Labor on the Bimah Shabbat Service
Friday, August 30 at 6:30pm
Labor Day is not just a day off! It is a day that honors the American labor movement, and their work to ensure fair and just labor conditions for American workers. We participate in “Labor on the Bimah” as part of an interfaith initiative that strives to bring these values into worship on Labor Day weekend. Join us for an inspiring Shabbat service that lifts up the labor movement on this important weekend.
Dora V. Chen, a temple member and Associate General Counsel for Political Programs at the Service Employees International Union, will discuss the intersection of racial justice and economic justice in the labor movement. One of SEIU’s core principles is that our nation cannot achieve economic justice without achieving racial justice as well. The Fight for 15 is an example of how the Union’s work fuses race and class. That campaign raised the minimum wage in states around the country, while also empowering low-wage workers of color and white workers to demand justice in their workplaces and communities. Dora’s presentation will further discuss how race is being used to divide people against their interests, why naming race explicitly in our national discourse is crucial, and why cross-racial unity is essential to the economic welfare of society as a whole. Dora is a member of the Multiracial Sinai Committee and proud alumna of Bend the Arc’s Selah Leadership Program.
Join us as celebrate Shabbat while “Praying With Our Feet” at A Wider Circle in Silver Spring, MD. This is a wonderful opportunity to observe Shabbat through tikkun olam, repairing the world. Volunteers will help load furniture, restock household items, sort through donations, repair objects, and do whatever else may be needed. All ages welcome, but we recommend kids be elementary+.
The Gun Violence Prevention Group hosts a brunch conversation with Rev. Rob Schenck, President, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute and author of Costly Grace: An Evangelical Minister’s Rediscovery of Faith, Hope, and Love. Rev. Schenck has been taking his pro-life message to fight gun violence. Read more.
A light brunch will be served. There is no charge, but we ask you to RSVP below.
Social Action Menu
Temple Sinai is committed to work for justice in education, housing, immigration, jobs and other areas. We have signed the Brit Olam of the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism (RAC) and committed through the RAC’s Urgency of Now Campaigns to protect the rights of transgender students, defend the rights of immigrants at risk of deportation, and reform the criminal justice system and end mass incarceration. Through the Social Action Committee, Women and Men of Reform Judaism and other groups and committees, we engage in direct service, advocacy, and organizing on these and a host of other pressing issues. Below are ongoing projects and opportunities for tzedakah and tikkun olam: