NEWS & EVENTS

June 18, 2024

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Watch Email for Program Reminders!

PLEASE NOTE

The office will be closed June 24 - July 5.

Will return in July.

Fridays, June 21 & June 28


VINTAGE RABBI WINE SERVICES

Led by Suzanne Paul

Humanist Minister

As we close out the month of June, you're invited to join Suzanne Paul for a trip down memory lane incorporating two "vintage" services composed by Rabbi Wine!


Suzanne, current secretary of our Board, is a long-time congregational leader and one of the first graduates of the Humanist Institute founded by Rabbi Wine.


The services will take place on June 21 and June 28. They are in person only. (Yahrzeits will be read.)

June 21, 7PM

"SHABBAT"


Celebrate Shabbat with Rabbi Wine's insights about how and why Shabbat services at CHJ have always been, and continue to be, a significant part of our congregational life.


June 28, 7PM

"HOPE"


The second special service explores the concept of “Hope.” Rabbi Wine believed that “we live through hope.” This service reveals the many ways we find to stay hopeful during difficult times. 

NO SERVICE ON JULY 5

SINGING BOWL SOUND MEDITATION

WITH ANTONIO SIEIRA, Ph.D.


Sunday, June 23, 11:30AM

in person only


Breathe In, Breathe Out. Singing Bowl Sound Meditation is for all levels of meditation practice, from beginners to advanced practitioners. 


In each open meditation session, mindfulness is practiced with Singing Bowl accompaniment. 


A Singing Bowl “Sound Bath Meditation” consists of the gentle tapping of numerous Tibetan Singing Bowls. Meditators sit or recline in a comfortable position and meditate to the tranquility of the sounds. The session concludes with Loving Kindness meditation. 


Dr. Sieira has been a mindfulness and meditation practitioner for over 50 years. He holds graduate and post-graduate degrees in special education and psychology and is the author of “The Mindfulness Meditation System.”

Wed., June 26, Noon

Join us to discuss...

Five-year-old Milad Salama is excited for a school trip to a theme park on the outskirts of Jerusalem. On the way, his bus collides with a semitrailer. His father, Abed, gets word of the crash and rushes to the site. The scene is chaos—the children have been taken to different hospitals in Jerusalem and the West Bank; some are missing, others cannot be identified. Abed sets off on an odyssey to learn Milad’s fate. It is every parent’s worst nightmare, but for Abed it is compounded by the maze of physical, emotional, and bureaucratic obstacles he must navigate because he is Palestinian. He is on the wrong side of the separation wall, holds the wrong ID to pass the military checkpoints, and has the wrong papers to enter the city of Jerusalem. Abed’s quest to find Milad is interwoven with the stories of a cast of Jewish and Palestinian characters whose lives and histories unexpectedly converge.


Winner of the 2024 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction

AUTHOR TALK!

Sun., June 30

12:30-2PM


The Social Justice Committee invites you to a luncheon, presentation, and discussion with


SARAH TOWLE

author of...

Please RSVP for the luncheon to:

audreypleasant@gmail.com

ABOUT THE BOOK:


It was family separation and “kids in cages” that drove Sarah Towle to the US southern border. On discovering the many-headed Hydra that is the US immigration system—and the heroic determination of those caught under its knee—she could never look away again.


Crossing the Line: Finding America in the Borderlands charts Sarah’s journey from outrage to activism to abolition as she exposes, layer by “broken” layer, the global deterrence to detention to deportation complex that is failing everyone—save the profiteers and demagogues who benefit from it.


Deftly weaving together oral storytelling, history, and memoir, Sarah illustrates how the US has led the retreat from post-WWII commitments to protecting human rights.


Yet within the web of normalized cruelty, she finds hope and inspiration in the extraordinary acts of ordinary people who prove, every day, there is a better way. By amplifying their voices and celebrating their efforts, Sarah reveals that we can welcome with dignity those most in need of safety and compassion. In unmasking the real root causes of the so-called “crisis” in human migration, she urges us to act before we travel much farther down our current course—one which history will not soon forgive, or forget.


FROM THE REVIEWS:


"Sarah Towle has obliterated today's dead end arguments about immigration and transformed them into riveting, human stories. We forget that ideas—good and bad—have always crossed our borderlines; only human beings need a piece of paper. We all deserve a narrative with clarity, and Towle's has delivered. Spectacular!" - KEN BURNS, filmmaker

CANASTA CLASS

& PLAY!

Thursdays, 1-3PM

Lessons for novices and games for seasoned players!


For more information, please contact Debbie Lopas at 248.331.3480 / debbielopas@gmail.com or Cathy Radner at ‭248.229.8954‬ / radner210@gmail.com.

NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING


Saturday, Aug. 10, 11:30AM to 12:30PM


Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82417709465


ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND!

JOIN THE SJC EMAIL LIST!


Stay up-to-date!


If you want email updates about events, contact Audrey Pleasant:

(audreypleasant@gmail.com) to sign up!


No obligation!

COMING SOON...


GET OUT THE VOTE!


SJC will be participating in non-partisan get-out-the-vote in-person and at-home efforts.


Stay tuned for dates and other details!

COLLECTIONS UNDERWAY


Help us to clothe and supply those in need...


...with toiletries, new or gently used spring clothing, toys, children's items for other needs, household items, etc. Drop off in lobby.


If donating items from other categories or larger items, please first contact Audrey Pleasant (audreypleasant@gmail.com) for more information. 

KNIT / CROCHET / CRAFT FOR A CAUSE


Next Session: TBA


All welcome; no skill needed. Will include a beginners' lesson in crocheting!

An array of recent warm hats knitted by our group!

Contact Audrey Pleasant: audreypleasant@gmail.com to be on the reminder list.

JEWS FOR A SECULAR DEMOCRACY

MICHIGAN VOTER INPUT URGENTLY SOUGHT!


A MESSAGE FROM NOMI JOYRICH

Michigan Jews for a Secular Democracy


We are urgently seeking Michiganders to make comments on the new proposed Senate maps. Can you spend a few minutes doing this? (I can help you!)  

 

We need people who are able to provide comments at the meeting on June 20. You can comment in person or via zoom. We also need people to provide written comment (but the comments at the meetings have the biggest impact!)

 

The MICRC (Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission) is in the process of redrawing the Michigan Senate maps. They will complete the process by the end of June, so this is our last opportunity to give input. Of the 12 maps that the MICRC is considering, only three have a partisan fairness score that is equal to or better than the current map. Nine of the proposed maps would provide a clear unfair advantage to one of the political parties. Maps won’t be redrawn again for another 10 years. 

  

Please respond if you are able and willing to comment. 

 

I can provide a simple analysis of each map and help you with your comment.


Looking forward to hearing from you!


Contact me at Nomi Joyrich, nomi@jfasd.org, 248.497.1226

IMPORTANT LINKS


YAHRZEITS

 

Click here to see upcoming Yahrzeit Memorials. 


TRIBUTES

 

Click here to see recent Tribute Gifts.

WELL WISHES


BEST WISHES FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY TO:


Jim Walker, Bennett Greenberg


Please inform us if you know that someone is ill or in need.

COMMUNITY NEWS

MAZEL TOV TO

Gerrie Barclay!

Gerrie was recently presented with the Feminist Icon Award by the Michigan Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW).

ONLINE, IN-PERSON & BOTH!

Classes are for members only or by arrangement with Rabbi Falick or Ann-Marie Fisher, exec. director.


RABBI FALICK'S MONDAY CLASS:

THE HISTORY OF ANTISEMITISM

Exploring the history of the world's oldest hatred.

Entire recorded series posted to CHJ YouTube Channel.


RABBI FALICK'S SATURDAY CLASS

JOURNEY THROUGH THE TORAH

Join this exploration of the iconic narratives of the Torah through both critical and traditional perspectives.

Saturdays, 10AM, On Hiatus.


SOCRATES CAFE

Tuesdays, 11AM

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/182488428


MAH-JONGG

Tuesdays, 1-2:30PM, In-Person

For more information, contact Denise Parker, 248.321.9428.


CANASTA

Thursdays, 1-3PM, In-Person

For more information, contact Debbie Lopas at 248.331.3480 / debbielopas@gmail.com or Cathy Radner at ‭248.229.8954‬ / radner210@gmail.com.


YOGA

Fridays, 11:30AM On Hiatus

with Karen Lutz

Wednesdays, 9:30AMIn-Person

with Connie Grossman

ZOOM REQUIRES A PASSWORD!

The password was sent under separate cover. Please contact rabbi@chj-detroit.org if you need it.


ONLINE VIDEOS OF PROGRAMS & CLASSES

Visit LibrarySHJ.com and our YouTube page for videos of past services, classes, lectures, and more!

CONGREGATION FOR HUMANISTIC JUDAISM

OF METRO DETROIT


248.477.1410 / office@chj-detroit.org


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