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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.


Past Viewpoints programs include speakers from: Lambda Legal Foundation; Garden State Equality; Bechol Lashon; and Kulanu. Chanie Getter joined us for a program on the Process of Change, and Jane Larkin, author of From Generation to Generation: A Story of Intermarriage & Jewish Continuity, presented The Oys and Joys of Being the Parent or Grandparent of a Child in an Interfaith RelationshipWe have presented movies, including: Off and Running, Boy Meets Girl, Trans, 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, and Sarah Aroeste, an international Ladino singer/songwriter, author and cultural activist, who sang and spoke on Ladino Music Transformed from Yesterday to Today. Another highlight of the Viewpoints 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.


Viewpoints Film Series — The Viewpoints Committee continues its Short Films on Zoom, followed by discussions. Check your weekly email for login information, or contact the Temple office.


October 7, 2020Through the Window – This film, written and directed by Chen Shumowitz, tells the story of a mother who learns of her daughter's relationship with another woman through her kitchen window.

October 7, 2020 – The Love Letter tells the story of Noa, a soldier who receives a passionate love letter in her locker from one of her female soldiers. Is the letter a hoax or an honest expression of affection? This film was produced by the Tel Aviv University Short Film Program and won an audience award at the Tribeca Film Festival.

October 30, 2020The Black Hat is a short film about a seemingly pious Hasidic man living a double life. When he misplaces his black hat one night, it causes his two separate lives to collide in a way he never imagined.




Two-Part Series on Unconscious Bias 

October 28 and November 4

The Viewpoints mission is to present programs about the nontraditional Jewish community. As part of these goals they are sponsoring a two-part series about the relations between Jews and people of color. This program about Unconscious Bias was originally offered by the Jewish Federation of Northern NJ. Each lecture is 60 minutes with a discussion to follow. 


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

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. 

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 Temple Emeth's Annual Pride Shabbat Service, coordinated by the Viewpoints Committee. Also pictured, Karen Rappaport, committee chair, and Rabbi Sirbu.

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