Category: Community

“Lean on Me” Day

Many of us have loved the song, “Lean on Me,” for a long, long time. And, as it happens, July 8 is the anniversary of the single hitting #1…

Black and Jewish Communities Sharing History

We Act Radio begins “Sharing History” for the District and for every place where black and Jewish communities have some things to learn about one another. Listen here — “We Act Radio: Black and Jewish […]

Korach and Dysfunctional Systems

Why are Moses and Aaron, and God, unable to hear the people’s desperation and anger, in the face of completely failed expectations? And what is our job…How might better listening, and closer attention to circumstances behind complaints and rebellion, change things?

Learning to See

Where one lives plays a crucial role in determining access to opportunity, and learning to see “opportunity” and its effects is an important part of understanding our world and how to pursue justice in it. […]

Malcolm X and The Power of Small Things

“The fame we get from fighting for the freedom of others creates a prison for us”…

Teapots in Babylon

My personal connection to the language of “Babylon” has been growing for some time…

Trouble to See #3: Beyond the Romance

I never visited the Catskills in the heyday of Jewish resorts. But Eleanor Bergstein’s portrait of one liminal summer there reflects something essential in my own experience, albeit in a non-Jewish neighborhood of Chicago, and […]

“Wrestling Jerusalem” and Listening thru Oppression

“…but they did not heed because of shortness of spirit-breath” (Exodus) “It’s complicated…” (“Wrestling Jerusalem”) Early on in the Exodus story, we learn that the Hebrew slaves in Egypt were unable to absorb Moses’ message […]

Praying STILL with Voices of Grief

Sandra Bland. Alonzo Smith. Natasha McKenna. Jamar Clark. The heartbreaking and indicting list goes on. Activists and mourners from the DC area and around the country joined together last year, at this season, for “Voices […]

Life, Liberty, and the Promise of Peace

Readers may have noticed a long silence on this blog. But I have not been entirely silent. At start of June 2015, I began an additional blog, #SayThisName, to mark those lost to homicide and […]