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Shabbat services with the Havurah are a blend of traditional liturgy and melody, contemporary music and poetry, silence, song, learning and discussion. No two services are the same, yet the foundation of tradition is always present!
Since 2008, nearly 500 communities have joined this celebration. In 2017 alone, Truah’s Human Rights Shabbat program reached over 12,000 people in 154 communities. Human Rights Shabbat is observed on the Shabbat closest to International Human Rights Day, December 10, which is the anniversary of the UN’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 2019 marks the 71st anniversary of the Declaration.
On Human Rights Shabbat, we celebrate the deep intersections between Judaism and human rights. This year, Truah: A Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, is encouraging Jewish communities across the country to use this Shabbat as a time to discuss racism and white supremacy. Susannah Heschel, the daughter of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heshel who marched in Selma with Revered Martin Luther King, and Rabbi Mike Rothman write on behalf of Truah: “African Americans still await true freedom and justice after centuries of enslavement, Jim Crow laws, and today’s New Jim Crow of mass incarceration. The hostility and cruelty directed against POCs flies in the face of our common humanity and, we believe, rips at the very heart of God. As Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote, we forfeit the right to worship God when we humiliate people of color”.
There is still much work to be done. Join us for this important service and conversation!