Temple Adat Elohim
SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2019
“Hinei ma tov u’ma na’im shevet achim gam yachad.” “Behold how good and pleasant it is when all people live together as one.” (Psalm 133:1) According to Merriam Webster, discrimination is described as “prejudiced or prejudicial outlook, action, or treatment.” It is the “act of making or perceiving a difference.” Can people live together as one? Discrimination, on all levels, is still widely rampant in our society today. Imagine a world where none of these abominable and disgraceful feelings exist - a world where others won’t judge you, because you look, think, or act differently than they do. Imagine a community which is open to diverse ways of thinking and a safe harbor for all. Our mission statement states, “Adat Elohim (TAE) is a welcoming and fulfilling Jewish community embracing those who seek spirituality, knowledge, and a desire to heal the world.” Grouped together with “connection, tikkun olam , and commitment to community,” it then makes perfect sense that inclusivity is one of our community’s core values, and an important theme to TAE. Inclusivity is central to Judaism. The Torah teaches us the importance of hospitality and welcoming the stranger. It’s fundamental to TAE’s history and to the human condition. Every person wants to feel included, respected, and valued for who they are, and not subject to acts of intolerance and unfairness. Yet, I also recognize that to “walk the talk” by living the value of inclusivity can be difficult and awkward, because it involves putting someone else’s needs before our own. For instance, the act of inclusivity can be demonstrated in a variety of behaviors. Imagine if: • We enthusiastically introduce ourselves to a visitor during a Shabbat service and oneg, even if we feel exhausted and fatigued from a long week. • We sit next to someone who is alone, even though it’s not our nature and we’d prefer to catch up with a group of old friends. • We invite someone to a gathering or board/committee meeting who opposes our point of view, even if it means being challenged. It takes commitment and strength to override conscious and unconscious biases and learn to work more effectively and powerfully across lines of difference. This requires consistent focus, innovative strategies, regular self-assessment, and doing the hard work of updating our institutions’ existing policies and programs to ensure inclusivity and equitability in today’s Jewish community. Being inclusive means we accept people as they are, even though it’s human nature to judge them. Yes, it can be hard, but it’s so very important to pursue inclusivity. So, what can we do when we’re challenged, when the actions are difficult to achieve, yet important for us to meet TAE’s core values? Sometimes we must step out of our comfort zone. Here are some ideas we should consider at TAE: • Select a friend and together introduce yourselves to someone new. • Invite someone who is alone to sit with you. • Make sure name tags are available when you’re coordinating an event at TAE. Our TAE community is amazing and together we can expand the circle of people who are within. Imagine how wide we may draw the circle of warmth, caring, and connections if we all demonstrate our core values together.
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Our Mission: Temple Adat Elohim is a welcoming and fulfilling
Jewish community embracing those who seek spirituality, knowledge, and a desire to heal the world.
Bazman Hazeh Bazman Hazeh is the newsletter of
L’Shalom, Juli Rycus
Temple Adat Elohim 2420 East Hillcrest Drive Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 A Reform Jewish synagogue, affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism. It is published monthly.
Rabbi Diamond: Bdiamond@adatelohim.com Cantor Shukiar: Dshukiar@adatelohim.com Aliza Goland: Agoland@adatelohim.com Marcy Goldberg: Mgoldberg@adatelohim.com Donna Becker: Dbecker@adatelohim.com
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