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One Family's Pain

A Peaceful and better world is furthered more by memory than spectacle. One minute to remember massacred Israeli Olympians would have been mission-appropriate. A family's pain mustn't be isolated from fellow people, or each family's horrors will one day be every family's story. 

"The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practised in accordance with Olympism and its values." (

Updated Times & Information for Tisha Be'Av at Netivot Shalom 5772

Updated Times & Information for Tisha Be'Av at Netivot Shalom 5772

‘The Chosen Island’: A Film the Jews of Cuba! - 4 p.m. Sunday, July 22 at JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. Free.

David Tacher at the Holocaust memorial in Santa Clara, Cuba 'The Chosen Island'Jews in Cuba have an elaborate history. They first arrived on the island to flee the Spanish Inquisition, and since then have assimilated, emigrated and endured. Through interviews with the Cuban Sephardic Jewish community, the film "The Chosen Island" takes viewers through the history and revival of the Cuban Jewish community. The film will have its Bay Area premiere at the JCC of the East Bay, followed by a talk by Maritza Corrales of Havana, an historian and authority on Cuban Jews.4 p.m. Sunday, July 22 at JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. Free.

From the Rabbinical Assembly: "A Meditation on the Tragedies of Recent Days"

A Meditation on the Tragedies of Recent Days  July 2012 - Tammuz 5772From RA President Gerry Skolnik: Dear Colleagues,  The month of Av has come upon us in a manner true to historical form. Mishenikhnas Av, m'ma'atin b'simhah... When the month of Av begins, we are told, we are instructed to diminish our joy. Sadly, a week of violence and tragedy all over the world has done it for us. With our heads still bowed low in sorrow over the murder of innocent Israeli tourists in Bulgaria earlier this week, we learned of yet another episode of horrific violence, this time in Aurora, Colorado. For reasons still unknown -- are there ever reasons for something like this? -- a gunman walked into a crowded movie theater, sprayed tear gas and opened fire on the stunned patrons. At least 12 are reported dead, some 50 wounded, and countless others traumatized.  It is not Aurora alone that has suffered this attack. We are all citizens of Aurora. We are all stunned and dismayed by the sensel…

A Prayer in Response to the Terror Attack in Bulgaria

A Prayer in Response to the Terror Attack in BulgariaJuly 2012 - Tammuz 5772Dear God,It is just too much. On the eighteenth anniversary of the attack that killed eighty-seven of our brothers and sisters in Buenos Aires, we have lost more of our family, this time in Bulgaria. Again. It is just too much. So many people, on their way to enjoy Your world, Adonai... We know there is no sufficient answer, but we call out from the depths of our souls: Why? We cannot absorb the pain. Today, we are made aware once more of the fragility of goodness and the urgency of peace. We are one family of many families, God. We are bound together with all families in a common life, in a dream of peace. And on days like this that dream shatters into almost irretrievable shards. We need You. We mourn for our murdered sisters and brothers cut down today by evil. May their memories be a blessing, and may their souls be bound up in the bond of Life.We pray for those injured. Merciful One, grant them the courag…

Don't Wear Your Tallit Like A Prayer Shawl! WOW Rosh Hodesh Av Newsletter

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July 20, 2012 Rosh Hodesh Av WOW Prayer Service: 
Join Women Of the Wall for our unique Rosh Hodesh (New Moon) Prayer Services that take place monthly at the Western Wall.
This month we are celebrating the Jewish Month of Av. Join us on July 20, 2012 at 7am at the women's section of
the Western Wall. There we will pray as a group of women, out loud. We welcome everyone. We know it's an early hour, but we can't think of a better way to start your day! We will have our Torah reading at 8am at Robinson's Arch. Hope to see you there or have you join us in spirit wherever you are! You can join our Facebook event too!

To see videos from our previous service click here. For pictures click here.

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