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Viewpoints

The Viewpoints Committee celebrates the rich diversity of the Jewish community. Viewpoints presents a wide variety of programs that help the congregation grow and learn together about different segments of our family, especially the interfaith, Jews of color, and the LGBTQ communities. These programs involve speakers, films, readings, and performance artists who hail from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. The one recurring program that Viewpoints sponsors is our Pride Shabbat in June. At that Shabbat there are special readings and speakers that highlight the LGBT Jewish experience.

 

Past Viewpoints programs include speakers from: Lambda Legal Foundation; Garden State Equality; Bechol Lashon; and Kulanu. We have presented movies, including: Off and Running and Boy Meets Girl and two Israeli films: The Secrets and Who’s Gonna Love Me Now. We have met regularly to watch and discuss the TV Reality Show Kosher Souls.

 

Viewpoints has also offered some special performance pieces, such as Milbre Burch’s show, Changing Skins and Vanessa Hidary’s, Kaleidoscope. A highlight of the Viewpoints recent programming was the three-day Artist-in-Residence in 2018. We sponsored the performance piece In Thy Tent I Dwell by Jônatas Chimen Dias DaSilva-Benayon, a Brazilian-American artist and a member of the Anousim, the Crypto-Jewish Community. In both his performance piece, art works, and presentations Jônatas represented the experiences of this community.

 

Programs for the current year include:

Saturday, December 8, 2018 — Trans is a documentary movie that offers an up-close and very personal journey into the transgender world through the memorable stories and the unusual lives portrayed. Following the fill, we will gather for Havdalah and Chanukah candle lighting as we celebrate the Festival of Lights.

 

Sunday January 20, 2019 — Chanie Getter joins us for a program on the Process of Change. The only constant in life is change. Join us for a vibrant conversation on navigating life’s transitions, while discovering, embracing, and celebrating ourselves. This program is co-sponsored by B'Yachad.

 

Sunday February 10, 2019 — Speaker Jane Larkin, author of From Generation to Generation: A Story of Intermarriage & Jewish Continuity, will present The Oys and Joys of Being the Parent or Grandparent of a Child in an Interfaith Relationship.

 

Sunday March 3, 2019 — International Ladino singer/songwriter, author and cultural activist Sarah Aroeste will sing and talk about Ladino Music Transformed from Yesterday to Today. She will draw upon her Sephardic roots from Greece and Macedonia to present this multi-generational program. This program is sponsored by B'Chol Lashon.

 

Friday June 14, 2019 — We will hold our Annual Pride Shabbat Service, featuring special readings and speakers that highlight the LGBTQ Jewish experience.

 

Every year, the Viewpoints Committee presents programs like these, which can enlighten our community. We welcome your suggestions about future programming. Email viewpoints@emeth.org.

Temple Emeth's Artist-in-Residence Weekend featured Jônatas Chimen Dias DaSilva-Benayon, a Brazilian-American symbolist artist, author, and academic. He is a featured speaker for Kulanu (“all of us” in Hebrew), a group that supports isolated, emerging, and returning Jewish communities around the world. 

Bianca Chanel Mayes (center), Garden State Equality's Health & Wellness Coordinator, was the guest speaker at Temple Emeth's Annual Pride Shabbat Service, coordinated by the Viewpoints Committee. Also picture, Karen Rappaport, committee chair, and Rabbi Sirbu.

Sun, October 21 2018 12 Cheshvan 5779