a D'var Torah by Rabbi Capers C. Funnye and Panel Discussion
Friday, January 29, 2016
As part of our yearly theme: Din, Emet, Shalom (Justice, Peace, Truth), we welcomed Capers C. Funnye, Jr. rabbi of Chicago's Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation to give the d’var Torah at this special Kabbalat Shabbat service. During Shabbat dinner, Rabbi Funnye and a panel of community members discussed issues related to race and equity in the Jewish community. Listen to his d'var Torah and panel discussion from this insightful evening.
In April 2013, Beth Emet and Second Baptist Church, both highly regarded and longstanding leaders in Evanston's interfaith and social justice movements, sent 38 high school students and eight chaperones on a six-day bus trip over spring break, to the South to visit key sites from the civil rights era. The trip was called "Sankofa," which is a West African word that means, "go back and get it." The idea is that it's important to reflect on the past to understand our present and build a better future. The goal of the trip is for our African-American and Jewish youth to engage in an interfaith, interracial experience by interacting with history as a way for them to lay the foundation to cooperate in the future and help build a more just society.
More than 530 volunteers from four diverse Evanston-based congregations prepared meals for needy families, enterained senior citizens, restored prairie lands, washed wheel chairs and shared emotional-stirring moments of communal prayer and reflection during Unity Weekend held April 19-21, 2013.