Sign In Forgot Password

Inspire and Transform Virtually with The Temple

As we continue to Inspire Lives, Transform Our World, we do so now via our online technologies. Below is a list of the coming opportunities to connect. For security, please check your Temple email for the Zoom links. Hope to (virtually) see you soon! 

Please read the following notes and/or follow the links for additional information. 

1) Worship 

2) Virtual Learning, Socializing & Connecting 

3) Breman Education Center Information 

4) Racial Justice Resources

5) Racial Justice Resources for Kids

6) Contact Us

7Calendar


Missed any of our virtual worship, learning or engagement opportunities?

You can now watch The Temple's past Zoom sessions on Vimeo. Click below to view our recorded Worship Service and Learning & Engagement Opportunities.

 


Worship With Us

Please note that we are changing virtual worship platforms from Livestream to Zoom due to shelter in place directives. For security, please check your Temple email for the Zoom links.. Our clergy will be leading services from their homes and Zoom is the technology that will allow for this. Thank you for being aware and let your Temple and other friends and family know. 


Friday, July 10, 2020

5:30 pm | Shabbat Socializing 
Join our Temple greeters online before services for some time together before we welcome Shabbat. 
For Security reasons, please check your Temple email for the Zoom Link.

6:00 PM | Virtual Shabbat Service
For Security reasons, please check your Temple email for the Zoom Link.


Saturday, July 11, 2020

9:00 AM Virtual Shabbat Morning Torah Study
Join our clergy for an interactive Torah study - an opportunity to learn about the week's Torah portion and discuss its relevance to our lives. For Security reasons, please check your Temple email for the Zoom Link.

10:30 AM | Virtual Saturday Morning Shabbat Service

CancelledMini Shabbat for July 11th
We will be back next month with the Mini Shabbat you know and love! 

For Security reasons, please check your Temple email for the Zoom Link.


If you wish to follow along in Mishkan T'filah:  https://www.ccarnet.org/publications/mishkan-tfilah-for-shabbat/


Virtual Learning, Socializing & Connecting 

For security purposes, please see your Temple email with the Zoom link for this offering. Thank you

This Week's Virtual Learning Opportunities

Shabbat Stories: For Families Who Want to Talk with Their Kids about Race

2nd – 4th Grade
Saturday, July 11 | 10:30 am
Join Rabbi Lapidus for a special Shabbat experience as she reads Something Happened in Our Town. In addition to acknowledging Shabbat, these sessions focus on an age-appropriate story and interactive questions to support you and your family in tackling the biggest questions of how to explain race to our youngest children, and how to be a Jewish family standing up against racism. 

Shabbat Stories: For Families Who Want to Talk with Their Kids about Race
2nd – 4th Grade

Saturday, July 11 | 10:30 am
Join Rabbi Lapidus for a special Shabbat experience as she reads Something Happened in Our Town. In addition to acknowledging Shabbat, these sessions focus on an age-appropriate story and interactive questions to support you and your family in tackling the biggest questions of how to explain race to our youngest children, and how to be a Jewish family standing up against racism.

Intersections of Race in Labor and Sexual Exploitation: with Deborah Richardson, Executive Director of the International Human Trafficking Institute at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights 
Monday, July 13th | 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Racial injustice is embedded throughout the systems which impact Black children's lives. There is little to no access for jobs paying a living wage, affordable housing, or high performing schools. In addition, poor safety options only contribute to the deplorable conditions for their vulnerability. The current economic health crises is our opportunity to dismantle the injustice. We will speak with Deborah Richardson, Executive Director of the International Human Trafficking Institute at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, to learn more about this crisis and the ways we can work together to create change. 

Jewish Meditation
Tuesday, July 14th | 1:00 - 1:30 pm
Join Rabbi Medwin for a few minutes of reflection and relaxation, based in thoughts and teachings from our tradition.  

News in the Time of Covid: with Matt Pearl, 11Alive News
Wednesday, July 15th | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
We will welcome Matt Pearl, Reporter and Chief of Storytelling and Development for 11Alive News, to learn about the ever changing landscape of the news during Covid-19.  Matt will discuss the challenges of being a journalist during this time, and making sense of a subject that is very complicated for all of us. He will discuss how reporters' jobs have changed-- from the way interviews are conducted, how stories are written, and working with colleagues. Reporters are also learning how to re-work their own work-life balance! 
Matt Pearl graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and worked at stations in Sioux City Iowa and Buffalo, NY before heading to Atlanta. In 2016, he authored "The Solo Video Journalist", a how-to book for aspiring storytellers and multimedia journalists.

Uprooting Racism: A Reading and Discussion Group for Adults
Monday, July 20th | 7:00 pm
As the world around us writhes in pain and chaos, we will seek to do a small part of the work that our allies are recommending, as we delve into the topic of racism and how white Americans can respond. Join us as the congregation reads "Uprooting Racism: How White Americans can Work for Racial Justice" by Paul Kivel. You can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Uprooting-Racism-People-Racial-Justice/dp/0865718652/ref=dp_ob_title_bk Then, join your clergy as we unpack
what we've learned together on July 20th in discussion and breakout groups. Together, we'll do the work that this moment calls us to do.

if the provided Zoom link is not working properly, please follow these steps to access The Temple Zoom webinars & meetings.

Open your Zoom app (blue icon with white video camera ) and Click “Join” icon (blue plus sign). Enter Meeting ID (number found below the Zoom link in your Temple email) and Click “Join”. Enter the Password (also found in Temple email), if applicable.

If you do not have the Zoom app, go to www.zoom.us/join and enter the Meeting ID (number found below the Zoom link in your Temple email) and Password (also found in Temple email), if applicable.


Supporting Your Temple


Racial Justice Response

In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many more, and in light of the subsequent protest and unrest, we have heard many Temple members ask: What can I do to help?

We have compiled resources for becoming a skilled ally. Below, you’ll find resources for reading and viewing to gain a better understanding of factors that underpin issues of race in America. This work is hard, and it takes time and investment. But unless we do this tough work of introspection, the racial factors of our systems that allow for such circumstances will remain invisible and the pain of so many will remain unaddressed.

  1. Join our four-part series beginning in July to examine race together using The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing (Paperback). Email Joya Schmidt (jshmidt@the-temple.org) to express your interest, and we’ll be in touch in the next few weeks with follow-up information.

 

  1. Find a group of friends and take the 21-day challenge together. Watch, read, listen, engage, and reflect each day for the next three weeks. If you assemble a group, and take up the challenge, please let Rabbi Medwin know at lmedwin@the-temple.org. We’d love to support your journey and help to weave your learning into your Jewish identity as well.

https://www.eddiemoorejr.com/21daychallenge

Or, if you would like it broken down by how much time you have per day, this link will be helpful for you.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1H-Vxs6jEUByXylMS2BjGH1kQ7mEuZnHpPSs1Bpaqmw0/mobilebasic?fbclid=IwAR2Ld1Yfd35RLz5YqK9GH0S5jL4dkpJXn17FrJncGdU22RhyZ4ZTO8xzBFo

  1. Read these foundational books on the subject of racism in America.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

“Lessons of the 1619 Project” by New York Times columnist Nikole Hannah-Jones (winner of 2020 Pulitzer Prize)

  1. Here are other books more specifically about our response to White Supremacy and Racial Healing:
    Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice (Paperback)

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism (Paperback)
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide (Paperback)
How Jews Became White Folks and What That Says About Race in America (Paperback)
How to Be an Antiracist (Hardcover)

  1. Consider donating to Black-led organizations.

The article In Philanthropy, Race Is Still a Factor in Who Gets What, Study Shows also informed our thinking. We believe that how you begin matters and are committed to allocating resources with parity. Part of white advantage and class advantage is the time and freedom, even leisure, to make commitments and invest deeply without counting the cost. But there are costs. Seeing ourselves is necessary if we are serious about racial equity—a world nourished by the gifts of all people. Please make a personal contribution (of any size) to one of these black-led organizations if you have not already done so; they are local or regional and focused on liberation efforts and support for and of Black people. As you remember times you have made a contribution to a historically white organization you were unfamiliar with simply because a friend asked, this is an invitation to practice the same ease and trust for this request.

· Black Mecca Project https://www.theblackmeccaproject.com/donate;

· MAMA Fund https://www.atlantamutualaid.org.

· Southern Black Women and Girls Consortium https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/sbgwcrelieffung

  1. Reach out to black friends and colleagues who are in deep pain, frightened, and angry, to let them know you care. Listen and learn. But don’t be hurt if their response is not what you had hoped. Our work in congregational engagement has taught us that “it’s all about relationships”.
  2. Acknowledge and honor the difficult and vital work done by police every day, especially for our Temple. And, also demand a higher level of accountability of local police departments regarding their use of lethal force.

8. Learn to be skilled anti-racist allies who work methodically to change personal responses, economic and business decisions, civic institutions, and systems by joining the Rothschild Social Justice Institute efforts to change policies that perpetuate systematic racism. To learn more about our efforts to end mass incarceration, visit www.endingmassincarceration.com and contact our RSJI Racial Justice leaders Eric Schwartz and John Eaves (contact info at https://www.the-temple.org/racialjustice to get involved.

 

Social Justice Resources for Kids

We know that times such as this brings up important questions and conversations to be had with our children. Below, you’ll find guidance and resources that address the issues of race, particularly how we can raise racially conscious children. As with the social justice resource page, we will continue to post update the information.

  1. Here is a great list of books, shared with us by some of the African American Jewish members of our congregation.

https://www.embracerace.org/resources/26-childrens-books-to-support-conversations-on-race-racism-resistance?fbclid=IwAR1YbwVp3M8CqlHRO6EAITnsVQ0bD6AvDnbaxs6FQ3EWPMfLqM6s_mYrvUI

  1. This is a book list for children and teens from Charis Books and More. You don’t have to order the books from them, but they are the oldest feminist book store in the Southeast, right here in Atlanta. ER Anderson, who facilitated our Raising Race Conscious Kids series last fall, works there and has been a trusted advisor. This list has books for children as young as infants (board books) through young adult reading.

https://www.charisbooksandmore.com/books-teach-white-children-and-teens-how-undo-racism-and-white-supremacy-0

  1. For parents, ER suggests these books in particular. The first one may seem a strange choice because it is written by a Christian pastor but in his opinion it is valuable for white people of all faiths to read:

Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America (Paperback)

White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America (Critical Perspectives on Youth #1) (Paperback)

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race

A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory

  1. Time and again, studies show that white children are not taught about race and racial injustice with the same frequency or at the same early age as their peers of color. Parents of white children often struggle to work conversations about race "naturally" into the flow of the day, believing that race, like sexuality or body development is a topic that necessitates a "big talk" in a time carved out from the flow of normal life. One of the easiest ways to do this is to have books around that prompt conversation and answer questions. Reading "diverse" books and cross-culturally is a great place to start. We also believe that one of the best ways to raise healthy, race-conscious white children is to talk to them early and often about racial injustice and racial difference in the course of your daily family life.
  2. Your clergy are interested in helping you with this vital task. Keep your eyes peeled for ways to engage some of these titles in small group discussions with families and clergy coming this summer. Email Joya Schmidt (jschmidt@the-temple.org) with your early interest in this kind of age appropriate conversation.

 

  1. Modeling is the most powerful way to teach our children about the values we hold most dear. As parents, consider joining one of our RSJI groups. See www.the-temple.org/rsji to browse the groups and contact the leaders of these groups to find out more about the current opportunities to model making the world a better place.

 

Serving Those In Need
If you are feeling anxious or disoriented lately, you are not alone (and your Temple clergy is here for you if you would like to talk). The coronavirus is evoking in all of us different fears and concerns. It is also awakening in many of us a deep connection with and love for our families, neighbors, and especially for those who are most vulnerable during this time. In your responses to our phone calls and emails, you are worried about our various partners in the community, organizations that help people who are directly impacted by school closures, medical treatment, quarantine, and more.

If you would like to talk to a member of our clergy, please reach out to office@the-temple.org
 
During these unusual times, you may find you and your family members need extra support. Whether it’s dealing with the stress of sheltering in place or resources to help meet your monthly expenses, please know the Jewish community is here for you. Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta’s Emergency Response Fund has made funding available to members of the Jewish community who are in need as a result of COVID-19. Available supports provided by Jewish organization partners include:

Jewish Family and Career Services (JF&CS) - https://jfcsatl.org/

  • Counseling - 770.677.9474
  • Food and emergency financial assistance – 770.677.9389

Supports for older adults and their caregivers through AgeWell Atlanta – 1.866.AGEWELL (1.866.243.9355) - https://agewellatl.org/

  • Telephone reassurance
  • Food and emergency financial assistance
  • Information and referral to older adults services and supports

Jewish Interest Free Loan Association (JIFLA) – (470) 268-5665 www.https://jifla.org/our-process/

  • Interest free loans

Given the financial difficulties many people are finding themselves in (or might encounter in the future, I put together a list of helpful links and phone numbers:

Links to information and applications for Government Benefits:

Atlanta Food Bank: http://www.acfb.org/covid-19-help-map

Kosher Food Pantry (through JF&CS): 770-677-9389 

Emergency Financial services:  JF&CS 770-677-9389 


Connecting With Us
If you need to reach a member of our Clergy or Staff, click here.
We are here for you!


 

 

Sat, July 11 2020 19 Tammuz 5780