The Congregation Beth Hatikvah Board of Directors is committed to making CBH a welcoming place for everyone and to being a good neighbor. We are thinking about the best ways to support our members and our community. We will keep you updated as our response evolves.
May 30, 2020; New York, NY – Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and senior vice president of the Union for Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:
On Shavuot, as we received the Torah anew, with its unbending demand for justice, we also witnessed protests in Minneapolis, Louisville, and around the United States following the all-too-familiar lethargy in bringing George Floyd’s killers to justice.
The national rage expressed about the murder of Mr. Floyd reflects the depth of pain over the injustice that People of Color – and particularly Black men – have been subjected to throughout the generations. In recent months we have seen, yet again, too many devastating examples of persistent systemic racism, leading to the deaths not only of Mr. Floyd but of other precious souls, including Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.
We remember others before them: Eric Garner. Tamir Rice. Trayvon Martin. Sandra Bland. Oscar Grant. Philando Castile. Walter Scott. Terrence Crutcher. Samuel Dubose. Michael Brown. The list feels endless, and so too is our despair. But as we recite the Mourner’s Kaddish for them all, we say now, again: We will not sit idly by.
Our country simply cannot achieve the values of “justice for all” to which it aspires until we address ongoing racism in all sectors and at all levels of society. We remain in solidarity and action with the NAACP’s urgent #WeAreDoneDying campaign, whose policy demands cover areas of criminal justice, economic justice, health care, and voting, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disproportionately impact Black Americans. As the NAACP says, “Senseless hate crimes and incidence of COVID-19 cases and deaths spreading throughout the Black community display the continuance of systematic racism and privilege granted to white people in America.”
We pray for the families of Mr. Floyd, Ms. Taylor, Mr. Arbery, and all those whose lives have been so cruelly and violently taken, and we renew our commitment to working to achieve a nation that exemplifies compassion and justice for all.
Welcome to Congregation Beth Hatikvah
Forging a New Future for the Jewish Community on the Kitsap Peninsula
We are a warm, inviting congregation with plenty of musicality and spirituality. We offer adult education classes throughout the year, provide Jewish education for toddlers through teens, and have flexible and personalized B’nai Mitzvah preparation. All that, plus rockin’ Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat services and inspirational Saturday morning Torah services.
Announcing Project Zug!
CBH is excited to partner with Project Zug to offer online havrutah study to our community!
What Is Havruta Study? Havruta means partner-learning. We will match you with a local study buddy (or you can tell us who you would like to study with). You and your partner choose from over 30 courses, and then meet once a week to read and discuss a text that Project Zug provides. It is a great way to build or deepen relationships while also learning about our heritage.
Registration is easy!
Click the button below to register. Make your account, and use the registration code CBHZUG