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Social Action Shabbat: “Becoming Better Allies: Our Role in the Struggle for Racial Justice”

On November 22, the Social Action Committee will host a Shabbat service focused on the struggle for racial justice and what we can do to support real progress. We are excited to announce that our speaker will be Rev. Marcus D. Allen Sr., pastor at Mount Zion Baptist Church and the newly elected president of the African American Council of Churches in Dane County.

Pastor Allen will talk about the power of a team in achieving racial justice and how the black and Jewish communities can work together more effectively. We will reaffirm why racial justice is important to us as Jews and learn about meaningful actions we can take. The evening will help us build more effective and consistent teams, through our racial justice action team and elsewhere. This Shabbat service will build on Rabbi Biatch’s Rosh Hashanah sermon on racial justice.

Pastor Allen was ordained in July 2005. Before that, he served in the United States Army for over 10 years, including three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received a number of medals and awards. He also preached while abroad, assisting soldiers with motivation and spiritual guidance to help endure the hardships of being in a war zone. Since then, he has completed studies for his Master and Doctor of Divinity degrees and served as a pastor for four years in Virginia. He has been in Madison serving at Mount Zion since 2017.

Please join us for any or all of the evening. Dinner from Banzo will be served at 6:30 pm, with services at 7:30 pm. The Oneg Shabbat will feature pastries from Just Bakery. RSVP and register for dinner here. Please register for dinner by November 13.

The Social Action Committee will also share information about all the work we are doing and how your family can participate. Social Action Committee members will be available to answer questions.

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