Rabbi Neil's WEEKLY WORDS!
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Under the leadership and inspiration of BSS member Mitch Rishe we are forming a Beth Shir Shalom team to participate in the annual Walk to End Genocide organized by Jewish World Watch at Pan Pacific Park.
There have been 44 genocides in the world since the Holocaust! As Jews, the primary inheritors of the Holocaust's legacy, we can either ring our hands about how little we've learned and resign ourselves to human cruelty or we can do something about it!
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Click here to read remarks from Emeritus Rabbi Sandy Ragin, Leo Baeck Temple at a breakfast in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 17, 2014.
OPEN UP YOUR SEDER TO THE "SLAVERIES" OF TODAY
This Passover, put a tomato on your Seder Table click for details
Read Rabbi's Rosh HaShanah Sermons 2013
Rabbi's Rosh HaShanah Sermons 2012
Leviticus 19, also known as the Holiness Code (i.e., how we should act with one another in order to activate each other's holiness!) tells us "You shall not oppress your fellow. You shall not rob. The hired worker's wage shall not remain with you overnight until morning." Keeping someone at an hourly salary that is below anything approaching a living wage is tantamount to oppression, robbery and holding their wages overnight. Some have had their wages held "overnight" for years. Let's feed this economy and help each other get back on our collective feet!
The need to keep pressing Congress on behalf of working class Americans who desperately need a raise remains urgent. At just $7.25 an hour, or roughly $15,000 per year, the current federal minimum wage is leaving millions of hard working Americans in poverty.
Support Senator Tom Harkin's (D-IA) legislation to raise the federal minimum wage. Tell your Representative: Raise the minimum wage - Click Here
Check out the important work being done by Rabbis for Human Rights here
Get actively involved -- Click here for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
CURRENT AREAS OF CONCERN
- End Solitary Confinement
- We are working with Imagine LA to mentor a formerly homeless family
- We have partnered with the Islamic Center of So. Cal to promote interfaith activities, understanding and respect.
Neil's Album: "On This Day and all the Time" is now available!. Featuring 14 songs that will take you a musical journey for kids of all ages born of heart and inspiration.