Time-tested actions for developing and sustaining a sacred fellowship within the Jewish funeral ecosystem
By reframing the Chevrah Kaddish as an opportunity rather than an obligation, we have formed a holy community that includes all members of the community who each participate at their own comfort level, from the very young to the very old. Some of our members became involved when they came to make their own final arrangements and became active participants. This is still a university town and students are also an important part of the team. I am proud to be a part of this holy community.
Serving in the Chevra Kaddisha, Jewish Funeral Practices Committee, is an important honor and part of being a Jew. Various roles are available, for various people with various needs and availability. Join now!
Open Hillel calls on Hillel International to withdraw its endorsement of Kenneth Marcus, Donald Trump’s nominee for Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Department of Education.
Our observance shouldn’t be limited to studying Jewish involvement in the Civil Right Movement (we see you, Freedom Riders). Black History Month isn’t about patting “white saviors” on the back but rather about celebrating the accomplishments of African-Americans.
It is in this sense that we can understand why JFREJ has chosen to call their pamphlet An Offering to Our Movement. The authors hope to provide both Jews and non-Jews on the left a means to theorize antisemitism that will allow them to confront it confidently in both speech and action, without worrying that they are running afoul of “good leftist” understandings of privilege and intersectionality, or falling into right-wing traps. I think they succeed in this necessary and admirable goal to a great degree, and therefore any criticisms I offer should be understood in reciprocal fashion, as an offering to their offering, for the strengthening of their efforts.
This year, we must think carefully about Tu BiShvat’s call. We must think about all of those in our sightlines who are being prevented from planting their roots, the ones who are being denied the most essential human experience of building something permanent, of building something that is forever.