Someone nearly vandalized a menorah and a sign attached to it on display on the Amherst College campus in Massachusetts last week, and school President Biddy Martin just will not stand for it.
Witnesses have come forward with helpful information, and this incident remains under investigation.
Hanukkah’s celebration of light and joy in the overcoming of persecution provides an occasion for all of us to end the semester with a commitment to a safe and welcoming community. In the face of such an aggressive act, I suggest that the rest of us take responsibility, not for having spelled out a racist epithet on a car, but for a response to it that condemns this act and all the forms of racism of which it is an instance.
Martin proposed to hold a symposium in the spring semester about promoting an inclusive atmosphere on campus. Chanukah Car Menorah Parade - News & Developments - Rabbinical College of Australia and N.Z. The Parade, organized by Menachem Aron, drove through many major shopping strips, drawing much attention from pedestrians and other vehicles alike. Special thanks to Avi Vorchheimer for his help coordinating the Parade, and to the Bochurim of Yeshiva Gedola Zal for ensuring that the Parade ran smoothly. Rabbi Silver has brought great growth in membership, expansion of educational offerings and services, and a vision of a totally involved congregation serving the spiritual needs of Jews in our South Bay Community. Over the years, under Rabbi Silver’s guidance, the focus of the congregation has been on Jewish education in all its permutations. Since becoming the first bat mitzvah in the history of CTJ, our sheliach tzibbur (messenger of the congregation) has led services and life-cycle events throughout the country, internationally and on the high seas.

Stacey attended Mira Costa High School, Brandeis University, CSUDH, and the Academy of Jewish Religion and studied privately with Cantor William Sharlin (z"l). The lighting of a Menorah on Hanukkah symbolizes triumph over persecution and spreading light at the darkest time of the year.
Well, besides dealing with backlash over mishandling of sexual assaults on campus earlier this year, just a week prior to the menorah incident, an Amherst student reported a car parked next to the Lord Jeffery Inn had the "N-word" written in the snow on its roof, according to In The Cac, a blog covering the NESCAC.
We cannot undo what is done, but we can call racism by its name, agree that it will not be tolerated on our campus, and counter it by doing more to create a culture that honors our differences and our shared humanity. According to the Amherst Student, a campus newspaper, the symposium would deal with race and diversity and other possible actions the college could take. Menorah Kits were distributed throughout the Parade, in addition to the joy that was generated by the spontaneous dancing. Also, thanks to all the drivers who participated in the parade and helped make it a reality.
He is a product of Temple Beth Emet, then under the spiritual leadership of the late Rabbi Aaron J.
His Hevrat Torah class will celebrate its 20th year of continuous Torah study and dialogue in the Fall of 2007.
Her family joined Temple Menorah after they drove from New York, harmonizing all the way, when she was a toddler.
We have spent much of this semester addressing sexual assault and our responsibility as a College to do more on the side of prevention, while improving the way we handle it when it occurs.

He has also instituted a weekly Shabbat morning service which will celebrate its 18th anniversary. Other obstacles to equity and inclusion have arisen in our discussions and deserve our focused attention. Her family's havurah later created Congregation Tifereth Jacob, now Congregation Tikvat Jacob-Beth Torah, in Manhattan Beach. She is thrilled to sing again with Cantor Ken Jaffe and to work with Rabbi Silver and the amazing Dan Spector on Friday nights and the Temple Menorah choir for the High Holy Days. We have made a start in the long-term project of changing culture, but there is a great deal more that needs to be done, here as elsewhere. He received his Masters in Hebrew Letters in 1982, and was ordained Rabbi by the Hebrew Union College -Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, Ohio in 1984. Most of all, she loves to sing Friday night blessings in 4-part harmony with her family and loves to hear the congregation harmonize with her. He was assistant Rabbi at Congregation Emanu El in Houston, Texas for three years, and came to Temple Menorah in 1987.
Rabbi Silver is the father of three children, Jesse, Lena and Talya, all of whom are currently university students active in Hillel and teaching in their local synagogues.

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