Rabbi Neil's WEEKLY WORDS!
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Mitzvah #1 - The Giving Tree Project
We will be purchasing Christmas trees for families in the surrounding neighborhood of Macedonia Baptist Church who can't afford trees of their own. (...and planting them on Sun. Jan. 20th!) Our goal is 50 trees! Please purchase one or more trees at $18 and make the check out to Beth Shir Shalom and write "Giving Tree Project" in the note space.
Mitzvah #2 - Christmas Turkeys
Also in conjunction with Macedonia Baptist Church, we are purchasing Christmas turkeys for those in need. Last year the church distributed over 500 Christmas dinners. Please help us contribute to this year's effort! We are asking for a donation of $18. Please make the check out to Beth Shir Shalom and write "Christmas Turkey" in the note space.
Mitzvah #3 - Meals On Wheels
Once again, we will be helping Meals On Wheels by delivering meals on Christmas Day.
Please contact Marlene Cole if you would like to prepare and/or deliver meals.
Read Rabbi Neil's Sermon on Gun Control given on January 20, 2013 at the Macedonia Baptist Church
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.