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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.


The Viewpoints Committee offers programs to the Temple Emeth community both online and in person.


Our short film series included such movies as: Hannah Cohen’s First Communion; From Man to Man; The Outer Circle; What We Left Behind; Through the WindowThe Love Letter; and Black Hat. In addition, we've offered a two-program discussion on Unconscious Bias and a tour of LGBTQ sites in New York City from the Museum Of the Living Heritage. We have held a discussion with the director of the film A Question of Survival and a presentation about the Vilna Project. We joined with other synagogues to sponsor a panel of Jews of Color.

As part of our efforts to raise awareness of the minority, LGBTQ, disabled, and interfaith communities, the Viewpoints Committee is currently sponsoring a program of DEI groups. The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) groups are small discussion groups, whose purpose is to enable us to understand how others experience life at Temple Emeth. Reading and assessment materials are used to facilitate the discussions.

The Viewpoints Committee welcome your suggestions about future programming. Email

Temple Emeth Artist-in-Residence Weekend sponsored by the Viewpoints Committee 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. 

Elaine Barrett of PFLAG (center), spoke on "I'm Good if They're Happy," a talk about the joys and challenges of parenting LGBTQ children, at one of Temple Emeth's Annual Pride Shabbat Service, coordinated by the Viewpoints Committee. Also pictured, Karen Rappaport, committee chair, and Rabbi Sirbu.

Wed, September 28 2022 3 Tishrei 5783