness, to receive the possibility - the glimmer of a promise - of healing. As the Kadima community, we are not content for the means or ends of our healing to be complacency, nor is our own personal healing sufficient consolation for the suffering of the world. We find a balm for the brokenness around us in our continued collective action to ensure that our homes and the homes of all of our neighbors are sturdy, safe, and filled with shalom (peace).
One of our first opportunities to show up towards shalom is by attending a virtual community meeting which we will co-host on Zoom, on Tuesday, September 22nd, from 5-6:30pm, along with support from the Squire Park Community Council. Meeting information can be found on the Nickelsville flier. Our community meeting falls right between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, when we recommit ourselves to acts of tzedakah and chesed, to justice and loving-kindness. We are looking forward to doing just that and embarking on this relationship between Kadima, Nickelsville, and each of you!
If you are not able to make this meeting, we invite you to be in touch with Nickelsville representatives first and foremost, and then to contact us should you have further questions. We are grateful to be a part of this growing community.
We hope to meet you there!
Julianna Alson (Board Co-President)
Rabbi David Bassior (Kadima Rabbi)
Lauren Berry-Kagan (Nickelsville Partnership Liaison)
Guy Oron (Nickelsville Partnership Liaison)