Passover Reflections on Faith, Freedom, and Family

Passover Reflections on Faith, Freedom, and Family

(This piece written by TEMV board member Dana Rudolph. All opinions are her own.) I’ve been celebrating the spring holidays with my interfaith family and reflecting that Passover and Easter this year come in the shadow of ongoing and spiteful religious exemption laws in a growing number of states and in the federal government. These laws, widely seen as targeting the LGBTQ community along with Jews and others, would allow people to cite their religious beliefs as a reason to discriminate. I have to remind myself, however, that we shouldn’t set religion and LGBTQ equality as necessarily opposing forces. (more…)...
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Lunch Bag Assembly Makes Over 200 Lunches

Lunch Bag Assembly Makes Over 200 Lunches

Today our community made 238 lunches for the Lowell Transitional Living Center, which provides shelter, showers, laundry, and food to assist people in the journey from homelessness to housing. Nine-year-old Caitlin, one of our Religious School students who took part, observed, "You think about all the people you are helping. It feels so good." Read on to see some photos. (more…)...
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Changing the Landscape of Hate

Changing the Landscape of Hate

(A d'var by TEMV Board Member and Publicity Chair Dana Rudolph, delivered November 9, 2018.) This landscape is familiar, strewn with ash and blood. We’ve been here before, too often, seeking the living, counting our dead. I know the terrain, can pick my way stumbling over the bodies, the stench of fear and hatred lingering in the air; the thoughts and prayers; the headlines and statistics. (more…)...
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