Today is August 18, 2019 -
I like to stay informed. I read a variety of news from a variety of sources. I have to say that because of the political climate, it’s getting more and more difficult. I thought that we might have reached a bottom, but probably not. My Facebook feed is the worst. Except for the occasional chicken recipe and cute baby pictures, it’s all about politics and all across the spectrum. Moreover, it’s never positive.
So, let me share some good news, which unfortunately did not make the headlines in any of our local press. Wednesday night Congregation Gates of Heaven hosted an interfaith love-fest with the Schenectady Clergy Against Hate for the Schenectady community. The sanctuary was packed with Jews, Muslims, Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, Sikhs, and others. We warmly greeted our traditional partners and met some new ones.
I was particularly inspired by one of the Methodist reverends who suggested that even when we do not agree, we can walk together when our hearts are aligned. This seems to be really hard for people these days, as our disagreements layer so tightly around our hearts.
Kudos to Rabbi Matt and the entire Schenectady Clergy Against Hate coalition for putting together this tremendous program. The group’s next program will be a blood drive at Mt. Olivet Missionary Baptist Church on February 7.
I want to pass on an opportunity. My colleague, Dara Kaufman, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, has invited us to a very exciting program on March 29 in Pittsfield. She is bringing in J.J. Goldberg and Jonathan Tobin to discuss (debate?) “Left vs Right – The Battle for Israel’s Soul.” Please see program details here. While the topic itself is very interesting, I am most interested in seeing how these two have aligned their hearts even as they disagree.
If anyone is interested in attending, please let me know so that I can give Dara a headcount. Also, let’s try to organize some ride-sharing. Let me know if you can drive or if you would want a ride. I promise that the conversation on the ride home will be lively.