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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.


While we were still able to meet in person the Viewpoints Committee showed two movies in its Israeli Film series: Family in Transition and Priest. During the past year, while the Temple Emeth building was closed due to the pandemic, Viewpoints provided virtual programming. It presented six programs of short films, including: Hannah Cohen's First Communion; From Man to Man; The Outer Circle; What We Left Behind; Through the Window; The Love Letter; and Black Hat. In addition, it offered a two-part program on Unconscious Bias and a tour of LGBTQ sites in New York City, courtesy of the Museum of Jewish Heritage. 


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


The Viewpoints Committee welcome your suggestions about future programming. Email

Join us for this year's programming. 

Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. The Viewpoints Committee will be showing the film The World Was Ours, which will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker Mira J. Van Doren. Narrated by Mandy Patinkin, the documentary chronicles the rich, vibrant history of the Jewish community of Vilna, known as the "Jerusalem of Lithuania," before its destruction in World War II.

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.

Sat, July 2 2022 3 Tammuz 5782