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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Excited to be going home...

Yep, it's true. The Cincinnati Boxts are returning home to Atlanta. Thanks to a very positive congregational vote this morning, I was confirmed to be the 2nd rabbi at Temple Kol Emeth in Marietta, Ga. While it is absolutely true that Batya, Carlie and I are thrilled to be returning to our old stomping grounds of Atlanta...we are even MORE thrilled to be beginning a new journey in a new home tucked away in East Cobb - Kol Emeth. This congregation has so many wonderful things that make it such a great place to be a part of...and there is also opportunity for growth!

My life has always been about helping so many ways, and I know that this congregation will give me plenty of opportunity to continue this work. Temple Kol Emeth is a community of people who want to talk the talk and walk the walk. And, we are ecstatic to be a part of it!

I will be writing more in this blog over the next few months with ideas and thoughts that I have for the future and especially with our new family. Please continue being who you are and never forget about the opportunities we all have to make amazing differences in the world!!

For now,

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Sunday, February 12, 2012

A goal - it will happen, I am not sure when...

Ok - all of you who read this blog know that Global Social Justice is of the utmost importance to me. It is not just the way I feel or is in the way I live my life. I am not saying that I am perfect or any better than anyone else. What I am saying is that I try to live what I preach...and treat everyone the same. This is not just lip is who I am and who I try to be!

So....I have been a big supporter of the American Jewish World Service and the One Campaign (and the Red Campaign) for years. I have often mentioned to anyone who was listening that Bono - Paul David Hewson - the lead singer of U2 (and one of the co-founders of the One Campaign and the Red Campaign) - was a major hero of mine. It is true. This is a man who has achieved the highest level possible in his craft/skill/career and who is using his celebrity to effect positive change in the world.

Each year, the American Jewish World Service sponsors individuals and organizations to host a Global Hunger Shabbat in November. It is an amazing opportunity to teach others about the problems of Global Hunger and organizations that are working to effect change. This year, I hosted a modest event with about 6 people. It was a good beginning, and I am so excited to be able to share this experience with my congregation next year.

Ok, so here's the goal: I want to combine my passion for social justice (and AJWS) and my admiration of Bono. My goal is to invite Bono to be a part of my Global Hunger Shabbat. I do not expect that this will happen this year...but I hope it will happen one day. After all, if we are all working to make the world a better place and improve the lives of those who are in the Global South, why not work together?

It is my dream/goal/aspiration that all people who desire to help the world to become an equal global community will be able to achieve this: where everyone has the same opportunities as everyone else. I hope that my children will live in this world...

B'Ezrat HaShem (with God's help),
May this happen soon!