May 5, 2006
Thanks to everyone who made it to 3GNY's second Shabbat Dinner. We'd like to thank Makor for hosting us and offer a special thanks to our guest speakers:
- Donald Cohen-Cutler from the Union of Reform Judaism's Commission on Social Action
- Arielle Cahill from the American Jewish World Service
- Rachel Silverman from Makor, who led our Shabbat service (She also headed the Makor contingent to the Save Darfur Rally in Washington.)
On the heels of the successful Save Darfur Rally on April 30, the evening's theme was social justice. Specifically, how Jewish tradition and social justice are connected.
The evening began early with a screening of "Paperclips," the inspirational film documenting a Tennessee middle school's efforts of commemorating the Holocaust. After the meal, 3GNY led a panel discussion with Donald, Arielle and Rachel. Each described the work they've done in helping to end the Darfur genocide and whether they felt their Judaism led them to their positions serving the cause of social justice. They also shared with us their impressions of the Darfur Rally.