October 2013 was intense around here. Well, at least for me; and certainly for our Artist-in-Residence, Jay Wolf Schlossberg-Cohen.
The Center was filled with excitement, anticipation and inspiration for me and the hundreds of you who participated in one of our 28 mural painting sessions.
Our community, under Jay’s guidance, took 1,560 square feet and 8 planter tops of blankness and transformed them into a work of art. A work of art that communicates social justice themes such as Environmental Stewardship, Human Rights & Dignity, Economic Justice, and Food Justice.
Do you remember eating lunch outside by the J café and seeing the steady progression over 15 packed days? Or perhaps coming back after an absence to notice the work fully realized? I remember October, but this documentary by Chip Curry brought back vivid details by capturing the communal spirit and offering candid testimonials. I’m delighted to share it with you.
In our second installment of Q&A with Rabbi David Saperstein, Rabbi Lavey Derby asks about his roll and influences.
Q: You’re held in high esteem by colleagues and peers: who do you admire and why?
“Too many to do justice to. I have been blessed to meet and work with so many of the greats over the years. My parents rank alone in their influence on my life: My father, as a beloved rabbi for nearly 50 years in one synagogue and he and my mother as passionate social justice activists. In the Jewish social justice arena, my two most influential Jewish social justice mentors were Al Vorspan, the longtime social justice VP of the Reform Jewish Movement, and at 90, in my Continue reading →
The North Peninsula Jewish Community is honored to welcome Rabbi David Saperstein, a passionate spokesperson for social justice, as our 2014 Scholar in Residence. Rabbi Saperstein is Director and Counsel of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, representing the Reform Jewish Movement to Congress and the Administration. In 2009 Newseek Magazine named Rabbi Saperstein as the most influential rabbi in the country and the Washington Post described him as “the quintessential religious lobbyist on Capitol Hill.”
Rabbi Saperstein was kind enough to give us this interview so that our community might get to know him better. Continue reading →