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Social Action Shabbat and Dinner: Becoming Better Allies: Our Role in the Fight for Racial Justice

Friday, November 22, 2019 24 Cheshvan 5780

6:30 PM - 9:00 PMSwarsensky Social Hall and Sanctuary

The Social Action Committee invites you to welcome Shabbat together at dinner and a service focused on the struggle for racial justice and what we can do to support real progress.

Our speaker during the service will be Rev. Marcus Allen, pastor at Mt. Zion Baptist Church and the newly elected President of the African-American Council of Churches in Dane County. After being ordained in July 2005, Pastor Allen served in the U.S. Army for over 10 years, including three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received several medals and awards. He preached while abroad, assisting soldiers with motivation and spiritual guidance to help endure the hardships of being in a war zone. He then completed studies for his master and doctor of divinity degrees and served as a pastor for four years in Virginia. He has served at Mount Zion in Madison since 2017.

This Shabbat service will build on Rabbi Biatch’s Rosh Hashanah sermon on racial justice ( 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 in our racial justice efforts and elsewhere.

Enjoy Shabbat dinner catered by Banzo and information about all our social justice activities and volunteer opportunities throughout the evening.

Please join us for any or all of the evening:

6:30 pm Dinner from Banzo. 
7:30 Shabbat service with Oneg Shabbat to follow, including items from Just Bakery


Information about volunteer opportunities will be available before and after the service.

Register for dinner by November 13 ($18/adult, $11/youth). Menu includes falafel, pita bread, hummus, marinated chicken, chopped salad, majadra rice, and more. Registration is now closed, if you are interested in attending, please contact Aleeza,


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