Did You Know? In 2001 the United Nations sponsored the “World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance” (called the Durban Conference) in Durban, South Africa. At this gathering out of 192 U.N. member states (including Sudan and Iran), only Israel was singled for racism. In 2009 at the second “Durban” Conference, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahamadinejad was a keynote speaker, and as part of his speech he denied the holocaust and endorsed the genocide of the Jewish state. In 2011 the third Durban Conference is being held Wednesday, September 21st at the United Nations in New York City. The United States and Canada have already boycotted, but is that enough? Join me and participants from the Boca Raton Jewish Experience in mobilizing the global community to raise our voices and demand that this conference not take place. If you are not familiar wit the issue, please watch the video below.
This month Boca Raton Synagogue will be focusing on the theme of “Giving is Getting”. Last Shabbat Rabbi Efrem Goldberg spoke about the important topic of “Are You Giving Enough Time to Friends, Family and Community?” If you missed the speech, please CLICK HERE to read what he said. How many of us are so connected to technology that we have begun to neglect our friends and family, maybe it’s time to “Disconnect to Connect”. In addition, as I mentioned earlier in the week, this Sunday is the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. Below you will find a list of the important programs that are taking place at Boca Raton Synagogue over the weekend, including special awards to the Palm Beach Fire Department Chief and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Captain at Seudat Shlishiet. Also if you haven’t been to or told one of your friends about our amazing Friday night beginner service called Friday Night Live, please note that we will be having a special program in memory of the 3,000 people who lost their lives on 9/11. The details are listed below.
I also hope that you either registered or found someone to register for the free beginner service on Rosh Hashana or Yom Kippur. This will certainly be a memorable High Holiday season and only a limited number of seats remain, please see below for more information. Finally one of the new additions to the Friday newsletter is “This Past Week on Jewish Pride Radio”. Each and every weekday morning I host a radio show called Jewish Pride Radio. It broadcasts live at 6:00am. If you missed any of the featured shows and interviews, just click on any of the Jewish Pride Radio links below and enjoy.
Shabbat is such a special gift and I can’t wait to for it to begin.